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SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Warm weather is starting come which means we are getting primed and ready to hold our big annual summertime bash, the Ghent Summer Bar Tour, on Saturday, July 26th to raise money for a terrific local charity - Hope House Foundation! Our summertime pub crawl will journey as usual down Colley Avenue, 21st Street, and the surrounding locale in the historic midtown Norfolk neighborhood of Ghent from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM, ending with a big tent party and closing ceremony! Indeed, this charity pub crawl promises to be yet another great night out on the town for residents and visitors of Hampton Roads alike. We're excited to be soaking in the sun and sitting outside en masse at our favorite Ghent bars and restaurants and we hope you are too!
Past Events Information
TOAST THE COAST! This year marks the 6th year of the Oceanfront Spring Crawl!!! This year's event will be held Saturday, May 3rd at Virginia's Beach premier beach establishments locations on the south end of Atlantic Ave. Come out and enjoy the oceanfront before the tourists take over for the summer. Sign up before the event and save $5.00.
This years event will be held on the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby we invite everyone to wear there most spectacular derby hat to the event. We will have contests at the closing ceremonies for best of the best!!!! Hats are optional and are not required to participate in the event.
All proceeds from the 2014 Oceanfront Spring Crawl will directly benefit Stop Abuse, Inc. Stop Abuse, Inc (formally known as Children's Performance Workshops) is a local Hampton Roads organization and United Way agency that strives to teach children to recognize, prevent, and disclose child abuse and bullying.
This event is the best way to kick off the warm weather!!!!
That's right, it's time to celebrate a decade full of loud colors and electronic music, all while raising money for a beloved local Hampton Roads charity, Edmarc Hospice for Children! Our wintertime pub crawl will journey down Colley Avenue, 21st Street, and the surrounding locale of Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood from 4:00pm until 9:00pm, ending with an ending with an unprecedented indoor/outdoor warehouse block party and closing ceremony!
SANTAS ON PARADE! The time is getting near for our much-anticipated annual Norfolk Santa Crawl. We will be once again, strolling up and down Granby Street in downtown Norfolk on December 7th this holiday season to raise some pints for pups in support of the Ghent Bar Tours! This particular event is very different from our other annual events in size, format, and most especially attire, but has quickly become a "fan favorite" for everyone involved. For all of the details on this one-of-a-kind annual event, please visit the event's website at NorfolkSantaCrawl.com for all the details.
ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS! On a day that felt more like summer than fall, the seventh annual Olde Towne Fall Crawl was a smashing success! Thanks to the over 500 participants drinking and eating in the 9 local participating bars, the over 70 volunteers helping with the games and fun and our gracious sponsors we were able to raise $11,400 for Portsmouth Humane Society.
With all your help, we are able to give all the money raised to help benefit our furry friends with medical care, food and finding fur-ever homes in our community. Portsmouth Humane Society also provides humane education and community outreach programs so that we may begin to decrease the pet overpopulation. Thank you very much for making the Olde Towne Fall Crawl huge success!
BOW-WOW!! Don't let the human kids have all the fun - bring your furry children to the 1st Annual Bow-Wow-Ween, a halloween trick-or-treating event just for your pets! On Sunday, October 27th, participating businesses along Colley Avenue in Ghent will be handing out dog biscuits and other treats for your furry friends to enjoy. All it takes for your pets to participate is a simple $5 minimum donation to the Norfolk SPCA, a local no-kill humane society. You can sign up ahead of time online or just show up at Wags Doggie Daycare that day between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. You will receive a detailed map highlighting all participating businesses in the trick-or-treating and can also enter your pet in our super special costume contest. Contest winners will be announced along with other fun activities in a final gathering around 3:30 PM to cap off what should be a really great afternoon. You know your pet already wants to come but they can't drive or walk themselves to Colley Avenue on their own (or can they?!?), so do them a favor and mark your calendars now for this great new event so your best friend won't miss out on all the fun! More information at the link below.
For those a bit less familiar with the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Ghent is a historic neighborhood located on the west side of midtown Norfolk, just north of downtown and just south of Old Dominion University. Its name comes from the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium, which ended the War of 1812. The first suburb of Norfolk, Ghent was created around the turn of the 20th century and most of its buildings date back to the era between 1890 and 1920. More on the history of Ghent, as well as a cartoon map and other useful information, is available through the links on this site.