Virginia Beach Events

From laid-back live performances by local bands to big-ticket boardwalk concerts and everything in between, a wide range of Virginia Beach Boardwalk events keep visitors busy year-round. The boardwalk and beach play host to a wide range of events, including marathons, surfing championships, beach volleyball, sand soccer tournaments and fireworks shows.

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival
Friday, May 29, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

Celebrates THE MILITARY at The Virginia Beach Oceanfront for three days of National Touring Artists Concerts, along with Military Display & Demos and a three day Oceanfront Air. Be a part of this salute to our troops, serving now and in the past.  For complete details, visit

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North American Sand Soccer Championships
Friday, June 05, 2015 - Sunday, June 07, 2015

The NASSC is the world's largest beach soccer festival with over 8,500 youth and adult players of all skill levels.  The event includes nearly 60 surfside fields located over a mile and a quarter of the premier resort strip beach.  Attracting 25,000 individuals from over twenty states and several countries, the competition is viewed by some 100,000 persons throughout the weekend.  Several SideKick attractions are also available.  For more information, visit 

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Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock and Roll
Friday, June 12, 2015 - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sandstock, a Beach-inspired variation on Woodstock, pays homage to the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s that rocked our world! National and local tribute artists who run the gamut from performers like The Who to Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix will crank out hit after hit on multiple stages at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Even The King himself will get in on the act with special shows at 17th Street Park. To set the stage, each park will be decorated...thrill to the Flower Power hippies of the 60s, the Disco Divas of the 70s, and the big hair rockers of the 80s! To electrify the night, a laser light show explodes on a giant screen on the beach to the music of Pink Floyd! To add a touch of whimsy and period authenticity, psychedelic hippie vans provided by local and regional VW clubs, will be on display. Games and activities for kids will round out this blast from the past! 

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Boardwalk Art Show & Festival
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Boardwalk Art Show and Festival is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the Eastern seaboard, and this year will mark it's 58th year.  The show is consistently ranked in the top 40 of Sunshine Artist Magazine's Top 200 Art Shows.  The show runs along the Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk from 17th Street to 24th Street.   For complete details, visit Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art online..

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Hardee's Latin Fest
Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

For two days, Virginia Beach celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience. Hardee’s Latin Fest possesses the key ingredients of good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music. National performers electrify the diverse audience with high-energy tunes that move the crowd to dance under the stars. Local and regional Latin acts (each with their own loyal fan base) take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz. All performances will take place on a giant stage on the beach at 24th Street.  For more information, visit 

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Stars & Stripes Explosion
Saturday, July 04, 2015 - Saturday, July 04, 2015

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages attract tens of thousands of visitors and residents of Hampton Roads to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion!  Musical acts offer something for everyone with tribute bands saluting some of the biggest names in music. From 8:00pm-9:30pm, a stage erected right on the beach at 20th Street becomes the focal point for performances by Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach) together with the Virginia Beach Chorale.  This musical program encompasses patriotic songs, Broadway standards, movie themes, and folk music.  The show segues into a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm that explodes over the ocean in a burst of colors and patterns!  For more information, visit

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Chalk the walk ARTsplosion
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Saturday, July 11, 2015

Artists and "wanna-be" artists are invited to the 6th Annual Chalk the Walk Artsplosion, where participants are encouraged to decorate the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with 4 x 4 foot chalk drawings.  Age and skill divisions divide artists into appropriate groups for competition purposes.  Cash prizes and trophies are awarded to winners.  Even the audience gets in to the act when they get to vote on the "Best of the Boardwalk.".  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

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Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Saturday, July 25, 2015

A one-of-a-kind event that's fun for the whole family! Along with the Crustacean 500 race, participants may enter the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant.  At the pageant, hermit crabs are presented in uniquely-decorated displays and judged on beauty and creativity.  Hermit crab owners are encouraged to build a unique display for their crabs.  Past winners have included themed entries like "Spider Crab," "Hermit the Hulk," "Beauty and the Crab," and "Pirates of the Crabibbean!" 

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State Farm FunkFest Beach Party
Friday, August 28, 2015 - Sunday, August 30, 2015

FunkFest is the heart and soul of this weekend event, featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players. Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid-to late-1960's when African-American musicians blended soul music, soulful jazz, and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk music was a major influence on the development of 1970's disco music, and has even impacted house music and hip-hop. FunkFest will take place on a stage on the beach at 24th Street.

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American Music Festival
Friday, September 04, 2015 - Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nearly 50 concerts explode over stages all across the Virginia Beach oceanfront with music that celebrates every generation and style.  Scheduled to perform this year include artists such as Train, Hunter Hayes, Vertical Horizon, Rusted Root, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Blues Traveler and many others.  VIP pins are available online at

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Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
Saturday, September 05, 2015 - Sunday, September 06, 2015

Over 17,000 runners descent on the Virginia Beach oceanfront for this 13.1-mile race.  Participants compete for the largest half-marathon prize purse in the United States.  With a course that's fast, flat and fun, the Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon has become a must run event for thousands of racers.  A post-race concert act on the 5th Street Stage tops off the fun-filled day. For more information, visit. 

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Blues at the Beach
Friday, September 11, 2015 - Saturday, September 12, 2015

You won't be "singing the blues" at this casual yet spirited festival that fills the oceanfront air with the riveting sounds of one of the most cherished musical styles of all time! Blues at the Beach brings together the best local, regional, and national Blues performers for a celebration of sight, sound, and music that comes from the soul!  Learn musical techniques for playing blues music at FREE workshops offered Saturday and Sunday right in the park at 24th Street!

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NAS Oceana Air Show
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

One of the most popular events of the Fall!  The 2015 Air Show brings a full weekend of high-flying fun.  The main events will be Saturday and Sunday with two full day shows.

This incredible line-up features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Blue Angel Bearcat, the United States Navy Warbirds, Shockwave, the British Red Devils, the F/A-18F Super Hornets, the F-16 Fighting Falcons, the US Coast Guard Search and Rescue Team, and many more. For a complete list of performers and a detailed schedule of events, visit 

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Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sample over 50 different craft beers from 25 different breweries.  This  ticket events gives you access to all these great beers, live music and a  souvenier beer mug.

Craft beer is made using a traditional process of blending various ingredients together with the skilled brewmaster bringing out a unique aroma, color and flavor by varying the amounts and timing of sugar and gases. Let these brewmasters teach you their many tricks of the trade.  

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Anthem Wicked 10k
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015

Grab your best halloween costume and head to the Boardwalk for a 10k run unlike any other.  Great prizes, live entertainment, a costume contest and huge post race party make this one of the most popular running events in Hampton Roads.  There is also a large fitness expo features dozens of vendors. 

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