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May 23, 2009

American Rover Harborfest 2009 Schedule

For Reservations call 757-627-7245
Purchase Tickets at our ticket booth at Waterside Marina
Rates are adults/children

Friday, July 3

9:30am – 12:30pm: American Rover Parade of Sail $25/$15
3:30pm – 5:30pm: American Rover Harbor Tour $16/$10
8pm – 10:30pm: American Rover Fireworks Cruise $25/$15

Saturday, July 4

11:30am – 1pm: American Rover Harbor Tour $14/$8
3pm – 5pm: American Rover Harbor Tour $16/$10
7:30pm – 10:00pm:  American Rover Fireworks Cruise $35/ 20

Sunday, July 5

11:30am – 1pm: American Rover Harbor Tour $14/$8
7pm – 9pm:  American Rover Sunset/Twilight Fireworks Cruise $22/$12

For more information about Harborfest go to

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest®,
Hampton Roads' Largest Dock Party
33 years of festival traditions are celebrated on land as well as on the river!

Location: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Date:  July 3-5, 2009
Time:  Friday: Noon - 11 pm
Saturday: Noon -11 pm
Sunday: Noon - 8 pm

Norfolk Harborfest® began more than a quarter century ago when the Norwegian Tall Ship Christian Radich came to call on Norfolk, a waterfront community that had no city-owned property on which to dock a ship. The ship was docked three blocks from Town Point at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and 13,000 people crossed her gangway in just one and a half days. Over the next two years, City planners and leaders created berthing to accommodate more ships, and a waterfront public park was planned. Norfolk Harborfest® was born.

Today, tall ships from all over the world frequently call on the City of Norfolk and nearly half a million visitors gather on the downtown waterfront each year for this annual celebration of our region's rich nautical heritage.

The traditions of the East Coast's Premier Waterfront Festival are celebrated with nautical history, maritime events, visiting vessels, children's activities, local, regional and national entertainment. Festivities stretch from The Waterside Festival Marketplace to the Historic Freemason Harbor.

Three exciting events, three explosive days of free entertainment, three electrifying days of fireworks displays and the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads! You are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Town Point Park, commemorate the 33rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest®, and say Happy Birthday to America at the 27th Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks all on one spectacular weekend.
The weekend festivities include the Official Opening Ceremonies of Town Point Park; Over 130 hours of live entertainment on multiple stages, featuring national, regional and local musical acts; Naturalization Ceremony; WVEC Channel 13 Parade of Sail; Rededication of Town Point Park's Memorials; Norfolk Harborfest® Rendezvous; Virginia Wine sampling; The Ultimate Build a Boat, formerly Quick & Dirty Boat Building; Tug Muster; Children's Activities and More!

On Friday, July 3rd, WVEC Channel 13 Parade of Sail will enter the downtown harbor at 12 Noon: The City of Norfolk is proud to welcome this year's tall ships, the Cisne Branco from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Capitan Miranda from Montevideo, Uruguay; Norfolk's own Schooner Virginia; Pride of Baltimore II from Baltimore Maryland; Meka II from Beaufort, North Carolina. 

Hard Rockfish Café: One of the hottest spots at Norfolk Harborfest, the Hard Rockfish Café will feature live entertainment with local and regional acoustic favorites as well as delicious, fresh seafood prepared by Granby Street's own Snapper's Restaurant and your favorite adult beverage selections.  Meet your friends at the Hard Rockfish Café!

Made In Virginia Wine Tasting: The Made In Virginia Wine Tasting will feature wine sampling from Chatham Vineyards , Rebec Vineyards and Rockbridge Vineyard and fine dining with table service featuring Freemason's favorite, Omar's Carriage House.  Wines will be available by the glass, bottle and case as well.  Reservations are recommended by calling 757.622.4990!

Eat, Drink and Be Maritime: Outdoor dining on the waterfront will include over 50 food and beverage stations serving tasty festival menus of Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob, BBQ, Crab Cakes, Hot Dogs, Seafood, Watermelon, Turkey Legs, Old Fashioned Lemonade, Sno-Cones, Ice Cream, Fried Twinkies, and more!

Dockside Art Gallery: Norfolk Harborfest® shopping at its best! Guests are invited to visit the Dockside Art Gallery, located near Waterside in front of Otter Berth. The Dockside Art Gallery features original nautical art from The Chesapeake Bay Art Association including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, pottery and other forms of nautical artwork, on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend.

Launch your summer with the area's biggest and oldest dock party!!

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