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 1


Fright Flight: Original Horror Fiction read by today’s top authors of suspense and gore
7:00 pm

Five authors will gather for an evening of ghastly thrills on this October night, reading to the delight of those who crave fear. Each will bring a new level of angst to this series of short horror excerpts. A Q-n-A panel will follow with a meet-n-greet book sale, signing, and raffle. This event is free, along with parking. It will not be for the young or light of heart. Use discretion and be warned.

For more information about all the gory details call 757-393-8543.

First Friday

October 7


Concert in the Courtyard featuring More Cowbell
5 - 8 pm - Free and Open to the Public

The season closes with the blues and rock of More Cowbell. Two guitars, Allman, Stevie Ray, Steely Dan, James Brown . . . need we say more?

The Concert in the Courtyard series is sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority


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.

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400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8543
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.