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A Spectacle of Music & Might


A Spectacle of Music & Might


No, not that kind of tattoo! The centuries-old tradition of the military tattoo gathers bands and military corps for a display of music and might -- and the Virginia International Tattoo is the largest Tattoo in the U.S., and one of the largest and most spectacular in the world!

Thursday, April 26th  7:30 pm (OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION)
Friday, April 27th  & Saturday, April 28th 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 29th 2:30 pm




There is SO much to see and do during your Tattoo visit, here is just a start to your weekend patriotism, pride, and FUN!

  1. Plan to arrive early to attend the Tattoo Hullabaloo. Held three hours prior to each Tattoo performance (Th, F, S, Su), this mini-festival of fun on Scope Plaza includes food and beer, music, dance and drill performances, and photo-ops with performers!
  2. A unique opportunity to hear top-level Grade 2 and 3 bagpipe bands from all over the world as they compete in what is sure to be the premier pipe band event in the United Staes, the 3ND ANNUAL VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AMERICAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP. The competition will be held on Saturday, April 27, 12 Noon - 5 PM; the Awards Ceremony will begin at 6 PM on Scope Plaza.
  3. NATO FLAG RAISING - An official military flag-raising ceremony for all 28 NATO Members' Nations will be held on Thursday, April 26, 5 PM on Scope Plaza.
  4. NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL'S 65th ANNUAL PARADE OF NATIONS AND NATOFEST Norfolk is home to the only NATO Headquarters outside of Europe. Join us as we honor NATO and its international influence with our annual Parade of Nations and NATOFest featuring all 29 NATO Member Nations. This free, family-friendly event is held Saturday, April 28, at 10 AM in Downtown Norfolk. Norfolknatofestival.org
  5. Visit the MacArthur Memorial which pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
  6. Proudly berthed at the Norfolk Harbor, and steps from great dining and shopping are two of Norfolk's most popular attractions: Nauticus-The National Maritime Center and the Battleship Wisconsin. Come aboard!
  7. With all this water, it's no wonder there are multiple cruise tour options! See Norfolk from every angle with a harbor cruise on the Elizabeth River, and choose from three different options--Victory Rover, American Rover, and the Spirit of Norfolk.
  8. Walk through Town Point Park and along the Elizabeth River to the Armed Forces Memorial, a poignant tribute to the service people in the United States who gave up their lives in war.
  9. Norfolk's waterfront location makes for a relaxing getaway. Check out these Festival-friendly hotels.