Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

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 PortsVaEvents.com

Saturday's
Now - April 30

 

Art of a String: Kite Making Activities
10:30 am - 3:30 pm

It’s that time of year again, when the air is warmer and the breeze is just right for kite flying. Join us in April for Kite Month when the museum will host kite-making activities on each Saturday so that everyone can build and have a kite to fly at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival on May 1st at Portsmouth City Park (See Atlantic Coast Kite Festival for more information). During times when kite making activities are offered, visitors may purchase kite-kits for $3 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun. Markers will be available for decorating the kites so each will have their individual creation to fly. There is nothing better than launching your artwork into the sky for all to see. These small kites are fool-proof when it comes to flying. Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally.

Admission is free on First Saturdays.

Saturday
April 30
Sunday
May 1

 

2016 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Portsmouth City Park

Gather your family and kites and join us for the 11th annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival beginning at 17th Street Park in Virginia Beach on Saturday, April 30th and continuing on Sunday, May 1st at City Park, 140 City Park Ave. in Portsmouth. From giant kites that fill the sky, weather permitting, to American Kite Association (AKA) flyers who will perform kite ballet to music and share their skills in flight, the event holds activities for all skill levels to enjoy.

Kite flying champion Archie Stewart returns to teach workshops on kite building. Materials for the workshop are available for a nominal fee. Kite vendors will also be at each site for those interested in purchasing a kite.

Organized flight training sessions will be offered for those interested in learning to fly single-line and dual-line kites. Learn the safety of kite flying, how to launch, fly and land your kite. Bolo races, face-painting and other children’s activities round out the day.

The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is a collaborative event sponsored by Jackite, Inc., BeachEvents, and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

First Friday

May 6

 

Concert in the Courtyard featuring Soul Intent
5 - 8 pm - Free and Open to the Public

Visit exhibits and enjoy live music with family and friends. Newcomer band Soul Intent played their first time in January, 2015 at Elizabeth Manor Country Club, a performance which ended with a standing ovation. The next morning bandleader Randy Boone was busy taking calls from venues interested in hosting his group –the “phone rang off the hook” according to a Virginian Pilot article by Linda Lamm English. Luckily, the band was able to leave room in their schedule to perform at PACC. Their repertoire ranges from Classic Rhythm & Blues, to Motown and Beach Music.

First Friday

June 3

 

Concert in the Courtyard featuring Lewis McGehee
Exhibi Reception: Portrait as Narrative
5 - 8 pm - Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate with local artists at the opening of a new exhibit, Portrait as Narrative including work by individuals who have contributed to the arts in this region. Visitors can meet and talk with the artists about their creations while enjoying refreshments and a live performance by Lewis McGehee. Mr. McGehee launched his musical career playing guitar and singing with the likes of Ry Cooder, John Prine, The Talking Heads, and Bruce Hornsby. His performances have become an annual springtime event at the museum.

First Friday

July 1

 

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

Sharkophagus killed it at the Courtyard last year, and they’re back to do it again. Great mix of tunes, great grooves, great solos!

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.

First Friday

August 5

 

Concert in the Courtyard featuring Amy Kaus and Derek Smith
5 - 8 pm - Free and Open to the Public

Local favorites Derek and Amy play it all. Don’t miss out on this performance in the Courtyard!

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.

First Friday

September 2

 

Concert in the Courtyard featuring Modern Funk Jazz Band
5 - 8 pm - Free and Open to the Public

You’ll love the big sound of this great band. Did we mention the vocals? The horns?

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.

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




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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.