Martin Luther King Day events in the area
Below are some regional events being held for Martin Luther King Day on January 16, 2023.
1. National Park Service Offer Free Admission in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday on Mon., Jan. 16
In honor of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Park Service sites will have free admission for everyone on Monday, January 16, 2023, as the first fee free day of the year. Commemorated on the third Monday of January, it is also a day of service when hundreds of volunteers participate in service projects at parks across the country. Find volunteer opportunities inspired by a day of service or attend a ranger program to learn more about the history of Dr. King and the pursuit of civil rights in America. Visit the special MLK page on National Parks website.
2. The Urban League of Hampton Roads 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Event, Monday, January 16 at 8 am
The Urban League of Hampton Roads 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Event is being held virtually on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 8 AM. Presented by Dollar Tree and Riverside Health System, join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognize dedicated leaders in our community. More info
3. Winter Blues Jazz Festival MLK Tribute, Monday January 16 at 10 am
Free Festival Closing – Tribute to Martin Luther King: 10 am
Location: The Alumni House, William & Mary
Ticket includes: Free Music Performance
TICKETS & INFO
4. Get admission to Historic Jamestowne & Yorktown Battlefield FREE
5. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Service Project at IKEA, Norfolk – Monday, January 16 at 10 am
This year for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, IKEA Norfolk is partnering with Moms on a Mission to make a difference in Hampton Roads, and you can help! IKEA will provide items for children to select and pack into a bag to donate to Moms on a Mission. Children can also make a card to go in the bag. Moms on a Mission will use the items for their Welcome Home backpacks, which they give to children of families transitioning out of homelessness. This activity is designed for children ages 5 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was designated as a National Day of Service in 1994 to encourage everyone to make a difference to improve their communities. Registration required here
6. Martin Luther King Ceremony and Walk – Monday, January 16 at 10 am
The City of Norfolk will host a ceremony filled with guest speakers, music, and performances on Monday, January 16 at 10 a.m. at the Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk, VA. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Following the ceremony, the public is invited to march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the intersection of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue for a wreath-laying ceremony. More info
7. Day of Service Food Drive, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Monday, January 16 from 9 am to 1 pm
Drive up and drop off non-perishable food or make a monetary donation to support families in need. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (2401 Aluminum Ave, Hampton, VA) experiences a decline in donations after the holidays. Your contributions will help the agency meet the demand as many people struggle to put nutritious food on the table due to higher prices and supply chain issues.. More info
8. MLK Weekend at the VLM
Virginia Living Museum will celebrate MLK Weekend with extra planetarium shows, Super Science program (Sat. only), daily animal feedings and enrichments.