​ NEC Opening Reception hosted by VisitNorfolk
Join us as we kick off the NEC on the beautiful Virginia waterfront!  The Opening Reception will be held at the new Waterside District, Norfolk’s premier dining and entertainment district.   You’ll enjoy local and regional cuisine and seafood, Virginia craft beers and wines, entertainment, and dancing to live music on the outdoor stage and patio while taking in views of the Elizabeth River on a June summer night.  https://watersidedistrict.com/

Pre and Post Conference Options
Come a day early and put your toes in the sand along Norfolk’s 144 miles of beaches! From Kayaking to sailing, activities on and around the water are endless in the heart of the Virginia waterfront!   Even if you’ve been to Norfolk before, new and exciting amenities await you!   Come explore Norfolk’s newest attractions – Norfolk Premium Outlets, Selden Market (a unique downtown shopping experience with local artisan and pop us shops), Waterside District, NEON Arts District, the Chrysler Glass Studio, and 7 craft breweries!  For sample itineraries and activities from Arts to Shopping, go to  https://www.visitnorfolk.com/plan-your-trip/itineraries/ .    

Plan on extending your stay into the weekend, and experience Norfolk’s largest and most popular festival on June 8 – 10th, The 42nd Annual Norfolk Harborfest.  It is the largest maritime festival with concerts, a parade of Sails, and fireworks all adjacent to your host hotels!   https://festevents.org/events/2018-season-events/norfolkharborfest/ .   (There are 2 Harborfest pictures under the Events category in the photo gallery link I mentioned above.)

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