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Caribbean Music Festival

Virginia Beach Oceanfront

The PANorama Caribbean Music Fest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music!

Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great Caribbean food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for those visiting.

The 2017 International PAN Fest is is May 12 & 13th at 24th Street Stage.

A co-produced event between the Virginia Arts Festival and Beachevents, the PANorama Caribbean Music Festival at its core is a steel drum band competition featuring over 25 high school, college, and community bands from throughout the United States. Bands attend workshops on Friday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. These workshops are led by nationally-known steel drum artists and educators. On Saturday, the action moves to the 24th Street Park, where bands compete for awards and a coveted performance slot on Sunday.

In the evenings steel drum headliners play on the main stage. All performances are free to the public.

International PAN Fest Show Times:

Friday: Free Concerts

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Nature's Child (Reggae Band)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Leon Foster Thomas

Saturday: Free Competitions

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Elementary and Middle School Bands
11:50 AM - 6:30 PM - High School, Private Studio, and Community Bands

Saturday: Free Concerts

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
8:15 PM - 8:45 PM - Awards Ceremony
8:45 PM - 10:00 PM - Leon Foster Thomas

Price range: 
Wheelchair accessible
Kid Friendly
virginia international PANfest
Start Date: 
Friday, May 12, 2017 to Sunday, May 14, 2017