Virginia Beach Events

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

January 10-19

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. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

Annual SOVA Polar Plunge Winter Festival

February 6-7

The Polar Plunge® Winter 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 11

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

Spring Art Fair

April 25-26

The fair promises a wide selection of works with something for everyone to fall in love with! From handmade jewelry to life-size sculptures, expect to discover an expansive array of art for purchase.

AVP Volleyball on the Beach

April 24-26

Watch the best Volleyball players from across the nation battle it out in our backyard!

Ultimate Frisbee on the Beach

May 1-3

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

May 2

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.

Town Center Craft Beer Festival

May 2

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.

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!

Kalbones Off-Road Monsters on the Beach

May 8-10

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

Beach Music Cruise-In

May 15-17

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.

Town Center Corvette & Porsche Classic Car Showcase

May 16

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 16-17

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.

Neptune's 12th Annual Int'l Spring Wine Festival

May 16

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.

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.

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

May 23

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Planes: Fire & Rescue

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.

Flying Proms

June 7 (TBD)

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

SonRise Music Festival

June 12-14

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!

Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll

June 12-14

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!

Boardwalk Art Show and Festival

June 18-21

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

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

June 25

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Muppets Most Wanted

Latin Fest

June 26-27

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.

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 9

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

My Big Fat Greek Party

July 10-12

A three-day Greek-American party featuring world famous Greek cuisine, music, and festivities.

Virginia Aquarium Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion

July 11

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 23

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge

July 25

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 6

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

Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

August 13

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

East Coast Surfing Championships

August 19-23

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 Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series

August 20

On the beach at 27th Street. Families can take part in interactive adventures themed to popular movies. Movie: Wreck It Ralph

State Farm 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.

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.

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.

Blues at the Beach

September 11-12

Local, regional, and nationally-recognized Blues acts share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience.

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.

Festa Italiana

September 18-19

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! - See more at:

Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show

September 20-21

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.

War of the Wings

October 3

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.

Biplanes and Triplanes

October 3-4

Join us at this special Biplanes & Triplanes air show as we honor the bravery and sacrafices of those who fought in the First World War.

Virginia Beach National Chess Day Festival

October 10

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.

Virginia Beach Fall Fashion Show

October 17

The Virginia Beach Fall Fashion Show, spotlighting retailers from Town Center and Pembroke Mall, presents the top trends at this annual outdoor extravaganza.

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 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.

Halloween Town & Treat

October 31

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 20-January 2, 2016

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.

Light Up the Town

November 21

Countdown to the lighting of Town Center and its 30-foot Christmas tree, Swinging Santas, carolers, merchant open house, and visits with Santa at Pembroke Mall after the illumination!

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!

Surf-N-Santa 5 miler

December 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 2015

December 31, 2015

Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town,” the City of Virginia Beach’s premier New Year’s Eve event.


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