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Top Things To Do In Virginia Beach During Fall

There’s always a ton of action going on at the beach in the summer. Events like concerts, fireworks, and festivals seem to be happening every weekend at the beach. So, what about the fall? Do those events stop happening? Nope!

Read the following article for 10 Top Things To Do In Virginia Beach During Fall.

1. Attend One of The Most Popular Virginia Beach Festivals

The 2017 Neptune Festival will be its 44th year in celebration. There are so many things to do in one place at this festival. See amazing artists create out of this world sand sculptures. This is reason enough to come to the Neptune Festival! Bring your cameras because you’ll want to remember these works of art and share them with your friends and family. There will also be a sailing regatta to watch, an art and craft show to stroll through, a volleyball tournament to spectate, a grand parade, and much more! To end the Saturday night, the Fireworks Extravaganza will kick off at 9:30 PM to bring you a fantastic display of lights above the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Neptune Festival starts on Friday, September 29th and ends Sunday, October 1st.

2. Catch One of The Many Shows at The Sandler Center

If you visit our Events Calendar, you will notice that the Sandler Center is really popping this time of year. There are many shows to check out here. You’ll find a couple of concerts that are presented by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Two great family friendly shows presented by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra are the special Halloween Spooktacular Musical and The Magical World of Harry Potter. Both are great treats for the whole family! Another show you will find on our Events Calendar at the Sandler Center is the highly anticipated, Beauty and The Beast. Watch this Disney Classic come to life. This show will be great for people of all ages. Check the times and dates for the shows to plan which ones to attend!

3. Bring The Kids for Family Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween events can be easy to find, but what if you want them to be more family friendly? We have the perfect list for you! Click here for the top ways to spend Halloween as a family. These events are made for the little ones in mind. You won’t have to worry about things too scary for you children at the events like Children’s Halloween Party at Hunt Club Farm, the Halloween Town & Treat, and more. We know your family will love these events.

4. Visit A Pumpkin Patch

Don’t spend money on buying pumpkins at the grocery store this year! Have memories to keep forever by visiting Bush Neck Farm in Williamsburg. They offer a Pick-Your-Own pumpkin patch. Pick your own pumpkins in the most beautiful piece of land in Williamsburg. While this is a drive from Virginia Beach, it is highly recommended. Enjoy views of the Chickahominy River. Even bring your own lunch to have a picnic at this farm. There is a playground for children to play, and don’t forget to play with their friendly farm pack of the cutest black labs! Many people who come to Bush Neck Farm in Williamsburg make it a tradition, and come back year after year.

5. Howl And Scream at Howl-O-Scream

When driving back to Virginia Beach from Bush Neck Farm in Williamsburg, you are going to pass the exit on the Interstate to go to Busch Gardens… Take it! If you are in the mood for some haunted houses and mazes, Howl-O-Scream is where to be. This is a spooky experience you won’t want to miss. You will without a doubt get scared here. Creepy clowns, werewolves, and men with chainsaws will all be sure to have you shaking in your boots. The theme park changes into Howl-O-Scream at 6:00 PM, so if you want to enjoy the theme park without the monsters, you better leave before then! This Halloween special at Busch Gardens is not recommended for children.

6. Party at Sky Bar’s Halloween Nightlife

You won’t have to go for the hottest Halloween parties. You’ll find three parties, three days in a row at the Sky Bar at this trendy VB hotel. There are three different themes for the parties. Check them out so you’re not out of the loop! The first party at Sky Bar is a ladies night on Thursday, October 27th. The theme is beautiful and crazy, Harley Quinn. Paint those eyes pink and blue, and wear the shortest shorts. But, feel free to leave the bat at home! Doors open at 10:00 PM. Friday, October 28th is the second night of the Halloween weekend at Sky Bar. The theme for Friday’s party is Super Heroes and Villains. Virginia Beach will be filled with Wonder Women, Supermen, Batmen, and all the favorites. You can get creative with it, and are encouraged to do so! Saturday, October 29th, has the theme of “Asylum”. Doors open at 10:00 PM. Dance, drink, and party the weekend away at Sky Bar, located at 3001 Atlantic Ave.

7. Check Out The Infamous Virginia Beach Haunted House

If you have ever walked on Atlantic Avenue at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, you know you have passed Nightmare Mansion. It’s hard to miss with the large blue-ish skull at the front of the building that is missing an eye-ball. It’s even scarier on the inside! The Nightmare Mansion is open all year round, but it seems to be especially fitting in the season of fall and all things scary. Walk through this mansion for screams and thrills. This spook attraction is located at 2008 Atlantic Avenue, we know you won’t miss it!

8. Book A Photography Session

Fall in Virginia Beach is the season of color. The leaves are changing to oranges and reds, flowers are blooming yellows, and pumpkins are all around. It’s a great season to have beautiful photos of you and your family. This photographer is the best at the beach! With nature’s backdrop being as gorgeous as it is in the fall, you’ll want to capture the moments of your family, children, or yourself. If you want an outdoor session or indoor session, KLR Photography is the one to call. Think ahead and you can use these photos on your Holiday cards. Click to KLR Photography on the homepage of VirginiaBeach.com.

9. Fill Up Your Mug at Beer Festivals

There are a couple of beer festivals to celebrate your love of suds in Virginia Beach. The first one to enjoy is the Gordon Biersch's Arts and Drafts Oktoberfest. Here you can view local talents while drinking fresh beer on tap. September 24th is the date of this event. This event starts at 1:00 PM and lasts until 6:00 PM and will take place at the Sandler Center. If you are into craft beers, the second beer event this fall is for you! Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival features tons and tons of beers from the region. It will take place at the 31st Street Park in front of the King Neptune Statue. Here, you’ll love that there will be over 60 craft beers. Your taste buds will not go bored at this Virginia Beach festival, but please sip responsibly!

10. Hit The Beach

The water is still warm during the early fall! We have received many messages asking if the water is still swim-able, and the answer is YES. When vacationing in the fall to Virginia Beach, you may find it to be your favorite time of year to visit. The beach is still warm, the sun is still hot, and much of the crowds have gone home. You'll be able to enjoy the beach pretty much all to yourself. When finding a spot to set up at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, you'll notice how much space you have. No more cramming into a spot to set up your beach chairs, blankets, and umbrella. It's nice and roomy during the fall. Another plus of hitting the beach during the fall is the ability to bring your dog. If you have a water-loving dog, you are allowed to let him or her romp around in the waves during the fall! If you're not into dogs, don't worry because they are still supposed to be on their leash when not playing in the water.

Summer in Virginia Beach is awesome, and so is the fall! There are plenty of festivals, shows, and events to plan. Fall is a great time to vacation in Virginia Beach. For even more information about the season at the beach, read our complete guide to fall in VA Beach.

Last Update: May 5, 2017