The Virginia International Tattoo at the Virginia Arts Festival
Discover the Virginia Arts Festival and witness America’s largest tattoo — a ceremony of military music — where you’ll enjoy dance, music and bands in a grand display of culture.
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Program No. 18354RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

More than just a bulldog inked onto a U.S. Marine, tattoos are ceremonial performances of military music that have evolved from a European tradition dating to the 17th century. Each tattoo is different and influenced by the culture of the country whence it originated. Attend America’s largest tattoo, held annually as the headliner of the Virginia Arts Festival.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to few blocks per day over uneven terrain; standing at theaters and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Observe over 800 performers — military drummers, pipers and drill teams — plus choirs and dancers.
  • Delve into Norfolk’s U.S. Navy history as you enjoy a boat excursion through the Norfolk Naval Base and a visit to the Nauticus interactive museum.
  • Enjoy VIP seating for the Parade of Nations, featuring bands, floats and marching units from all NATO member countries.
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Peggy Haile McPhillips
Peggy McPhillips is a life-long resident of Norfolk, Va., and a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Va. She currently serves as president of the Norfolk Historical Society, and is on the boards of the Friends of Historic Houses, Chrysler Museum of Art, Friends of Norfolk's Historic Cemeteries and Norfolk History Museum. Peggy is the author of “Historic Photos of Norfolk, Virginia,” and contributes to Downtowner Magazine. Sharing Norfolk's history is one of her favorite things to do!

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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