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67th Annual Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show

(Photo Courtesy of Fresh Look Photography)


On the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 24th-35th Streets

Friday, Oct. 20: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hanging out at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a good time any time of the year, but the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show weekend is an extraordinary event not to be missed and a compelling demonstration of how deeply the Virginia Beach community supports the arts. Celebrating its 67th year, the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show is one of the only outdoor art shows held by an accredited museum. Hosted by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, this popular annual event will showcase an array of artwork, including exceptional fine art, and crafts from more than 175 juried artists from around the nation. In fact, this year’s event has been extended to 35th Street to accommodate more artists in the show.

Not just limited to beach-themed art, the show will present visitors and locals with a huge display of interesting and unique works of art, covering more than a dozen mediums, set up in large tents lining the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 24th to 35th Street. Attendees have the opportunity to help support the creative talents of various artisans by purchasing one-of-a-kind items not commonly found in stores. Why not start holiday shopping early this year and stock up on special gifts for loved ones?

Key highlights about the show

Boardwalk Beach Club

Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you want to be in the middle of the action during the Boardwalk Art Show weekend, then the Boardwalk Beach Club is the place to be. Located at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel at 3501 Atlantic Avenue, this is the prime destination to enjoy the show while partaking in additional Beach Club activities. Purchase tickets ($50) at for private access to the VIP Beach Club, exclusive activities, live DJ entertainment, lunch and more.

Family Art Park

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For free family fun activities during the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show weekend head to 24th Street Park. Enjoy a variety of performances—from the U.S. Fleet Forces Band and U.S. Army Band to School of Rock Virginia Beach and Chesapeake—plus experience interactive art creation opportunities with studios such as Virginia MOCA’s ARTlab LIVE, Studio Shift and Lil Truck of Tools.

Support the Show

Interested in getting involved with the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show more than just as an attendee? Here are ways you can help.

Donate to the Artist Prize Fund

As part of the Boardwalk Art Show, select artists of the show will be recognized for their artistic talents with prize money totaling more than $20,000. Donate to the Boardwalk Art Show Artist Prize fund by calling 757-425-0000 or emailing

Volunteer at the Show

The Boardwalk Art Show is the premier art festival that it is thanks in large part to the dedicated volunteers that support the efforts of the show. See all of the volunteer opportunities available by clicking here.

Enjoy the show!

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