Arts and Entertainment in Chesapeake
If you're looking for Chesapeake arts and entertainment, you're in luck. There are many Chesapeake, VA museums to explore, a wide range of arts to view, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. On the entertainment front, Chesapeake and the surrounding region see national, international, and local acts grace stages for performances ranging from orchestras and ballets to pop stars and stand-up comics. Get ready to discover all that Chesapeake has to offer.
Begin your arts in Chesapeake exploration at Judge Eileen Olds Courtyard Park where you’ll find a representation of the "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign in one of the giant LOVE letters installations, referred to as LOVEworks. Standing at 6 feet tall, the letters are an incredible sight to behold. Look closely at the letters and you’ll see that each one is inspired by the natural beauty and wildlife found in Chesapeake. In fact, each letter represents a different animal indigenous to Chesapeake. Don’t miss it!
If after viewing this beautiful installation you’re inspired to create your own art, Chesapeake has you covered with two options that let you be an artist for a day. AR Workshop Chesapeake is a friendly DIY studio where you can receive instruction on how to create your own home decors, such as framed signs or canvas tote bags. The workshop provides all the materials you need, so just bring yourself, and maybe a friend, and spend some time creating something beautiful for your home.
Or, if you’d like to create a piece of pottery for your home, try your hand at painting clay creations at GLaZENFYRE, a paint-it-yourself studio that features pottery, glass, and canvas for painting. GLaZENFYRE also offers monthly events like a PJ Party and Movie Night for kids and Ladies’ Night Out, so be sure to check their monthly calendar for upcoming events. Both AR Workshop Chesapeake and GLaZENFYRE can be rented out for group events, so don’t forget these two great art options for your next party or work event.
If you’re looking for even more art to view and inspire you, check out the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located nearby in Virginia Beach. The museum features a variety of art, ranging from paintings to video installations and other visual media, and includes works from local artists as well as artists from around the world. In addition to these gallery exhibitions, the museum offers studio art classes, so you can try your hand at creating your own work of art. There are a variety of classes to choose from, from ceramics to painting to photography.
If you’re looking for entertainment of the performing arts variety, Chesapeake and the Coastal Virginia region have plenty of world-class events to attend. Every Labor Day weekend, head over to Chesapeake City Park for the annual Symphony Under the Stars featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The free event brings out thousands to see dozens of professional musicians bringing classical, jazz, and pop music to life.
Just 15 minutes away in Norfolk, VA, you’ll find several options for entertainment on big stages. Check out the historic Harrison Opera House for opera classics like “Swan Lake” and “Tosca,” along with jazz and symphony performances. Take in shows at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center ranging from chamber orchestra to choral singing with plays, modern dance, and more sprinkled in throughout the year. For a wide range of national and international acts, head to Chrysler Hall where you can see everything from Broadway musicals, ballet, and Shakespeare plays to stand-up comics, inspirational speakers, and major headliners like Patti LaBelle and Stone Temple Pilots.
Also just beyond Chesapeake is the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in nearby Portsmouth, an outdoor waterfront venue where the entertainment covers national touring musicians like classic rock and R&B icons, current rock acts, and throwback artists. Head 30 minutes north of Chesapeake to Hampton, VA for The American Theatre to see the symphony, cirque, contemporary dance, musicals, and jazz in a theater that’s more than 100 years old. Heading about 25 minutes east, you’ll find the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, which welcomes the biggest names in rock, country, pop, rap, and R&B.