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Stockley Gardens Arts Festival | Saturday & Sunday Oct.17 &18th, 2015

Building community takes art. Music. Food. Laughter. A willingness to work together. Most of all, it takes vision.

For almost 30 years, Hope House has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition, drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.

Twice a year, on the third weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by approximately 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.

The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with intellectual disabilities. But the events themselves benefit the entire community.

Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the artists, who compete for cash prizes. There are special exhibits and prizes for college students in the fall, and high school students in the spring. Award winners are announced during the Artists’ Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.

We’re proud to give the community one of the best outdoor arts festivals in the area. In fact, the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival was featured in Richmond-based 64 Magazine as “One of the 64 reasons we love Virginia!” So don’t miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. It’s a good time, for a good cause.

Dates & Facts

2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 18, 2015, noon to 5 pm
Location: Stockley Gardens Park in the Ghent section of Norfolk
Media: Fine art, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and more
Attendance: 25,000 — 30,000
Admission Fee: Free and open to the public
Events: Live entertainment and kids’ activities throughout the day
Artists’ reception: Saturday at 5 pm
Map of Park & Artist Locations: Available at the information booth in the center of the park
Participating Artists & Vendors: Will be available in late August

Entertainment

You gotta have art. But you also gotta have some activities to keep the little ones entertained, as well as an opportunity for local musicians to strut their stuff.

Kids’ Activities

All activities listed below take place at the Children’s Stage, which is in the middle of the park (B Block), near the center circle.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:00-2:00 pm Abrakadoodle
2:00-3:00 pm Carrie Criddle
3:00- 4:00 pm STAHR
4:00-5:00 pm C-Shells
 

All Day: Bobby the Clown

 

Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:00-4:00 pm Abrakdoodle
2:00-3:00 pm Bobby the Clown
4:00-5:00 pm C-Shells

For more information, email Keeley Fenning at kfenning@hope-house.org, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

 

Live Music

All musical acts listed below perform on the Main Stage, at the top of the park (A Block) near Olney Road.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 am TBA
11:00 am TBA
12:00 pm TBA
1:00 pm TBA
2:00 pm TBA
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Noon TBA
3:30 pm TBA
   

For more information, email Keeley Fenning at kfenning@hope-house.org, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

 

Artists’ Reception

A free artists’ reception with live music will take place on the main stage on Saturday evening. The party takes place immediately after the show ends for the day, and lasts from 5 to 7 pm. We encourage the festival artists to attend, along with sponsors, volunteers, and the community at large. Midway through the reception, the Festival judge will announce the award winners and distribute prizes.

In addition to live music provided by talented musicians, food vendors remain open for the reception, and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available. This rockin’ outdoor party is a great opportunity to have fun and mingle with both patrons and artists.

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