Patriotic Festival

Festival Site Info

18th Annual Patriotic Festival

Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, May 29th

  • 11:00am - Military Zone activities begin
  • 2:00pm - Gin Blossoms with Tracielynn at Town Point Park Stage
  • 5:00pm - Gates open for Morgan Wallen with Ernest at Norfolk Downtown Waterfront Waterside Drive

Sound Upgrades for Sunday

The Patriotic Festival has enhanced the sound quality throughout the concert zone by adding an additional delay stack (a PA system for events in very long spaces) in the VIP Chair section. This will provide a superior listening experience for patrons in all sections throughout the entire concert zone including VIP PIT, VIP Chair and General Admission. Patriotic Festival is looking forward to a stellar performance from Morgan Wallen tonight!

Weather Forcast

Sunday, May 29th:

Another picture perfect day. Mostly sunny with light winds temperatures near 81 degrees. And if you are interested about Memorial Day Monday May 30th temperatures will warm up into the low in Middle 80s with lots of sunshine.

  • In the event of severe weather fans will be notified by social media and alerts posted in this Festival Site Info section

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Tickets & Will-Call

Day-of-Show Tickets

  • Patriotic Festival is Mobile tickets only. For easy entry, add your ticket to your digital wallet prior to arriving at gate.
  • Day-of-show tickets for purchase only as e-ticket at until 9pm
  • No tickets for sale at gate


  • Will-Call tickets will be available for pick up at 4pm prior to that day's performance.
  • Picture Identification is required for pick up of any tickets/passes/credentials.
  • Will-Call is located at each of the three concert entrances.

Refund Policy

  • Tickets purchased for The Wailers will be honored at events at the 2023 Patriotic Festival.
  • This Patriotic Festival is a rain or shine nonrefundable event and all sales are final. Weather and other factors may make the event impossible or unsafe to produce or complete as schedule in whole or part.
  • If the Patriotic Festival 2022 is cancelled, postponed or rescheduled, in whole or in part ticket purchaser may use the ticket to attend the event in 2023.

Concert Entrances

  • General Admission Ticket Holders: Enter from Main St. & Martins Ln.
  • VIP Seating Ticket Holders: Enter from Main St. & Atlantic St.
  • VIP Pit Ticket & Chalet Ticket Holders: Enter from Main St. & Commercial Pl.


Area Public Parking

  • Main Street Garage: 230 East Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Union Street Surface Lot: 999 East Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510
  • For more parking options, click here.
  • NOTE: Waterside Parking Garage is closed.

Road Closures

  • Waterside Drive between St. Paul's Boulevard and W. Main Street will close Thursday, May 26 at 7pm and reopen Monday, May 30 by 2pm.
  • Commercial Place between Waterside Drive and E. Main Street will close Thursday, May 26 at 7pm and reopen Monday, May 30 by 9am.
  • Atlantic Street between Waterside Drive and E. Main Street will be open to local traffic only from Thursday, May 26 at 7pm and to Friday, May 27 at 6pm. Access will only be from Main Street. It will close on Friday, May 27 at 6pm and reopen by Monday, May 30 by 9am.
  • Martin's Lane between Waterside Drive and E. Main Street will be open to local traffic only from Thursday, May 26 at 7pm to Friday, May 27 at 6pm. Access will only be from Main Street. It will close on Friday, May 27 at 6pm reopen by Monday, May 30 by 9am.
  • Under Police control, Main Street, primarily between Granby Street and Atlantic Street, will be closed intermittently from Noon on Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 at 2am.

On-Site Ammenities


  • Budweiser, Constellation Wines, Pernod Richard Spirits, Proximo Spirits, Mikes Hard Lemonade Seltzer, Coca Cola
  • Valid & current driver license or state ID is required to purchase alcohol beverage.


  • Located near each Beverage Zone Pit – Seats – GA

Fans with Disabilities

ADA Compliance

  • ADA location enter at VIP Seating Zone, Atlantic Ave.
  • Service animals will be allowed on the festival grounds.

COVID Procedure Policy

COVID Procedures

  • Fully vaccinated fans are not required to wear a mask.
  • CDC recommends fans that who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.


Ladies Hand Bags

  • Small clutch bags, clear bag, vinyl, or PVC not to exceed 12"x6"x12"

Prohibited Items

  • Glass
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Blankets
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Outside Food or Beverage
  • Coolers
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Umbrellas
  • Knives or Weapons
  • Firearms
  • Chains/Chain Wallets etc.
  • Tents
  • Laser Pointers
  • SLRs, Professional and/or Video Cameras or Go Pros
  • Selfie Sticks or tripods
  • Drones, remote control aircraft cars or toys
  • Pets (with the exception of Service Animals)
  • Illegal or Unauthorized Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
  • Backpacks
  • Musical Equipment/Instruments
  • Fireworks, Paper Lanterns
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters
  • Strollers or Wagons
  • Chairs

Other Policies

  • You may bring one unopened bottle of water.
  • No unapproved vending including the sale or re-sale of alcoholic beverages
  • No disorderly or disruptive behavior
  • No fighting or threatening behavior: any person found fighting will be evicted from the 
festival without refund
  • No display of Gang colors or affiliation Any person found will be subject to 
investigation and immediately evicted from the event without refund
  • Any person found to be in possession of a weapon will be subject to a criminal 
investigation and immediately evicted from the event without refund
  • Any attempt to enter with prohibited items is subject to confiscation and will be asked 
to leave
  • Any item that can be used to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or 
inflict damage to people and goods are prohibited
  • Anyone deemed intoxicated or incapacitated will be evaluated by medical personnel and 
the appropriated actions will be taken (treatment, and/or given to a responsible 
individual and asked to leave the festival)
  • No illegal drug will be allowed into the festival nor consumed while on festival property. 
Security and LEO’s will enforce all local, State, and Federal laws. If caught, the individual is subject to arrest and/or eviction from the festival


Drop Off / Pick Up

  • Plume Street & Commercial Place
  • Plume Street & Atlantic Street
  • Plume Street & Martins Lane
  • Main Street & Boush Street

Hampton Roads Public Transit

  • Park & Ride Locations: Newtown Road Station, Military Highway Station, Broad Creek/Ballentine Station, Harbor Park Station (across street from station platform)
  • The Tide (light rail): The Tide has 11 Stations and 4 Park & Ride locations with easy access to Downtown Norfolk – stations in Downtown include Civic Plaza Station, MacArthur Square Station, and Monticello Avenue Station.
  • Elizabeth River Ferry: Portsmouth to Downtown Norfolk – ferry dock locations at High Street and North Landing (Portsmouth); Waterside Dock (Norfolk). The ferry runs every 30 minutes from Portsmouth to Norfolk. Ferry Hours – Monday through Friday, 5:30am to 11:45pm | Saturday through Sunday – 10:00 am to 11:45 pm
  • Route 960 Express Bus: Limited Stop Service – from Virginia Beach Oceanfront (19th and Artic Ave), the Route 960 is an express bus that stops at Town Center, Newtown Road Station and ends at the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center (DNTC). Passengers can transfer from bus to light rail at the Newtown Road station for easy access to stations located in Downtown Norfolk
  • Route 961 Express Bus: – Limited Stop Service from Hampton and Newport News – HRT offers the Route 961 which comes out of the Newport News Transit Center and Hampton Transit Center with service to the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center.