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America's Most Charitable Pub Crawl, the Ghent Winter Bar Tour, is back and celebrating it's 10th year on Saturday, February 28th! Break out your costume boxes, because this year's theme is "I Love Monster Movies!"
That's right, it's time to celebrate a genre full of ghosts, ghouls, fangers, zombies, space creatures and more, all while raising money for beloved local Hampton Roads charity, Edmarc Hospice for Children! More than 1,000 participants helped make last winter's tour a tremendous success with over $20,000 raised for charity and we expect even more good things this time around.
Embark on a wintertime tour of Ghent's finest establishments. Join old friends and make new ones milling about Colley Avenue, 21st Street, and the surrounding locale of Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood from 4:00pm until 9:00pm. The event will culminate with a closing ceremony with a Costume Contest, Live Entertainment, Games, Food/Drink vendors and More!
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are currently looking for volunteers to help out before and during the 2015 Ghent Winter Bar Tour on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 in Ghent, Norfolk, VA. If you have the time and desire to help us out, we'd definitely appreciate your efforts and will give you free registration to the event and a special volunteer shirt in return. Simply fill out a volunteer registration form on the Winter Bar Tour's event website to let us know your interest. Thank you!
Past Events Information
Come celebrate Halloween with your furry friend!!! Ghent Bar Tours will be hosting Bow-Wow-Ween Sunday, October 26th from 1-4 pm in the Historic Ghent Area. Dress your pup up and "trick-or-treat" through Ghent collecting dog treats galore at local businesses and restaurants. Register for the event for a $5.00 per pup donation and receive a map of participating location to "trick-or-treat". There will also be a costume contest with prizes, a photo booth and other treats! All proceeds will benefit Norfolk SPCA. Registration and closing ceremonies will be located in parking lot behind Dog-N-Burger at corner of Manteo and 20th St.
We are very pleased to announce that over $12,000 was raised for Portsmouth Humane Society at this year's Olde Towne Fall Crawl. That's a lot of puppy chow! A big shout out to Philbrick, Inc. for being our presenting sponsor, and to all of our sponsors, donors, participating locations, volunteers, and participants for making this year's event so successful and fun! We couldn't have done it without all of you.
Over 450 participants were crawling the streets of Olde Towne, enjoying the food and drink specials at our 11 participating locations. Over 70 volunteers supported our Crawl from registration to handing out location stickers to closing. The closing ceremony was a swinging dance party, lit up with glow-glasses, as we handed over an oversized check for $12,000 to our fantastic charity, Portsmouth Humane Society.
Thank you for all of your support! See you at the next crawl!?
WOW! What a great feeling it is to wrap up another Ghent Bar Tours event! This summer's bar tour throughout Ghent was a huge success! We raised approximately $10,500 for our amazing charity The Hope House Foundation! This summer we had thirteen awesome locations that offered both food and drink specials. We had approximately 450 people come out to support our charity while having a good time! Thank you to all of those who came out! We also could not have had such a successful event without our 80+ volunteers, sponsors and donors! We thank all of those individuals for their generous support! We are now looking froward to the Old Towne crawl taking place in October in Portsmouth.
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.