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Valentine's in Virginia Beach!

Valentine's Day is February 14th.  How will you romance that special someone in your life?  Chocolates? Jewelry?  Flowers?  A Romantic Dinner?  Or maybe a weekend getaway to a beautiful beach? 


If you're thinking of a romantic trip so you can stroll along the beach hand-in-hand, Virginia Beach has many options that couples will love!  From smaller beach cottages and condos... to quaint B & B Inns... to beautiful Hotel suites along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.  Looking for a top-rated hotel accommodation in the resort area? You may want to check out all the fabulous amenities at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton Hotel at 31st Street - it's first class all the way, and they even have Spas, Indoor Pool, nearby Shoppes, and also several restaurants and clubs on site.  No matter what you do on Valentines Day, we hope you have an unforgettable time spending it in Virginia Beach with the one you love.  XOXOXOXO


Valentine's Day Hangar Dance

If you're in town over Valentine's, check out this unique "hangar dance" that's like stepping back in time.  It should prove to be a memorable Valentines evening filled with music, romance, and history.

- Big Band Music

- Professional swing dancers from Swing Virginia

- Heavy hors d’oeurves

- All are encouraged to get into the fun by wearing clothing from  the time period.  Prizes for the best dressed in vintage clothing

- Special section to light a candle in remembrance of someone

  who perished during a war.

- Professional photographs

Opens: 6:30 PM  /  Closes: 10:30 PM

Military Aviation Museum  1341 Princess Anne Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23457   /  (757) 721-7767


Feb. Events at the

VB Convention Center:

Mid Atlantic Sports & Boat Show

Friday     : 12:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday : 10:00am-8:00pm

Sunday   : 10am-5pm

Admission: $8 for adults, Free for children 12 & under


It's not just a boat show, it's a BOAT SALE! If you've been thinking of buying a boat or upgrading what you currently have, NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY! All the big dealers are lining up to make a deal with you today. Whether you want to see the latest and greatest 2010 models or want a great deal on an unused 2009, you don't want to miss the boat show. All the big dealers and all the boats under one roof. Don't miss it!

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 222-3931 


Virginia Beach Coin Show

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Admission: Free 

At the Virginia Beach Coin Show, the Tidewater Coin Club will provide educational displays that depict the history of coins - Foreign, Ancient and U.S. This year's Show will also include a Coin Auction! This event is free and open to the public.

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-2000


VOW Bridal Show

VOW Bridal show's will be held on Sunday from 11:30am-4:00pm

Admission: $10  For coupons visit www.vowbride.com

Valet parking available at the main entrance.

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-2000


Greenberg's Train and Toy Show

Event Hours: 10am-4pm both days

Admission: $7 Adults good for both days / Kids Free

The country's best train and toy show returns to Virginia Beach! Hundreds of tables of trains for sale, huge operating model train layouts, free seminars, activities for kids, and more. All aboard! Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family at the country's largest train and toy show. For more information visit: www.greenbergshows.com

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(630) 279-4087  /  (757) 385-2000



Champsionship by the Sea Cheer Finals

National Cheer and Dance Championship that offers over $75,000 in cash prizes, giveaways,college scholarships and more. Come see the best in cheer and dance in this East Coast National Championship!

Virginia Beach Convention Center

1000 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(410) 799-1390 / (757) 385-2000


Spring Craft Show

The 23rd Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market features over 200 fine artists and craftspeople from across the nation offering fine arts, handcrafted jewelry, wood, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, clothing, toys, folk art and specialty foods. For more information please visit: www.emgshows.com 

Virginia Beach Convention Center

1000 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 417-7771 / (757) 385-2000


Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, ½ Marathon, 8k Run

8K Race and Children's Run/ Half and Full Marathon

The Shamrock Marathon races and course maps:

    - 8k Run - Course Certification No: VA06003MS(8K)

    - Marathon - Course Certification No: VA07002MS

    - Half Marathon  - Course Certification No: VA05029RT

Annual road race and great time! Whether you want the challenge of a marathon or ½ marathon or if you want your children to take part in the Kid’s Operation Smile Final Mile, there’s something for everyone. Come to the scenic Virginia Beach Oceanfront and enjoy the fabulous weather and the great race that is the Shamrock Marathon, ½ Marathon, 8K.

Virginia Beach Convention Center

1000 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 385-2000



Hunt Club Forest - Easter Egg Hunt

One of the best places to take the kids for an Easter Egg Hunt this year is "Hunt Club Farm".  Visit the Easter Bunny - Find Easter Eggs - Petting Farm - Farm  -Tour Hayrides - Fun Music - Games- Costume Characters - Unlimited Inflatable Rides

2388 London Bridge Rd.  Virginia Beach, VA  23456

757.427.9520  / 757.301.2768  / 757.301.9881



Treasures of the Earth Gem & Jewelry Show

This show consists of over 50 dealers who have a variety of quality 14K gold and sterling silver jewelry items including classic, estate, and contemporary jewelry, gem stones, mineral specimens, crystals, fossils, beads and findings, pearls and lapidary supplies. There will be jewelers and wire wrappers on site who can design and set stones and do remounts and repairs. In addition, there will be classic and hand crafted jewelry available for purchase. A registered gemologist will be on site for appraisals.

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street  Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(804) 746-7669  / (757) 385-2000


Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation 19th Annual Grand Tasting & Chef Smackdown.  Our Grand Tasting guests will have the opportunity to sample hundreds of the finest wines from around the world, attend exciting educational seminars, sample wonderful cuisine from local chefs and enjoy the entertainment of the first ever Wine Classic Chef Smackdown!   Wine Classic Chef Smackdown hosted by Kevin Brauch of Iron Chef America!


International wine tasting with 25 local chefs serving.

Event Details:  Admission -  $75 advance / $85 at the door.   Purchase tickets at www.cbwc.org

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street  Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 200-9463 / (757) 385-2000 / (757) 572-6592

Seminars begin at 12:30pm
Grand Tasting 2:00-5:00pm


American Taekwondo Association Tournament

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 471-9022 / (757) 385-2000


Wild Wheels Cruisin' Weekend - Auto Show

The ALL NEW Wild Wheels Cruisin’ Weekend is coming to   This event will feature multiple events along the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront both days!  Meet Ben Jones, who starred as “Cooter” in the wildly-popular “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show.  See the “General Lee” from “Dukes of Hazzard” and enjoy live music by Cooter’s Garage Band.

Virginia Beach Oceanfront 
19th Street  Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(800) 822-3224 / (757) 491-7866


Southeast Gun & Knife Show

The SGK Gun Show features guns, knives, ammo & accessories.  Event Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm   Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Ages 7-18 & Children 6 & under Free

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street  Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 483-5385  / (757) 385-2000


Historic Garden Tour

Visit some of Virginia Beach's loveliest residences and gardens, from charming oceanfront cottages to stately historic homes. This week-long tour is in conjunction with the popular statewide event. Ticket required for admission.

Full tour tickets are $25 if purchased prior to tour day and $30 on tour day.  Tickets include admission to five private homes and six Historic Homes.  Single-site admission is $10. Tickets are available at all private homes on the tour.

Princess Anne Country Club
3800 Pacific Ave.  Virginia Beach, VA 23451  / (800) 446-8199




PANorama Caribbean Music Fest

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 the weekend.

302 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491-7866


Monsters on the Beach

Monsters on the Beach brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as Monster Trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! This family-targeted event is loud, fast, and exciting. A course is built right on the beach at 6th Street, with bleachers overlooking from the boardwalk. Sand dunes and junk cars combine to make the race course fast and fun for drivers and spectators alike. This is a ticketed event, with prices designed to fit the family budget.

On the beach - 4th and 7th Streets
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(800) 822-3224
(757) 491-7866


Beach Music Weekend

Beach Music Weekend blends the best of the “oldies” with dancing under the stars in a jam-packed blast to the past!  Settle into the sand as the top Beach Music bands from up and down the East Coast descend on the Virginia Beach oceanfront in a nostalgic salute to the “good old days” of cool cars and hot tunes.

On the beach -  4th and 7th Streets
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(800) 822-3224
(757) 491-7866


Neptune's Spring Wine Festival

Sip, savor and purchase wines from the Old Dominion's leading vineyards in an oceanfront setting. Food and live music. Grab your passport and travel the world as the 31st Street Park is transformed into an International Wine Sampling Extravaganza! This event will feature over 75 wines from around the world.  Featured Countries Include:  USA, France, Chile, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Japan, Argentina.  A limited number of admission tickets will be sold for this event.  Each ticket includes a commemorative wine-tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

31st Street Park
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 498-0215


Warbirds Over the Beach

Step back in time for a memorable weekend as magnificent airplanes that flew during WWII take to the sky again!  All of the aircraft are restored to their military glory and most are airworthy.
See life on the Front Line as you visit the encampments of re-enactors. Talk with folks who expertly portray life as soldiers, pilots, nurses, and more.  Enjoy musical performers from this era who will entertain you as musicians and impersonators bring the 1940s back to life.

1341 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 721-7767                                 


Salute To Summer

Salute to Summer is an unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music from the past and present, fun in the sun, and our American military!  Live entertainment on three outdoor stages includes music of different styles and eras. Military bands are featured as well in an acknowledgement of their sacrifices to preserve our freedom!


The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 17th to 31st Streets.  Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by.  These essays describe the military conflicts in which the United States has been involved throughout history.  They help to remind us of the price that has been paid and is still being paid today by the United States military.


Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival

Along with beautiful beaches, Virginia Beach has miles and miles of beautiful farmland. Every year the Pungo Strawberry Festival is held on Memorial Day weekend. We are especially excited about this year's festival as we will be celebrating our 31st Anniversary. Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat offered in over 50 different ways, but we have a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and some of the most unique arts and crafts exhibited anywhere. Don’t miss this family-oriented, fun filled, wholesome and alcohol-free event.

1776 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

(757) 721-6001



Sandstock – A Blast from the Past

Love Rock N Roll?  Virginia Beach will host a beach-inspired "Woodstock"... called "Sandstock". Tribute bands all weekend long!  Locations: 17th St - 24th St - 31st St.   Best of all, it's FREE! Need a "GROOVY" hotel, beach home, or condo?  Virginia Beach Lodging  Hope to see you there!

(757) 491-7866       


Old Beach Farmers Market

Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend

Old Beach Farmers Market (OBFM) is a quaint, open air market that gathers in the parking lot of Croc's 19th Street Bistro, a local neighborhood restaurant along the 19th Street Corridor in the heart of the Virginia Beach resort area near the Old Beach neighborhood.  Just a six block walk from the oceanfront and one block from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Walking or riding a bike is encouraged as is bringing a reusable shopping bag!
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Croc's 19th Street Bistro
19th & Cypress
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 482-5444




Stars & Stripes Explosion – July 4th  

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages attract tens of thousands of visitors and residents of Hampton Roads to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion! Musical acts offer something for everyone with tribute bands saluting some of the biggest names in music. From 8:00pm-9:30pm, a stage erected right on the beach at 20th Street becomes the focal point for performances by Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach) together with the Virginia Beach Chorale. This musical program encompasses patriotic songs, Broadway standards, movie themes, and folk music. The show segues into a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm that explodes over the ocean in a burst of colors and patterns!All concerts are free and open to the public!

Area: Resort Area

17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks &
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone: (800) 822 - 3224 / (757) 491 - 7866

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Kid / Family Friendly


Chalk the Walk Artsplosion  

At Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion, participants draw four-by-four foot chalk drawings right on the boardwalk! Chalk the Walk participants are asked to incorporate the announced theme in their work. 200 competitors complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges score the drawings according to criteria such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme, and creativity. There are three competitive divisions: Amateur, Professional, and Youth. The Youth division is for ages 12-16. Children 11 and under are invited to draw for fun in a separate area. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded for each division. The event runs from 10:00am-5:00pm. Advance registration for Chalk the Walk is not required. There is no fee to participate.  16 – 18th Street on the beach.


Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge   

The Crab is King at this one-of-a-kind event that’s fun for the whole family!  The Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge was named to TripAdvisor.com's 2010 list of the Wackiest Summer Events in America and to the New York Daily News 2012 list of the top 10 Wackiest Festivals in the WORLD.  Along with the Crustacean 500 race, participants may enter the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant. At the pageant, hermit crabs are presented in uniquely-decorated displays and judged on beauty and creativity. Hermit crab owners are encouraged to build a unique display for their crab. Past winners have included themed entries like “Spider Crab,” “Hermit the Hulk,” “Beauty and the Crab,” and “Pirates of the Crabibbean!” Aside from 1st, 2nd, And 3rd Place winners, special trophies are also awarded for the Friendliest Crab, Biggest Crab, Shyest Crab, Most Unique Crab Display, Prettiest Crab Shell, Most Athletic Crab, and Most Traveled Crab.



The City of Virginia Beach offers free fireworks displays throughout the summer.


They are launched from a barge off 20th Street, giving you a great view from anywhere along the boardwalk.

Please keep your pets safe and inside during fireworks.


East Coast Surfing Championship / Aug. 25th - 29th
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The Virginia Beach Antiques Show

The Virginia Beach Antiques Show has been the largest and highest-quality antiques show in Hampton Roads for over 40 years. This once a year event is one of the oldest and most respected antique shows in the country and features over 130 dealers from 22 states and Canada. Diversity and quality are the foundation of this event. Event Hours: Friday -Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm Admission: $7 for adults (children under 12 free) One admission covers all three days. Plenty of free parking. ATM on premises. Sign up for a $1 off coupon.

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone: (757) 385 – 2000


East Coast Surfing Championships 

ECSC is North America's Oldest Running Surfing Competition and the second oldest continuously-run surfing contest in the world. More than 100 of the world's top professional surfers, male and female, and an estimated 300 amateur surfers will travel to Virginia Beach to "ride the curl" at the Oceanfront and compete for cash prizes. Held annually in Virginia Beach, Virginia since 1963, ECSC is more than just surfing. Dozens of people also take part in other competitions including skimboarding, volleyball, an oceanfront 5K run, a swimsuit competition and the extreme sport of skateboarding. Live bands perform for free on an oceanfront stage throughout the weekend. A cost is involved to participate in competitions, but all activities are free and open to the public.

Area: Resort Area / Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone: (800) 861 - 7873


Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament

Join this annual billfish tournament- compete for trophies, bragging rights, and cash!  Go to the tournament website for entry info and details: Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament


Funk Fest 

FunkFest is a full-blown three-day celebration with lively entertainment, cultural presentations, children's activities, business seminars, health and wellness displays, food, art, and shopping. Funk Fest will remain the heart and soul of this weekend event, featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players. Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid-to late-1960’s when African-American musicians blended soul music, soulful jazz, and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk music was a major influence on the development of 1970’s disco music, and has even impacted house music and hip-hop. Food, merchandise, and dance contests all contribute to a festive, “funky” vibe!


Boardwalk Astronomy

Where astronomers bring night skies closer to tourists along the boardwalk this summer! With astronomical equipment costing thousands of dollars, tourists are offered telescopic views of the heavens which include visible planets, craters on the moon, passing satellites and space stations, and many interesting stars. Telescopes of various designs are available to look through, including some that are specifically designed to safely observe features on the sun. Learn to identify constellations you knew were up there, but always wondered where. Learn about the very latest discoveries from a host of spacecraft and satellites as well as the Hubble Space telescope with the ViewSpace presentation that will be on display. Location: 24th Street Park / 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. This event is free to the public!


American Music Festival

The sounds of rock, jazz, country, blues, R&B, and more flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three sun-filled days over Labor Day Weekend at the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival. The festival features 20 national recording bands who will perform free on 17th Street, 24th Street, and 31st Street stages.

The largest outdoor music event on the East coast, the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival brings together local, regional, and national acts to play on a gigantic 60-foot wide and 60-foot tall stage on the beach at 5th Street as well as stages in all parks along the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront. Festival goers by the thousands love the appeal of being outdoors on the beach with the Atlantic Ocean providing the perfect background for some of the greatest live music of all time! Food vendors, beer, and merchandise kiosks enhance the festival atmosphere along the boardwalk.

Exclusive VIP passes provide separate entrance to the area right in front of the stage for viewing Friday and Saturday concerts, access to heavy hors d’oeuvres, VIP-only port-a-johns, two free beers or wine, and tickets to both Friday and Saturday concerts. This is the ultimate way for fans to enjoy the concerts!vvAdditional free shows will be announced in the coming days. Clearly AMF this year will have music for almost every preference of style.




Sandbridge Pig Pickin' 

Come out and join the Sandbridge locals for a fun day at Little Island Park at the southend of Sandbridge Beach. The Pig Picking features all-you-can-eat food and drinks, as well as live bands and even local art and crafts on sale. This is the big end of summer party for the Sandbridge community, in addition to our tribute to our volunteer rescue squad (all proceeds go to support the squad). 12 – 5 pm / For ticket information, contact Siebert Realty at 877-422-2200.


Annual Blues at the Beach 
Celebrating one of the most cherished musical genres of all time, Blues at the Beach features three days of free concerts on an outdoor stage. Local, regional, and nationally-recognized Blues acts share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience. Blues stars James Harman, Terry Garland, Billy Boy Arnold, and many like them, have presented standout performances at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Instrumental workshops, led by Natchel’ Blues Network personnel and festival performers, are offered free to spectators. Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 17th Street Park.  Phone: (800) 822-3224 / (757) 491-7866


Mediterranean Weekend

A little bit of Italy and Greece come to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for two days of pasta, pizza, Italian wine, great Greek food, beer, and world-class entertainment, together with family-friendly entertainment like grape-stomping! People from all walks of life and backgrounds join in one community for a three-day celebration of everything Italian and Greek! Table seating under the giant tent makes for the perfect atmosphere for dining, singing, and dancing to classic and modern Italian musical selections. Strolling musicians go from aisle to aisle, giving diners an up-close and personal serenade of Italian tunes we’ve all heard growing up and Greek songs that celebrate a rich heritage!  17th and 24th Street Parks on the oceanfront.


Neptune’s Annual Wine Festival

Join your friends by the oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia's leading vineyards. Sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, rieslings and more while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging Virginia's new reputation for quality wines. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and the opportunity to purchase the wines you like and wine accessories from specialty vendors. 31st Street Park / 12 noon – 5pm / (757) 498-4215 / 800/822-3224

Boardwalk Astronomy

Where astronomers bring night skies closer to tourists along the boardwalk this summer! With astronomical equipment costing thousands of dollars, tourists are offered telescopic views of the heavens which include visible planets, craters on the moon, passing satellites and space stations, and many interesting stars. Telescopes of various designs are available to look through, including some that are specifically designed to safely observe features on the sun. Learn to identify constellations you knew were up there, but always wondered where. Learn about the very latest discoveries from a host of spacecraft and satellites as well as the Hubble Space telescope with the ViewSpace presentation that will be on display. Location: 24th Street Park / 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. This event is free to the public!

Annual Neptune Festival

Boardwalk Weekend

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Virginia Beach Neptune Festival invites hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate at the festival’s many offerings!  Daily concerts alfresco at festival stages are scattered along 32 blocks of the boardwalk and feature a variety of live music. Over 300 artisans will line the boardwalk for the Neptune Art and Craft Show, interspersed with a veritable smorgasbord of food vendors dishing out delectable delights guaranteed to please any palette. 



Craft Beer Festival

Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries are available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival at the 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Tickets include sampling and a commemorative glass. Live music sets the stage for the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best beer brewed! Craft beer is made using a traditional process of blending the sugars from malted grains (such as barley or wheat), with hop flowers and water. The skill of the Masterbrewer brings out the desired aroma, color, mouth feel, foam and flavor qualities of the hops and malt through formulation of recipes and the fermentation of sugars into alcohol, carbon dioxide gas and other characters. After careful aging at just the right temperatures the beer is packaged and delivered to the consumer. Held at 24th Street Park at the oceanfront.


Holidays at the Beach!

Virginia Beach has some exciting events coming up in the next few months.  From fishing tournaments... to concerts... to Christmas craft shows, parades, and holiday lights along the boardwalk, there are events to please both young and old alike!


McDonalds Holiday Lights at the Beach

Holiday Lights at the Beach Ticket Information

Come celebrate the holidays and cruise the boardwalk for over 30 blocks in your car while watching colorful fish, jumping dolphins, playful porpoises – all in bright lights against the clear night-time sky at McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  This nautical and holiday-themed light display is a local’s favorite at the Virginia Beach oceanfront!  The kids will love 4 blocks of fun displays (new last year) that includes "Jurassic Beach" with dinosaurs lit up for the holidays!  The Holiday Light Show is the only time of year cars get to drive right on the boardwalk.  Ticket info call (757) 491-7866.  

REMINDER:  The Sea Horse Carriage Company offers "Seaside Carriage Rides" along the boardwalk.  What a magical way to see the Christmas Holiday Lights at the oceanfront.  Imagine strolling along in an elegant horse-drawn carriage (Jingle Bells Included!).  For more info and reservations on the rides call (757) 971-6200.


Virginia Beach Christmas Craft Show

Virginia Beach Convention Center

The Virginia Beach Christmas Market features more than 300 fine crafters and artisans.  The Sunshine Artist Magazine voted this event one of the best 100 arts and crafts show in the USA since 1996.  Featuring fine arts, stained glass, wood, toys, photography, pottery, jewelry, thousands of Christmas collectibles and more.  This event contributes to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, offering 50 cents off admission with a donation of canned food.  Fri. & Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / $7 Adults / $2 Children / 6-12 & Children under 6 Free.  Visit www.emgshows.com


Townebank Holiday Parade at the Beach

Holiday Parade at the Beach 

Atlantic Avenue between 15th Street and 25th Street

Officially ushering in the holiday season in Virginia Beach, the TowneBank Holiday Parade at the Beach affords local businesses, schools, and organizations the opportunity to support the community and celebrate the season with thousands of parade-goers.  Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages!  And best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance to greet all his loyal fans as the evening winds down and many families take the opportunity to also visit the amazing Holiday Lights at the Beach! 


Hunt Club Farm's Winter Wonderland


Experience a magical children’s winter wonderland at Hunt Club Farm from Thanksgiving Weekend - December 31. Thousands of sparkling lights, live animal nativity, bonfires with marshmallow roasting, children’s maze, petting farm, apple cider, and hundreds of animated holiday figures that come to life for a fantastic journey through the farm's toy workshop. Also delight in handmade wreath demonstrations or pick your choice of Virginia-grown Christmas trees.  Admission is $6 per person.  Group rates for 20 or more people.  Children under 2 are free. (closed on Christmas Day).  


Christmas at the Founders Inn and Spa

Come celebrate the holiday season at the The Founders Inn.  Marvel at twinkling lights in the English Gardens, seasonal activities with local music and dance groups, kids' shows, carriage rides, dinner buffets, breakfast & brunch with Santa, afternoon tea by the fire, and a traditional Christmas Dinner. The holiday gaiety concludes with a New Years Eve dinner dance with champagne-toast at midnight. Call (800) 926-4466 for reservations or visit www.foundersinn.com  


Holiday Melody


Experience all the magic of the holiday season wrapped in a colorful, warm blanket of song and dance. Revive some memories and make some new ones in this joyous, spectacular musical extravaganza. Celebrate with the entire family.  8-10PM 


Ballet Virginia International


Sandler Center for the Arts

Ballet Virginia International is proud to present this Hampton Roads family tradition. This holiday classic, The Nutcracker, choreographed and directed by Janina Michalski Bove and Suzanne Lownsbury Long, both renowned for their work in Hampton Roads.  Guest artists from national companies will join Ballet Virginia International's Performing Company members as well as over 100 local children in this time honored holiday tradition.  As an added delight, 48 members of Symphonicity, the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach will accompany the ballet.  The combination of visual and musical artistry is certainto provide a moving experience to all.   Watch young Clara's dreamcome to life as her Toy Nutcracker saves her from the Evil Rat King and his minions. Witness Dr. Drosselmeyer's magical snow transform Clara and her beloved Nutcracker into a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. Join the royal couple as they travel to exotic and enchanted lands. Waltzing flowers, tiny mice and Mother Ginger's lively brood of acrobatic dancers will steal your hearts and put your entire family in a warm holiday mood.





Founders Inn and Spa

5641 Indian River Road


There is no shortage of fun at The Founders Inn and Spa hotel. Join us for an event. Or two. Or three!

Below is a list of events taking place at one of the hotel's event venues at The Founders Inn and Spa resort as well as in the local Virginia Beach area. 

Viewing events for 12/31/2015

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

From: 12.31.2015 To: 01.01.2016

Spend an evening with friends and family bringing in the new year.

An Elegant Buffet  Dinner * Dancing * A 5-hour Open Bar * Champagne Toast Countdown at Midnight * Live Performance by 10 Spot Band * Motown, Big Band and Modern Hits.

Package Includes:

Overnight accommodation, tickets to the New Year’s Eve

Masquerade Ball and New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch

from $375 per couple, sharing a standard guestroom.

— Pre-payment required. Tickets are non-refundable —

Toll Free Reservations: (800) 926-4466  / (800) 926-4466 

Hotel:(757) 424-5511 (757) 424-5511 

Local Reservations: (757) 366-5700  / (757) 366-5700

Fax: (757) 366-0613


Website: http://www.foundersinn.com/events/virginia-beach-hotel-events?year=2015&month=12&day=31&emonth=12&eday=31