Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth, please visit


October 29

10 am - 5 pm

Portsmouth Museum Madness
Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Lightship Museum

Enjoy a haunting day of Halloween fun at all three Portsmouth Museums with frightfully fun arts and crafts, tricks and treats and other spooky activities.

For more information please call 757-393-5258.


November 25


Opening Weekend: Winter Wonderland: Coleman Collection

9AM – 8PM - Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents.  Opening weekend brings crafts, activities, pony rides, face painting and much more.   Animated displays feature Victorian skaters and carolers, enchanted forest of bears, deer and other fauna along with Santa’s workshop, candy store and bakery.  These holiday displays delight visitors of all ages.  For more information please call 757-393-8543.

Music of the Mandolin

12 PM – 2 PM: Among the numerous instruments she plays, Susan Heely chooses the magical mandolin to perform during the holidays.  She will play 15th and 17th century European music for those visiting the Winter Wonderland showcase on these particular days. For more information please call 757-393-8543.

Olde Towne Santa

3 – 8PM – The Olde Towne Santa returns to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season.  See if you are on Santa’s naughty or nice list. For more information please call 757-393-8543.

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Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.