Throughout the year, Virginia Beach entertains locals and visitors with an impressive events calendar packed with music concerts, large festivals, art shows, farmers markets and much more. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront always has fun activities going on, and the weekends are especially busy.
Something in the Water (April 28-30) and the Beach It Festival (June 23-25)—with headliners including country singers Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan—are two upcoming hot-ticket, multiple-day festivals you have been probably hearing about. All kinds of other events occur as well, from kite and wine festivals to huge sports tournaments.
Good times await all around town, not just at the beach. Head to Town Center for a performance at The Sandler Center and then enjoy a tasty meal at one of the district’s many restaurants. Or check out one of Virginia Arts Festival’s upcoming productions including Ballet Hispanico, Virginia International PANFest or the Mark Morris Dance Group: The Look of Love.
Click below for a sampling of events to consider through the end of June.
March 12: Mozart’s Requiem Conductor JoAnn Falletta directs the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mozart’s Requiem at the Sandler Center.
March 17-19: Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this 51st annual event including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K plus other challenges the weekend of March 17-19 at the oceanfront.
April 15-16: Bulls and Barrels Beach Rodeo Met up at 3rd Street at 3 p.m. at the oceanfront for an afternoon packed full of bull riding and barrel racing competitions, and much more.
April 21-23: Catch Me if You Can Catch this new musical based on the hit film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo Di Caprio at one of the showings at the Sandler Center.
April 22: Crush N’ Run Come crush it at this 7th annual 5K race and fundraiser, while supporting local charities.
April 22: East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic Sample She-Crab soup from restaurants in the region and vote in this tasty competition.
April 28-30: Something in the Water 2023 This music festival and cultural celebration is one of Virginia Beach’s biggest events of the year.
May 5: Ballet Hispanico Get your tickets for Virginia Arts Festival’s one-night showing of Ballet Hispanico.
May 6-7: Atlantic Coast Kite Festival Watch kites fly high in the sky at the oceanfront from 16th to 18th Streets at this popular, family-friendly event.
May 12-13: Beach Music Weekend Buy your tickets and get ready to dance on the beach at 30th Street at the oceanfront May 12-13 for a music festival featuring bands playing nostalgic tunes.
May 13: Virginia International PANFest Presented by the Virginia Arts Festival in cooperation with Live! On Atlantic, check out this annual festival that includes scheduled performances as well as a competition of steel bands and ensembles.
May 13: Mark Morris Dance Group: The Look of Love Come see the Mark Morris Dance Group perform The Look of Love with music by Burt Backarach at the Sandler Center.
May 19-21: Pungo Offroad Monsters on the Beach Brace yourself for this thrilling—and loud—Monster Truck show, including racing and battles, at the oceanfront.
May 20: CoVa Burger Battle Prepare to sample burger sliders and local brews at this fun, juicy event at the Military Aviation Museum.
May 20: 18th Annual Spring Wine Festival Enjoy wine tastings at 31st Street Park, which will include stations with more than 70, plus live music.
May 26-28: Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Summer Kick off the summer at this free event with concerts at 17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks, featuring a variety of local bands.
May 27-29: Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic Catch the waves at the 20th annual Steel Pier Classic, including a surfing contest and surf art expo, on 2nd Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
June 2-4: Jackalope Fest Experience this thrilling event showcasing Canada’s action sports with competitions and demonstrations including skateboarding BASE jumping, breakdancing and much more!
June 16-17: La Fiesta Come party at La Fiesta on 24th Street at the oceanfront, where you’ll experience authentic food, Latin music and much more.
June 17: Chalk the Walk Discover the amazing ways artists transform the Virginia Beach Boardwalk (between 16th and 18th Streets) into a colorful canvas during this unique competition.
June 17-19: Juneteenth at the Beach Don’t miss this family-friendly Juneteenth festival at 24th Street Park and the Boardwalk at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
June 23-25: Beach It Festival Country music will take over the oceanfront at this huge event including headliners Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan.
June 24: SOVA Awards Head to Mount Trashmore Park for the S.O.V.A Awards (Sign of a Verified Artist) for a celebration of independent music artists.
June 30-July 2: Totally Tribute Music Fest Enjoy great music concerts and free admission at 17th and 24th Street Parks.
All dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead or check online before attending.