Catch the Cool Factor of the ViBe Creative District
Situated between the sandy Oceanfront and inland Virginia Beach is a vibrant neighborhood bursting with color and personality. The ViBe Creative District, stretching from 16th to 22nd Streets, is a cultural enclave of restaurants, artists, craftsmen, fitness, shops and more. Local artisans are inspired by this creative community and look forward to sharing their passion with you.
The ViBe District embodies Virginia Beach’s eclectic spirit. You’ll quickly discover this as you stroll along the one-mile ViBe Mural Walking Tour. Over two dozen wall murals, created by local artists, decorate the buildings of the ViBe’s local businesses. This easy walking tour not only gives you a chance to soak up the aesthetic of the ViBe District but will also make for a great backdrop in pictures. With each step you take, you’ll be surrounded by lively art on the crosswalks, roads and sidewalks.
Starting in spring, browse homegrown and handmade goods at the weekly Old Beach Farmers Market. Visit a local gallery for a show or a nearby restaurant for happy hour.
Businesses that have made their home in the ViBe are as colorful and creative as the public art murals that now decorate the fence line of 18th Street Parklet. And since 2015, more than 20 new businesses have opened in the ViBe District.
Since ViBe is an arts district, what would the area be without incredible art! The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA, exhibits some of the most significant and impactful art of our time, offering a diversity seldom found in the arts community. These modern pieces offer insight into the age we live in. ViBe also houses smaller studios, like The Artists Gallery. This location is an artists’ cooperative, managed by the creative tenants themselves.
However, the creativity extends beyond the visual into the palatable. Creative restaurateurs have anchored themselves within the District, offering exciting dining and imbibing experiences. ViBe has become a mecca for local foodies.
Yet the variety of businesses is not limited to arts and dining. You can find everything from antiques to fine jewelry, as well as charming boutiques and shops where you can purchase handcrafted products.
The ViBe Creative District is bringing diversity and vitality to the Oceanfront. Take a walk off the beaten path and you’ll find the creative renaissance of the ViBe.