Building community takes art. Music. Food. Laughter. A willingness to work together. Most of all, it takes vision.

Since 1984, Hope House Foundation has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. Now, the free event is a community tradition proudly presented by Towne Bank, and drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.

Twice a year, on the third full weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by over 130 artists. The park is full of strollers, dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. Throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.

The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with developmental disabilities. But the events themselves benefit the entire community.

Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the artists, who compete for cash prizes. There is also an Emerging Artist Competition, also with cash prizes, for college and high school students, as well as recent graduates. Award winners are announced during the Artists’ Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.

We're proud to give the community one of the best outdoor arts festivals in the area. In fact, the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been voted one of the top two art festivals in eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers four years in a row, so don't miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. It's a good time, for a good cause.


Dates & Facts

33rd Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017, noon to 5 pm
Location: Stockley Gardens Park, in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood
Media: Fine art, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and more
Attendance: 15,000 — 20,000
Admission Fee: Free and open to the public
Events: Live entertainment and kids' activities throughout the day and Artists' Reception: Saturday at 5pm to 7pm
Map of Park & Artist Locations: Available at the information booth in the center of the park
Participating Artists: Spring Artists' 2017


Occasionally, parking does become an issue in the area surrounding Stockley Gardens Park. Please click HERE to download our helpful parking map.


You gotta have art. But you also gotta have some activities to keep the little ones entertained, as well as an opportunity for local musicians to strut their stuff.

Kids' Activities

All activities listed below take place at the Children's Stage, which is in the middle of the park (B Block), near the center circle.

Saturday, May 20, 2017                                                         

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Bobby the Clown

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Make and Take                                                  

2:00 - 2:30 PM  - Hunter the Magician                                                  

3:00 -  4:00 PM    - STAHR                                                 

4:00 - 5:00 PM  - C-Shells

Sunday, May 21, 2017 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Bobby the Clown

12:00 PM - 2 PM - Make and Take

2:00 PM  - 2:30 PM - Hunter the Magician                                                   

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - C-Shells                                     

For more information, email Laura Janosko, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

Live Music

All musical acts listed below perform on the Main Stage, at the top of the park (A Block) near Olney Road. For more information, email Laura Janosko, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

Saturday, May 20

11:00 AM - Olivia Dyer

11:30 AM - Mark Rogers

12:30 PM - Pyrrhic Whim 

2:00 PM  - Little Doors 

3:30 PM - Jeremy Lasley and the Lastones 

5: 00 PM - Urban Hill 

Sunday, May 21

12:00 PM - Troy Breslow 

12:30 PM - Hot Gumbo Brass Band 

1:45 PM - School of Rock Norfolk House Band 

3:30 PM - Roebuck 

Artists' Reception

A free artists' reception with live music takes place on the main stage on Saturday evening. The party takes place immediately after the show ends for the day, and lasts from 5 to 7 pm. We encourage the festival artists to attend, along with sponsors, volunteers, and the community at large. Midway through the reception, the Festival judge announces the award winners and distributes prizes.

In addition to live music provided by talented musicians, food vendors remain open for the reception, and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available. This rockin' outdoor party is a great opportunity to have fun and mingle with both patrons and artists.

List of Spring Artists'

2017 Spring Artists'



Sponsorships provide tremendous exposure for businesses, while supporting the arts, people with disabilities, and the community as a whole. They're available at many different levels and all donations are fully tax deductible.

If you're interested in being a corporate or prize sponsor for an upcoming festival, please contact Festival Director Elena Montello or call her at 757.625.6161, x507.

The sponsors for the 2017 Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival are:

Presenting Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors



Copper Sponsor

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Contributing Sponsors


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Billie Luckie & Bill Wroton 

Media Sponsors

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Awards & Winners

33rd Annual Spring Festival Winners
Best In Show ($3,500)

The MELAYNA Second Place Award ($1,500)

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial Third Place Award ($1,000)

Norfolk Artist Award ($300)

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)

The Mayor's Award ($500)

Award of Merit ($150)

Award of Merit ($150)

Randy Smith Memorial Award ($100)

Futures Award: Emerging Artists Exhibition
First Prize ($150)

Second Prize ($100)

Third Prize ($50)




Artist applications will be accepted for the 33rd Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival on January 6, 2017.  If you are interested in applying, please click here to apply online on Zapplications.  Applications are due February 6, 2017.

Show Application Available Application Due
Spring 2017 January 6, 2017 February 6, 2017
Fall 2017 June 2, 2017 July 10, 2017
Spring 2018 January 5, 2018 February 12, 2018


Artist Application Fee: $35
Artist Booth Sizes & Fees:

$250 (10' x 10')
$375 (10' x 15')
$500 (10' x 20')

Number of Exhibit Spaces: 138

All work displayed must be original, created and executed by the displaying artist's or artisan's own hand and of professional quality. This work is absolutely limited to the work of a single artist or two-person collaborative team.

Photomechanical reproductions of an artist's original work may be present in a small quantity in a spin tower or portfolio/bin or hung on one side of one wall, whichever is lesser. The individual prints must be clearly labeled as reproductions. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Ineligible items include items made with commercially available molds or patterns or any item produced commercially or by anyone other than the artist. No representatives or dealers may show. Artists bringing ineligible items to the show risk disqualification.

Artists violating the rules of this show or who fail to cooperate with the Festival committee will not be permitted to exhibit.

All displays will be reviewed by the standards committee at intervals throughout the show to ascertain that all items in the booth are the same or better quality as the slides submitted. The artists will be required to remove ineligible items based upon the show's standards.

Please notify the Arts Festival Committee if you see any infractions of the standards.

Emerging Artists

Applications from now until April 28, 2017 are being accepted for the Emerging Artists. Applicants for the Emerging Artist Exhibit must be currently enrolled in a college, university, high school, or be a recent graduate. Each applicant may submit up to three works of art for the jury process.  The jury may select one or more for exhibition and the competition depending on availability and quality of work. Click here for the rules and application form. 

Please contact Laura Janosko with questions. 

Food Vendors

Food Vendor applications will be accepted for the 33rd Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival starting in January. Please click here to download the application. Applications are due March 3, 2017.


Booth Sizes & Fees: $450 (15’ x 15’) - 8 to 9 available
  $375 (cart) - 3 to 5 available