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Virginia Beach Festivals

Last edited: April 11, 2017

Virginia Beach Festivals have always been a huge draw for tourists and locals alike! We are a town that loves to celebrate with festivals. Besides the wonderful beachfront location, the Virginia Beach community has a history of throwing a great party. From mechanical marvels like the planes of the Oceana Air Show and Monster Trucks to fitness-inspired events like the Rock and Roll half-marathon and the sand soccer tournament, there’s always something to do. Music and food are always applauded, just the types change. Music festivals run the gambit from funk to gospel, and food festivals (like the Pungo Strawberry Festival) also include drink festivals like beer and wine. So many to choose from! What's your favorite Virginia Beach Festival?

Fair Trade artists and crafters will be under one roof at the O'Conner Brewing Company in Norfolk, VA. Fair Trade Festival celebrates fair working environments and conditions. Know the quality of your products you buy and purchase items at this festival!

Virginia Beach Chocolate Festival

This Virginia Beach festival occurs for the love of chocolate! If you love this sweet treat, come to the famous Chocolate Festival to sample delicious sweets, purchase them, or talk to the chocolatiers who make your favorite dessert.

Winter in VA Beach is more fun with the Coastal Virginia Wine Festival. This fest takes place in January at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Participate in educational seminars as well as fun competitions such as grape stomping!

The Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival invites you to come learn about animals that are native to the area. You'll find out how to properly bird watch (like owls and ospreys), learn about oyster restoration, and learn more about the mysterious coyotes.

Blues at the Beach is basically just how it sounds. At this Virginia Beach festival, you'll hear the tunes of the blues while chilling on the beach. It's promised to be a fun yet relaxing event. And better yet, it's free and open to the public!

Fun, festive event in Virginia Beach for the Halloween season for families with children 12 years old and younger. Halloween Bootacular Fair includes activities like Facepainting, Carnival Rides, Mazes, Rides, and more. There's even some favorite vendors for mom to love like Mark Kay, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, etc..

Virginia Beach Car Show attraction

Cruisin' Virginia Beach Car Show allows enthusiasts to gather at the Boardwalk to see the vintage cars and relive a version of the 50s and 60s. This hot auto show features classic cars with timeless beauty.

Celebrate the German spirit at the beach with Oktober Brewfest! This beer festival takes place at the 24th Street Park at the Oceanfront. Enjoy the beers as well as other German favorites like Sausages, Pizzas, Pretzels, Nuts, and more.

The Official Virginia Arts Festival supports all genres of arts at this festival. There will be performances from ballerinas, musicians, comedy acts, and Irish Dancing by the Virginia International Tattoo.

drink from restaurant week va beach

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week is highly anticipated as it showcases some of the most delectable eateries with discounted prices. Experience the tastes of VA Beach for days without breaking the bank! With over 100 participating restaurants, you'll find one to love.

Festival date:
January 10, 2017 to January 19, 2017
photo of kite atlantic coast kite festival

The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is a perfect activity for people who know how to fly a kite with awesome skills or for those who are just learning! This Virginia Beach festival is free and open to the public. You can also build your own unique kite here with advice from professionals.

Festival date:
May 6, 2017
A monster truck jumping in Virginia Beach

Monsters on the Beach in Virginia Beach is a festival that takes place at the oceanfront, right on the sand! Watch monster trucks race, jump, and spin in an unusual arena. Join in on the thrills and take a ride in a monster truck at this festival!

Festival date:
May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017

Relax at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and traditional Caribbean food. This Virginia Beach attraction is free to enjoy and open to the public,

Festival date:
May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017
logo for virginia beer festival

Virginia Beer Festival takes place in Norfolk, Virginia Beach's sister city. There will be over 150 different beers featured at this festival. It will be worth a short drive from VA Beach!

Festival date:
May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Virginia Beach Festival Pungo Strawberry

Lovers of strawberries don't forget this popular Virginia Beach festival. The Pungo Strawberry Festival packs everything strawberry in one place! Take part in the strawberry bake-off or test your stomach at the pie eating contest!

Festival date:
May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017
VA Beach Patriotic Festival Emblem

Super popular festival in Virginia Beach that honors the men and women that make up our armed forces. The 2017 Patriotic Festival includes nationally recognized performers like Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, and more.

Festival date:
June 2, 2017 to June 4, 2017

North American Sand Soccer has been loved and in full effect since 1994. Sign up your team to participate in this summer festival, or walk along the Oceanfront, sit down at any game and watch the excitement.

Festival date:
June 9, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Full of spice, full of flavor, this Virginia Beach festival celebrates all things with a Latin flare. Participate in high-energy dancing, enjoy delicious authentic foods, and go on the Salsa Cruise on The Virginia's Jewel yacht.

Festival date:
June 23, 2017 to June 24, 2017
VA Beach festival Stars and Stripes Explosion fireworks photo

Stars and Stripes Explosion is a free Virginia Beach thing to do to celebrate the Fourth of July. These fireworks can be seen from any place you are on the Boardwalk. There will also be musical performances that will be founds scattered along the Boardwalk stages.

Festival date:
July 4, 2017
Virginia Beach festival chalk the walk artsplosion

Fun Virginia Beach attraction that displays beautiful, colorful art along the Boardwalk. Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion brings talented artists to create a masterpiece on the cement of the Boardwalk.

Festival date:
July 8, 2017
The crowd outside the Funkfest Festival in Virginia Beach

FunkFest embraces the love and culture of Jazz, R&B, and Soul music and brings it to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Like any festival, it includes foods, drinks, and vendors to buy unique gifts. There will be a ton of dancing at this funky festival. Bring your best moves to win the FunkFest dance contest!

Festival date:
August 25, 2017 to August 26, 2017

Kick off September with the Rock and Roll Half Marathon or 5k. Run with the beautiful backdrop of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront while listening to live music from bands like Sister Hazel, Sheryl Crow, and others.

Festival date:
September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017
photos of breweries participating in battle of the beers va beach

Fall festival in Virginia Beach that lets local breweries come head to head with their best beers. Tasters will vote on their favorite. May the best brew win the Battle of the Beers!

Festival date:
September 9, 2017
planes flying at oceana air show va beach

The Oceana Air Show, held in September, is an annual festival that has been amazing spectators since 1953! More than the Air Show, there will be a Kids Fest which includes bounce houses, rock walls, face painting, and more.

Festival date:
September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Virginia Beach attraction Neptune Festival

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival may just be the most popular of all the festivals in the city. Neptune Festival draws in thousands of people to celebrate the culture of VA Beach. This fest takes place in September at the Neptune Park at 31st Street, of course!

Festival date:
September 30, 2017 to October 1, 2017

VA Beach isn't the only city to celebrate the love of wine! Norfolk, a sister city to VB, has their own Virginia Wine Festival that takes place at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Enjoy this fall festival with the beautiful landscape of the waterside of Norfolk.

Festival date:
October 21, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Virginia Beach festival craft beer

Craft Beer lovers LOVE fall in Virginia Beach because of this popular festival! The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival brings over 50 different varieties of craft beer for people to enjoy right at the Oceanfront at 30th Street.

Festival date:
October 21, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Wicked 10K Party Picture

Anthem Wicked 10K & The Old Point National Bank Monster Mile is a perfect run to participate in during the season of fall. This festive set of runs is fun and will get you in the mood for Halloween! Come dressed up in your most creative costume, as there will be a contest at the end!

Festival date:
October 28, 2017
Hampton Roads International Auto Show Virginia Beach

Hampton Roads International Auto Show takes place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in January. You'll see a large collection of domestic cars as well as imported vehicles. Whether it's brand new and hot off the line, or an oldie but goodie, there will a varied display of beautiful cars.

Festival date:
January 13, 2018 to January 15, 2018