🌊Today in NFK: Bicycles, Pavilions, and a Ton of Events

Mid-Week in the City

Not just Wednesday but the 1st day of May!

Here’s what we’re watching today:

🚲️ No Excuse Not To Bike 🚲️ 
🎸 🎙️ Get Your Culture Fix at The Perry Pavilion. 🎸 🎙️
 📆 Next Three Days of Events📆

No Excuse Not To Bike

Norfolk, get ready to pedal into May because Bike Month is rolling in! This isn't just about two wheels and a chain – it's about embracing a healthier, greener, and more connected city.

Here's why you should jump on the saddle:

Your Body Will Thank You: 
Biking is a fantastic workout, burning calories, building muscle, and boosting your heart health. Studies show that cycling just 20 minutes a day can half your chance of dying from a heart-related disease. Live long and prosper cyclists!

Save Some Cash: 
Ditch the gas pump! With rising fuel costs, biking saves you money on transportation. According to AAA, the average cost for an American driver to own and operate a car was about $8,558 in 2016. In comparison, some estimates put the average cost of owning and operating a bicycle at $350 a year. Get that paper, pedal pusher!

Breathe Easier:
Trade car exhaust for fresh air. Biking helps reduce air pollution, making Norfolk a cleaner place. According to research from the University of Oxford, choosing a bike over a car just once a day can reduce the average person’s transportation-related emissions by 67%. Looking like superman on that bike when you save the planet!   

Explore Norfolk Your Way:
Discover hidden gems and see familiar sights from a new perspective on our growing network of bike lanes. Studies show that biking and walking friendly areas have improved social capital, more community activism, and increased local shopping. Bike for a better City, champ!

Join the Movement:
Norfolk is getting more bike-friendly! Be part of the positive change that makes our streets accessible for everyone. Biking in the U.S. is up 37 percent since 2019. Don’t be late to the party! 

So, pump those tires, grab your helmet, and celebrate Bike Month in Norfolk.  Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a first-timer, there's something for everyone!

Weekly Ride Events

Adventure Ride with East Coast Bicycles. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 

Evening Roadie Rides with East Coast Bicycles. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 

Super Casual Ride with Social Cycling NFK. 6:00 pm.  Rip it. 

Boom Box Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 

Slow & Steady Rides with Slow & Steady Bike Goods. 10:30 am. Rip it. 

More Bike Month Events:
Norfolk Bike Expo at Slover Library. May 1. Rip it. 
Virginia Zoo Bike Night. May 3. Rip it. 
Tour de ORF casual ride. May 5.  Rip it. 
Bike & Roll to School Day. May 8. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Ride. May 10 & 24. Rip it. 
Pedego Tasting Tour. May 11. Rip it. 
Mom’s Day Bike Ride. May 12. Rip it. 
Taco Tuesday Ladies Ride. May 13. Rip it. 
National Bike to Work Week. May 13-17. Rip it. 
Bike to Work Day. May 17. Rip it. 
Glow Ride at the Plot. May 17. Rip it. 
Bikes, Brews, & Baseball Ride. May 19. Rip it. 
"The Street Project" Film Screening at Naro Cinema. May 2. Rip it. 
Park to Park Mountain Bike Ride. May 23. Rip it. 
ERT Botanical Bike Ride. May 25. Rip it. 
The MF Bike Swap at Afterglow. May 26. Rip it. 
Jordan Bridge Ride. May 29. Rip it. 

Norfolk, Get Your Culture Fix at The Perry Pavilion.

The Perry Pavillion’s fourth season opens today (May 1st)

That cool, grassy spot on Bank Street is once again transforming into The Perry Pavilion, and the vibes are 👌 You didn’t know you needed another spot to chill with a drink and catch intimate shows, but you’ve got it now. This year's mix of artists is the perfect cure for FOMO – we're talking country queens, indie darlings, and an epic family jam sesh.

The Lineup:
Trailblazing Women of Country (May 1st): Old-school country with a badass, modern twist. If you loved Allison Russell's show a couple of years back, this one's for you. Get ready for Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly vibes!

Brandy Clark (May 7th): The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter behind your fave country hits. Expect real talk, heart-wrenching songs, and some next-level Americana feels.

Mipso (May 28th): Defying genres like a boss. String band? Folk? Alt? Doesn't matter – just trust that these UNC alums will blow you away.

Storm Large (May 31st): If you like big voices and even bigger personalities, buckle up. Think HBO comedy special meets powerhouse diva. Covers from every genre? Check.

Aoife O'Donovan (June 1st): This Grammy winner's Norfolk comeback is a whole event. Expect folky feels, innovative musicians, and major local talent.

Bonny Light Horseman (June 11th): Loved 'Hadestown'? Here's your chance to catch one of its creators (+ some other indie royalty) in their smallest venue yet. Expect next-level harmonies and chill vibes.

Rhythm Project (May 25th): Get the whole fam dancing to world beats! This local student group is AMAZING, and it's the perfect feel-good show to kick off the season.

The Deets:
You know the drill – snag your tickets ASAP at vafest.org, by phone, or in person. This intimate venue means shows WILL sell out.

Pro Tip: Norfolk's got some seriously good eats. Hit up a restaurant before the show for the ultimate date night/friend hangout.

📆 Next Three Days of Events📆

Klassic Doughnut Popup at Cova Brewing. 7:00 am. Rip it. 
May Day Community Book Swap at Eleanor’s. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
5th Annual Norfolk Bike Expo at Slover Library. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Super Casual Wednesday Bike Ride departing Slow & Steady Bikes. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Boardgame Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:00pm. Rip it.
Car Crazy Cruise In at Doumar’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Run Club Wednesday Meetup at The Ghent. 6:20 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at Smartmouth. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
D&D Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30pm. Rip it.
30/30 New Shit Slam with Verb Benders at The Venue on 35th. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Sunset Yoga near the Pagoda. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Mic Night at Cafe Mudita. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Planetarium Show at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 7:00pm. Rip it.
Trivia Night at MJ’s Tavern. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Torch Bistro. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Hank’s Filling Station. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Stockpot. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at Azalea Inn Grill. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Hampton Roads Brewing & Tasting Society at Public House. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Trailblazing Women of Country - A Tribute to Patsy, Loretta and Dolly at Perry Pavilion. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Blues for an Alabama Sky at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Gaffney performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 

Ghent Business Association at Ohef Sholom Temple. 8:30 am. Rip it. 
NFK2050 Pop-Up Office Hours at Sweet Jam Cafe. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bike Night at Virginia Zoo. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
757 Collab Spring Social at Assembly. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Thrilling Thursday Evening Ride w/ East Coast Bicycles. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Mic Night at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ocean View Run Club Group Run/Walk at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Open Gym at Push Comedy Theater. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Bold Mariner. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at Pixel’s. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at Baxter’s. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Cypher Night at House Of Consciousness. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Hampton Roads Pride Reveal 2024 at Waterside. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Gaffney performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Performers Playground Stage Workshop at The Venue on 35th. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo's Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
Sunrise Yoga with GUD Yoga at Elizabeth River Project. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it
Acres Working Sessions at Assembly. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Aloha Happy Hour at COVA Brewing Company. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bike Night at The Virginia Zoo. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Every Brilliant Thing at Franklin High School. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Circuit Social Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Learn To Sail Course at Nauticus. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Live at COVA Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Amy Kause performs live at Maker's Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bad Movie Night at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Matt & Ali performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it
May Open House / Open Build Night at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Pecha Kucha Night at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dance Theatre of Harlem at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Blues for An Alabama Sky at Wells Theatre. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it
The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Prince's  'Purple Rain' at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Miller Hot Country Nights: Tracielynn at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it
PROF performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Brian Gaffney Plays at Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant. 8:30 pm. Rip it
Pajama Party: Improv Comedy and Storytelling at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

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