While there are art-related activities continually happening in all corners of the city, undeniably the ViBe Creative District is a central hub for all things art in Virginia Beach. Located just several blocks from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the artsy community pulses with creative energy. Whether you are an artist or an art admirer, here you can explore art in a variety of forms from mural paintings on the sides of buildings, street art, art exhibits, art classes and much more. The ViBe District is home to The Virginia Beach Art Center, where artists of all levels can take classes, and The Artists Gallery, where local artists work and sell their art.
A short distance away, and also not to be missed, is the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Be sure to carve out some time to view and appreciate the museum’s impressive works of art. Until June 11, 2023, catch these current exhibitions: Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish and Atrium Artists in Residence.
If you are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, head to 21st Street Art Gallery, on North Birdneck Road. Here you will discover an impressive art—including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and more—made by local, regional and national artists.
For performing arts, seeing a show at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is a must for your itinerary. Located in Town Center, the city’s bustling business district, the Sandler Center is the city’s cultural center, offering a diverse lineup of performances year-round in its 1,308-seat performance hall, displaying the creative talents of many different musical and performing artists. In addition, the Sandler Center also displays exceptional art in its gallery and exhibits.
Also in Town Center is Zeiders American Dream Theater, a non-profit theater that showcases up-and-coming artists and their work. The 300-seat theater provides an intimate and interactive viewing experience to its audiences. Several blocks from the oceanfront, the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach is another venue that offers the Virginia Beach community live theater, highlighting local artists.