Special Events

Nighthawk Basketball


10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Ages 18-27

No registration IDs or fees are required

• Pick-up Basketball Games
• Open Gym and Weight room

Program will rotate each month at our facilities :
Sportsplex | Portsmouth Blvd.
Neighborhood | Elm Ave.
 Cavalier Manor | Viking St.

Contact Tray Ryland for information.

29th Annual Umoja Festival

Festival Park (16 Crawford Circle)


UMOJA is a Kiswahili word meaning UNITY in the family, community and the nation.  The Umoja Festival entertainment is a unique combination of contemporary and ancient art forms. 

Vendors selling ethnic foods, a marketplace of sculptures, paintings, prints, baskets, quilts and other assorted hand-crafted wares contribute to the ambiance of the Festival.  For more information go to www.umojafestportsmouth.com or call (757) 393-8481.

Memorial Day Parade

The 2020 Parade is Cancelled Due to COVID-19

10 a.m.

Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage. 

Enjoy floats, marching bands, and lots of excitement.  The parade travels on High Street from Peninsula Avenue (at I.C. Norcom High School) to Water Street.

Annual Lunchtime Bike Ride CANCELLED

A Healthy Portsmouth Initiative sponsored by:
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Planning Department and the Portsmouth Police Department

Register online at www.portsvaprls.com, in person at the Parks, Recreation & Tourism main office, or register on site the day of the event.

Halloween Safe Trunk or Treat

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Safe Trunk or Treat will be a drive-thru event.  It begins at 3 p.m. at I.C. Norcom High School on October 24th.  Costumes are encouraged.  The event will go until 5 p.m. or until candy supplies are depleted.

Interested in holding an event in Portsmouth?

Contact Renee Spratley @ 393-8481 for available dates and all inquiries.

For complete event details visit PortsVaEvents, your source for everything that’s happening in Portsmouth!