Virginia Beach Events

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

February 3-9

The culinary event of the year is back with the city's finest establishments offering specially priced two and three course meals. The most important meal of the day just became the newest addition to Restaurant Week.

Annual SOVA Polar Plunge Festival

February 8

The Polar Plunge® Festival, annually in February at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, is our largest - and coldest! - fundraiser, during which individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, take the plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean in the height of winter.

The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend

March 20-22

Come celebrate with us as we bring the Luck of the Irish to all runners in Virginia Beach, Virginia on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. ShamRock On!

East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic

April 18

An open competition among articipating restaurants, the She-Crab Soup Classic focuses on one of the region’s most-loved seafood delicacies.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

May 2-3

Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at this popular event featuring a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados.

Virginia International PAN Fest

May 8-9

The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music!

Beach Music Cruise-In

May 8-10

Settle into the sand as the top Beach Music bands from up and down the East Coast descend on the Virginia Beach oceanfront in a nostalgic salute to the “good old days” of cool cars and hot tunes.

Neptune's Annual Int'l Spring Wine Festival

May 9

31st Street Park is transformed into a hub of tasting stations from around the world with wines from 9 countries, each featuring blends and styles that are sure to ignite the traveler in you.

Pungo Offroad Monsters on the Beach

May 15-17

Pungo Offroad Monsters on the Beach, presented by Eastern Truck & Accessories, brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as Monster Trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! This is a ticketed event, with prices designed to fit the family budget.

March of Dimes Walk for Babies

May 17

Get inspired by other familes as you march to help those facing the toughest challenge of their lives.

Salute to Summer

May 22-24

An unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history.

Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival

May 23-24

All the strawberries you can eat offered in over 50 different ways. Activities include a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, entertainment, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, pig races, and arts and craft booths.

The Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo

May 23-25

The Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo is the place to be Memorial Day Weekend in Va. Beach! The masters of longboard surfing, as well as offerings from a wealth of talented artists embracing the art of surfing. Come join us for some wave riding bliss!

Memorial Day Citizens' Vigil

May 25

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

May 29-31

Celebrate the Military at the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three days of concerts, along with Military displays & demos and a three day oceanfront air show.

North American Sand Soccer Championships

June 5-7

If you enjoy sun, sand and surf with your soccer - this IS the place. The globe’s premier single-weekend sand soccer festival as 10,000 players will rock the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Latin Fest

June 12-13

Virginia Beach celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience with the key ingredients of good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music.

Boardwalk Art Show and Festival

June 19-21

The Boardwalk Art Show is one of the oldest and most respected outdoor fine art shows on the Eastern seaboard, featuring 300 artists’ booths, live performing arts entertainment, gourmet food and beverage concessions, and art activities for the entire family

Flying Proms

June 20

The Flying Proms showcases the beauty of vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra.

Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll

June 26-28

A beach-inspired variation on “Woodstock.” National and regional tribute artists who cover performers from Pink Floyd to the Allman Brothers to Journey will crank out hit after hit on two beach stages at the Virginia Beach oceanfront!

Stars & Stripes Explosion

July 4

Each year this one-night-only event attracts tens of thousands of onlookers to live performances on the Oceanfront stages and a fireworks show that lights up the sky over the gorgeous Atlantic Coast.

halk the Walk ARTsplosion

July 11

Hundreds of artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color!

Neptune’s Coastal Craft Beer Festival

August 22

Neptune’s Park will be transformed into a craft beer lover’s haven, featuring local Virginia beers and cask ales, as well national and regional craft beers. Enjoy over 65 beers from 30 breweries, live music, food trucks, and more!

East Coast Surfing Championships

August 23-30

Each year, several hundred surfers compete for East Coast surfing titles, prizes, history and the sheer love of surfing. Other beach oriented sports and recreation include skimboarding, volleyball, a boardwalk 5K run, street skate and ramp contests, swimsuit contests, food and drink concessions, and live music on the beach.

Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party

August 28-29

Featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players.

Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival

September 4-6

One of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast, the American Music Festival brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on a gigantic stage erected on the beach at 5th Street, as well as stages in all the parks along the boardwalk. Presented by Cruzan Rum.

Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

September 5-6

The Rock 'N’ Roll Half Marathon brings people, competition, and music together for one awesome race day.

SonRise Music Festival


The SonRise Music Festival brings national and local Artists and well-known local and national speakers to a family-friendly outdoor event on the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three days of worship, faith and family fun!

Neptune's Fall Wine Festival

September 12-13

Sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, rieslings and more while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging Virginia's reputation for quality wines.

Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show

September 19-20

The best Air Show in the country showcasing the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels. Free entry, free parking, family fun.

Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

September 25-27

Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 32 blocks of the boardwalk and feature a variety of live music and performers. Ignite your taste buds and satisfy your shopping savvy at this year's outdoor shopping and dining experience.

International Sandsculpting Championship

September 25-October 4

A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sand sculptures in the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

October 17-18

Craft beers from popular breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival under a BIG tent at 30th Street on the beach.

Wicked 10k

October 30-31

An annual favorite with locals and visitors, participants are encouraged to have fun and dress up for Halloween as the 10k course takes them along the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11

BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile

November 20-December 31

Take a journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk where festive fish, jumping dolphins and frolicking porpoises shine in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky.

Holiday Parade at the Beach

December 5

Officially ushering in the holiday season at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, the Holiday Parade at the Beach features giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages! Sponosred by Cox Communications.

Surf-N-Santa 5 miler

December 18-19

Take a break from the bustle of the holiday season at the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler, a twilight race under the holiday lights along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk.

Last Night on the Town 2020

December 31-January 1, 2021

The Last Night on the Town begins with a family-friendly celebration at Pembroke Mall, then continues right through the night with entertainment at Town Center, culminating with a live performance by a national recording artist.


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