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Norfolk's First Fridays canceled for October, council considers return in 2022

There's usually live entertainment, outdoor markets and deals at the businesses along Granby Street.

NORFOLK, Va. — Downtown Norfolk Council has called off its outdoor block parties for the time being.

First Fridays usually happen on the first Friday of each warm month. The event is a roaming block party that was recently expanded to stretch about 16 blocks down Granby Street.

There's usually live entertainment, outdoor markets and deals at the businesses in the area. 

Because of the pandemic, the parties had stopped between 2019 and August 2021. In September, with high COVID-19 cases in Hampton Roads, Downtown Norfolk Council called off the planned event for October.

The group didn't say if the pandemic was directly responsible for the cancelation in October.

"We are working with our partners and the city to re-evaluate the event and determine how best to move forward in 2022," its website reads.

This was the first year ABC laws allowed people to carry alcohol between restaurants participating in First Fridays.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the city of Norfolk canceled the event. The Downtown Norfolk Council is in charge of it.