Virginia Beach Events

Annual SOVA Polar Plunge Festival

February 5-6

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.

Virginia Beach Hotel Week

February 19-28

Virginia Beach Hoteliers are offering special discounted rates for guests to take advantage. Stay, Eat and Play Like a Tourist!

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

February 22-28

The culinary event of the year is back with over 80 of the city's finest establishments offering specially priced two and three course meals.

The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend

March 18-20

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 9

An open competition among over 15 participating restaurants, the She Crab Soup Classic focuses on one of the region’s most-loved seafood delicacies.

Town Center Craft Beer Festival

April 23

Over 50 craft beers from 25 breweries will be available for sampling at the Town Center Craft Beer Festival. Tickets include sampling and live entertainment.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

April 30

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 Beach Downtown Art Fair

April 30-May 1

Some of the finest artists in the country will converge upon Virginia Beach Town Center for a two-day juried outdoor gallery-style art fair.

Chevrolet Monsters on the Beach

May 6-8

This wildly-popular event brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as monster trucks battle for ultimate sand domination!

Virginia International PAN Fest

May 6-7

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 13-15

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 12th Annual Int'l Spring Wine Festival

May 14

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.

Town Center Corvette & Porsche Classic Car Showcase

May 14

A premier classic car show featuring one of the most impressive collections of Corvettes and Porsches - of yesterday and today - ever assembled.

Pirate Party on the Beach

May 14-15

Costume contests, games, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, and movie on the beach all combine to celebrate those scallywags we all wish we could be: pirates.

SonRise Music Festival

May 20-22

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!

Salute to Summer

May 27-29

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 28-29

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 28-30

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 30

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

June 3-5

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 10-12

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.

Flying Proms

June 11

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

Boardwalk Art Show and Festival

June 16-19

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

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

June 23

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies.

Latin Fest

June 24-25

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.

Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll

July 1-3

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.

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

July 7

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies.

Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion

July 9

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

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

July 21

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies.

Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge

July 23

The Crab is King at this one-of-a-kind event that’s fun for the whole family!

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

August 4

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies.

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

August 18

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies.

East Coast Surfing Championships

August 21-28

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 Hotel Week

August 21-Sept. 1

Virginia Beach Hoteliers are offering special discounted rates for guests to take advantage. Stay, Eat and Play Like a Tourist!

State Farm FunkFest Beach Party

August 26-28

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

American Music Festival

September 2-4

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.

Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

September 3-4

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

Festa Italiana

September 16-17

A little bit of Italy is coming to Town Center of Virginia Beach for two days of pasta, pizza, Italian wine, beer, and entertainment, together with family-friendly activities like grape-stomping!

Neptune's Fall Wine Festival

September 17-18

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 17-18

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 30-October 2

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 30-October 9

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.

War of the Wings


Live music, adult beverages, prizes, giveaways, children's activities, and, of course, discovering the best wings in town, are all part of the day's activities.

Virginia Beach National Chess Day Festival

October 8

Players of all ages are welcome to participate in this 2nd Annual Town Center event featuring an open tournament, scholastic tournament, awards ceremony, and simultaneous exhibition.

Fil Fest

October 21-22

The two-day FilFest is a celebration of Filipino American culture, food and entertainment and will be held during Filipino American History Month at Virginia Beach Town Center.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

October 22-23

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 29

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.

Halloween Town & Treat

October 29

This free event, fun for the entire family, offers trick or treating throughout Town Center, arts and crafts activities, face-painting and balloon animals, a “Thriller” dance performances, and more.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11

McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

November 18-January 1, 2017

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.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Center)!

November 19

Taking place along Main Street in the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center, Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Center) will be the quintessential holiday experience for the entire family.

Holiday Parade at the Beach

December 3

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!

Surf-N-Santa 5 miler

December 17

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 2016

December 31-January 1, 2017

The 4th annual 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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