virginia beach festivals

Last modified: May 3, 2018

With spring just around the corner, it’s nice to know what sort of outdoor events are planned for our community, and in Virginia Beach VA, there is no shortage of festivals! VirginiaBeach.com has done the research for you and found upcoming festivals where you can listen to great music, sample foods, or show off your support for our troops!

Read on for information on upcoming Virginia Beach festivals!

13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival:

Held March 24-25, 2018, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, at Red Wing Park in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. You are invited to come celebrate peace and goodwill with the Sister Cities of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki, Japan. Activities will include dancing, music, art, and martial arts demonstrations. Call 757-437-2038 for more info or get the info here.

East Coast She Crab Soup Classic:

Held April 7, 2018, from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM, is a seafood competition among area restaurants. Guests can sample She Crab Soup from the competing restaurants and vote for a winner of the “People’s Choice” category. After paying the $17.50 admission, guests receive a sheet to be stamped at each station. Located downtown at 24th Street at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Click here to get your tickets.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival:

Held May 5, 2018 near 17th Street in downtown Virginia Beach, kite fliers and spectators can experience a visual treat as kite enthusiasts of all ages decorate the beach sky. This popular events features activities and a “Best Kite Contest.” See more information about the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

PANorama Caribbean Music Fest:

Held May 11 -12, 2018 at 24th Street Park in downtown Virginia Beach, this two-day festival will feature steel bands, ocean breezes, and great Caribbean food, turning the Virginia Beach oceanfront into an island paradise. Click here to see more about this Caribbean fest.

15th Annual Neptune International Spring Wine Festival:

Held May 12, 2018 in Virginia Beach at Neptune’s Park at 31st Street from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Come and taste unique wines from around the world right next to the Atlantic Ocean! Tickets are $40 in advance. Call 757-498-0215 for more info or click here.

Pungo Strawberry Festival:

Held May 25 - 27, 2018 in Pungo, Virginia Beach. Pungo is located in the southernmost part of Virginia Beach. At the Pungo Strawberry Festival, you can expect endless strawberries, a petting zoo, carnival rides, shopping, and pie eating contests! Find out more info about our area's Strawberry Festival

Patriotic Festival – A Celebration of Our Military:

Held June 1 - June 3, 2018, this downtown Virginia Beach festival will honor our armed forces personnel and their families with concerts, military displays and demonstrations, and an oceanfront air show featuring The Blue Angels. Find the performers for this event here

MOCA Boardwalk Art Show:

Held June 14 - 17, 2018, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a one of a kind art show. This year will be the 61st year of the Boardwalk Art Show. See beautiful works of art like photography, painting, jewelry, print making, drawing, wood work, and so much more. There will be 300 artists from all over the country showcasing their work. See which streets on the Boardwalk you can find these artists

Hardee's Latin Fest:

Held June 22 - 23, 2018, this popular festival brings the Latin heat and flare to the 24th Street Stage in Virginia Beach. Live musical performances, delicious Latin foods, and salsa dancing is what you'll find at this Virginia Beach festival. There will salsa dancing lessons, Zumba classes, food trucks, and more. Check out more about the Latin Fest

FunkFest Beach Party:

Held August 25 - 25, 2018, this Virginia Beach festival invites all funk music lovers to gather and jam at the 24th Street Stage and the beach. There will be food, unique merchandise for purchase, dance competitions, and of course jammin' tunes from live performers. Funkfest is free and open to the public. Click here for the event page.

American Music Festival:

Held August 31 - September 2, 2018, at the Virginia Beach boardwalk, this 3 day festival will feature over 30 bands with the sounds of rock, jazz, R&B, and country! This is the largest outdoor music event on the East coast and the Atlantic Ocean provides the perfect backdrop. Food, beer, and merchandise heighten the festival feel! Find the American Music Festival 2018 performers here.

There is always something going on in Virginia Beach! While our beach and boardwalk play host to an array of special events, we also have parks, waterparks, golfing, and delectable dining choices. Make a reservation today at one of our hundreds of beachfront hotels and see why Virginia Beach is the best and most relaxing destination on the East coast!

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