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Virginia Beach Festivals

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?

Wicked 10K

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!

Festival date: October 26, 2018 to October 27, 2018

Oceana Air Show

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 21, 2019 to September 22, 2019

Blues at the Beach

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!

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Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

CANCELLED - COVID-19. One of the most popular festivals and attractions in Virginia Beach is the Patriotic Music festival. It honors the men and women that make up our armed forces and are such a vital part of our local community.

Festival date: June 5, 2020 to June 7, 2020

Sand Soccer Tournament

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, 2023 to June 11, 2023

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: June 17, 2023

FunkFest Festival

FunkFest embraces the love and culture or 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.

Festival date: August 25, 2023 to August 26, 2023

Latin Fest

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 16, 2023 to June 17, 2023

Stars and Stripes Explosion

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.

Festival date: July 4, 2023

Monsters on the Beach

Monsters on the 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 19, 2023 to May 21, 2023

Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship

Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship wants you to hang loose with them every August for their super popular event. Watch from the sand, or paddle out and show your moves!

Festival date: August 20, 2023 to August 27, 2023

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.

Festival date: May 6, 2023 to August 7, 2023

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

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: August 26, 2023

Pungo Strawberry Festival

2023 CANCELLED. 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 23, 2020 to May 24, 2020

Oktober Brewfest

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.

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Virginia Beach Chocolate Festival

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.

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Battle of the Beers

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 8, 2018

Halloween Bootacular Fair

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.

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Fair Trade 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.

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Virginia Arts Festival

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.

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Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week is highly anticipated as it showcases some of the most delectable eateries in the city with discounted prices. Experience the tastes of VA Beach for days without breaking the bank!

Festival date: January 31, 2021 to February 6, 2021

Hampton Roads International Auto Show

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.

Festival date: January 10, 2020 to January 12, 2020

Coastal Virginia Wine Fest

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!

Festival date: January 25, 2020 to January 26, 2020

Caribbean Music Festival

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 10, 2019 to May 11, 2019

Virginia Wine Festival

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.

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Virginia Beer Festival

COVID CANCELLATION - 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: June 5, 2020 to June 7, 2020

Cruisin' Virginia Beach Car Show

COVID CANCELLATION - 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.

Festival date: May 8, 2020 to May 10, 2020

Virginia Beach 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.

Festival date: September 25, 2020 to September 27, 2020

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