After 5 Fridays


VMFA proudly announces After 5 Fridays, presented by Chase. The one name says it all and includes VMFA’s popular Friday-night events:

First Fridays
Dance After Work
Taste of Art
Summer Breeze

After 5 Fridays Presented by Chase is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Relax with a beverage, pick up a complimentary coozie and metal cup, visit the galleries for an art escape, and take part in the following featured attractions.


May 27, 2022
5–9 pm

Taste of Art – O’Connor Brewing
Location: Best Café
Free; no registration required

Funerary Vessel, AD 700–800, Mayan, terracotta with polychrome pigments, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 77.98

For this Friday’s Taste of Art, try out El Guapo Agave IPA from Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing. Then, visit the Pre-Columbian galleries to check out this Mayan drinking vessel.


Jun 3, 2022
6–8 pm

JayWhit & On The Spot Band

First Fridays – JayWhit & On The Spot Band
Location: Sculpture Garden

This First Friday in the Robins Sculpture Garden is a tribute to Lady Gaga! Come out in all the colors of the rainbow and enjoy JayWhit & On The Spot Band as we celebrate Pride.


Jun 17, 2022
6–8 pm

Dance After Work – Hip-Hop Line-Dancing
Location: Sculpture Garden

Get your body moving with Gerald Andrews. Following up on our previous conversation on hip-hop’s collision with line-dancing, Gerald brings his energy and passion for the dance to VMFA’s Robins Sculpture Garden.

Jun 24, 2022
5:30–8:30 pm

Summer Breeze – DJ Nobe
Location: Pauley Center Patio

It’s Summertime! Join us in the Robins Sculpture Garden for an evening of music. DJ Nobe on the spin will be coming at you live from the Pauley Patio. Grab a drink and enjoy. Dancing is encouraged.

Jul 1, 2022
6–8 pm

First Fridays – Plunky and Oneness
Location: Sculpture Garden

Celebrate First Friday with an absolute legend from our own backyard. Jazz saxophonist James “Plunky” Branch and his band, Oneness, will electrify the Robins Sculpture Garden. Enjoy drink specials from Best Café and a cool serenade of smooth unity on a hot summer night.

Jul 15, 2022
6–8 pm

Dance After Work – Tango
Location: Cochrane Atrium

The long-standing tradition of tango dancing at VMFA returns to the Cochrane Atrium for another exciting Dance After Work. Enjoy drink specials from Best Café. Come with or find a dance partner for an evening of social dancing.

Jul 22, 2022
5:30–8:30 pm

Summer Breeze – Markus Gold
Location: Pauley Center Patio

It’s Summertime! Join us in the Robins Sculpture Garden for an evening of music. Markus Gold on the spin will be coming at you live from the Pauley Patio. Grab a drink and enjoy. Dancing is encouraged.

Aug 5, 2022
6–8 pm

First Fridays – Rhythm on the River
Location: Sculpture Garden

First Friday at VMFA invites you to a relaxing summer evening in the River City. Enjoy a range of musical genres, from R&B to metal, our own fresh and seasoned artists of sight and sound bring their stories to the Robins Sculpture Garden. and DJ Jay Dion brings this musical collage to the evening. Enjoy drink specials from Best Café.

Aug 19, 2022
6–8 pm

Dance After Work – Hip-Hop and House
Location: Cochrane Atrium

It’s a summertime two-hour EDM outdoor dance party in the Sculpture Garden. DJ Jay Dion will help you party your summer blues away with an evening of electronic music—bringing the club to the garden! Best Café has drink specials.

Aug 26, 2022
5:30–8:30 pm

Summer Breeze – DJ Marc J
Location: Paulet Center Patio

It’s Summertime! Join us in the Robins Sculpture Garden for an evening of music. DJ Marc J on the spin will be coming at you live from the Pauley Patio. Grab a drink and enjoy. Dancing is encouraged.

Sep 23, 2022
5:30–8:30 pm

Summer Breeze – Shanel the DJ
Location: Sculpture Garden

It’s Summertime! Join us in the Robins Sculpture Garden for an evening of music. Shanel the DJ on the spin will be coming at you live from the Pauley Patio. Grab a drink and enjoy. Dancing is encouraged.

View all previous virtual events on YouTube.