Portsmouth plans larger Seawall Festival to accompany OpSail



Posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 5 at 12:41 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- It's a big week along Norfolk's waterfront. The combination of Harborfest and OpSail 2012 will draw large crowds to Norfolk, but other cities are also hosting some fun OpSail celebrations.

Portsmouth's annual Seawall Music Festival takes place this weekend, and it'll be a little bigger this year, thanks to OpSail.

There will be more vendors and more activities for children.

Free parking will be offered at several garages and a free trolley service will be running.

Three tall ships and a Coast Guard cutter also will dock in Olde Towne. They’ll be open for free tours.

"All up and down the seawall here, we have more than just a music festival. We really have a celebration of our maritime history," said Don Comer of the Portsmouth Partnership.

The OpSail Sea and Air parade is the big event on Wednesday, with in-person viewing available at Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach, Fort Monroe in Hampton, and in Portsmouth and Norfolk.

For those with a base pass, there’s also viewing available at Naval Station Norfolk.

You can also see it all live on WVEC.com, with two live webcams offering lofty views of the Elizabeth River.

The WVEC Tower Cam is located high up on a transmitting tower at our studios on Woodis Avenue, and our Nauticus Cam offers a bird’s-eye view from the roof of Nauticus.

For live video, the latest weather conditions and forecast, live radar, and a schedule of OpSail events, visit www.wvec.com/opsail.