Virginia Beach Events

Annual SOVA Polar Plunge Festival

February 1-2

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 Restaurant Week

February 18-24

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.

Coastal Virginia Hospitality Expo

February 27, 2019

Coastal Virginia Hospitality Expo brings together vendors, industry experts and the hospitality community in an exchange of products, services and ideas to make your business more successful.

The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend

March 15-17

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 13

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

SOMETHING IN THE WATER Art, Culture And Music Festival

April 26-28

The stage will be set on the beach and will feature weekend performances by Pharrell and friends, Travis Scott, Migos, Dave Matthews Band, Missy Elliott, J Balvin, Janelle Monae, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Diplo, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Pusha T, Jhené Aiko, Rosalía, Jaden Smith, Radiant Children, and more. Other cultural activations will include moments with Deepak Chopra and Geoffrey Canada, as well as a Pop-Up Church Service and TRAP Karaoke.

March of Dimes Walk for Babies

May 4

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

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

May 4-5

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 10-11

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 10-12

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 11

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.

Pirate Party on the Beach

May 11-12

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.

Pungo Offroad Monsters on the Beach

May 17-19

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.

Salute to Summer

May 24-26

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 25-26

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 25-27

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 27

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

May 31-June 2

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 7-9

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.

Boardwalk Art Show and Festival

June 13-16

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 15

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

Latin Fest

June 21-22

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

June 28-30

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 Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion

July 6

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

Family Great Adventure Series

July 11

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

Family Great Adventure Series

July 18

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

Family Great Adventure Series

July 25

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

Family Great Adventure Series

August 1

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

Family Great Adventure Series

August 8

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

Family Great Adventure Series

August 15

Family fun and film watching on the beach under the stars. All movies and family activities are free and open to the public.

East Coast Surfing Championships

August 18-25

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 23-24

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

Neptune’s Coastal Craft Beer Festival

August 24

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!

Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival

August 30-September 21

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

August 31-September 1

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

SonRise Music Festival

September 13-15

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 14-15

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 21-22

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 27-29

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 27-October 6

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 19-20

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 25-26

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 22-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 7

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 13-14

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 2019

December 31-January 1, 2020

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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