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May 2019 Events

2019 Salute to Summer=Salute to Summer
May 24 - 26, 2019
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach
24th Street Park, Virginia Beach
31st Street Park, Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public!

Salute to Summer is an unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the men and women of the military who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history.

The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 16th to 32nd Streets. Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by. Stroll the Virginia Beach boardwalk and enjoy these essays describing historical United States military conflicts. They help to remind us of the price that has been paid and is still being paid today by our United States military.

 


June 2019 Events

2019 Norfolk Harborfest43rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest
June 7 - 9, 2019
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Friday: Noon - 11pm (Parade of Sail - Noon)
Saturday, Noon - 11pm (Fireworks at 9:30pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm
Free & Open to the Public!

For three memorable days, the historic waterfront festival offers a weekend packed with thrilling activities on land and sea to include tall ships and the Parade of Sail, artisan foods and beverages, work boat races, unique and unusual performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and much more.

2019 Latin FestLatin Fest
June 21 - 22, 2019
Virginia Beach Oceanfront, on the beach at 24th Street
Free & Open to the Public!

National performers electrify the diverse audience with high-energy tunes that move the crowd to dance under the stars. Local and regional Latin acts take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz. Headline performances will take place on a giant stage built right on the beach at 24th Street.

 

2019 Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival30th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival
June 28 - 30, 2019
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Friday: Noon - 2pm (Free & Open to the Public) 2pm - 10pm (Ticketed)
Saturday, Noon - 10pm
Sunday Noon - 6pm
Purchase Tickets

The Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk’s annual love-fest with New Orleans’ vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.

From New Orleans to the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, two stages featuring national recording artists providing diverse cultural musical entertainment. This is the most authentic food and music festival in the nation.

2019 Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & RollSandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll
June 28 - 30, 2019
Virginia Beach Oceanfront, on the beach at 24th Street
Free & Open to the Public!

Sandstock, A Tribute to Rock & Roll, is a beach-inspired variation on “Woodstock. National and regional tribute artists cover songs from some of the greatest rockers in history.

 


July 2019 Events

2019 Stars & Stripes ExplosionStars & Stripes Explosion
Thursday, July 4, 2019
On the beach at 24th Street, Virginia Beach
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach
31st Street Park, Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public!

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on July 4!

2019 4th of July Great American Picnic37th Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 5pm to 10pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Free & Open to the Public!

Leave the grillng to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park.
Guests can buy traditional all American fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, lemonade... with all the fixin's and much more available for purchase!
Relax on the lawn and enjoy the live entertainment, then watch as the sky lights up with the fireworks display at 9:30 pm!

2019 Chalk the Walk ArtsplosionChalk the Walk ARTsplosion
Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 10am to 5pm
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Free & Open to the Public!

The Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019, as artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color! Artist registration will be on the boardwalk at 17th Street, and art will be on display between 15th and 17th Streets. At Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings for three blocks along the boardwalk.

 

2019 Norfolk Latino Music Festival19th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 5pm to 10pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Free & Open to the Public!

Eat, drink, and salsa the night away at the 19th Annual Norfolk Latino Festival! Live explosive music, Latin food, dance lessons, face painting, crafts, soccer, bi-lingual story time and more spice up Town Point Park Saturday, July 27, 2019 along the downtown Norfolk, VA waterfront!

As the sun goes down and the stars come out, the largest outdoor, waterfront dance floor in Hampton Roads heats up with the hottest salsa, meringue, and guaguanco dancing on the East Coast!

2019 Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert in the ParkVirginia Symphony Orchestra Concert in the Park
July 28, 2019 - 6pm to 10pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Free & Open to the Public!

Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra will appear in concert Sunday, July 28, 2019, at
7:30 pm for a free evening Downtown Norfolk Waterfront performance at Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert is the fourth concert, in a series of 5 annual summer concerts that feature national recording artists, all sponsored by the Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation.


August 2019 Events

Virginia Beach Funk FestVirginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party
August 23 - 24, 2019
On the Beach at 24th Street, Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public!

The Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party is the heart and soul of this weekend-long event, featuring music, great food, and arts and crafts on the beach, boardwalk, and park at 24th Street.

 

2019 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival37th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
August 23 - 24, 2019 - 5pm to 11pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Purchase Tickets

Hampton Roads' longest running outdoor Jazz Festival returns for two nights along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. On a warm summer evening, chill to the legendary sounds of top national Smooth Jazz and
R&B recording artists. This popular festival features a variety of seating and ticket options including the
New Journal and Guide VIP Club, reserved seating, designated tent areas, festival lawn seating, fine foods and beverages, plus a festival marketplace with crafts, retail items, and more.

2019 American Music Festival26th Annual American Music Festival
August 30 - September 1, 2019
5th Street Stage, Virginia Beach
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach
24th Street Park, Virginia Beach
31st Street Park, Virginia Beach
Bands & Ticket Prices will be announced soon.

The sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B, and more flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three sun-filled days over Labor Day Weekend at the Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival. One of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast, the Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on a gigantic stage erected on the beach at 5th Street, as well as stages in all the parks along the boardwalk. Just about every music genre is included, proving that there truly is “something for everyone.

 


September 2019 Events

Neptune Seniors GalaNeptune Senior Gala
September 4, 2019 - 7pm to 10pm
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Tickets will go on sale August 1st.
Tickets are $15/person, and reservations with payment must be made in advance.

Don’t settle for another night of bunco or bridge. Dust off those dancing shoes and head out for a night of big band sounds, delicious food, and of course, a visit from the King himself as you jitterbug your way through Neptune’s Senior Gala. Held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, your night out on the oceanfront will feature live music playing your jukebox all night long. A night of Big Band orchestral sounds by Glen Boswick and the Sound of Swing makes this evening for area seniors a must. Join King Neptune and the entire Royal Court for an evening of jitterbugging and waltzing the night away.

 

2019 Opera in the Park11th Annual Opera in the Park
September 7, 2019 - 6pm to 10pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Free & Open to the Public!

Enjoy Opera’s favorite Arias and Broadway melodies under the stars! Bring the entire family! Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and listen to beautiful music in a relaxing waterfront setting. Stroll through the Artist’s Market where you can browse and purchase paintings, jewelry, hand-crafted items and more! Food and adult beverages will be available for sale.

 

Neptune's Surfing ClassicNeptune's Surfing Classic
September 7 - 8, 2019 - 7:30am to 5pm
On the Beach (1st to 10th Street), Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Both old and young surfers take to the ocean in this classic surfing showdown . With prizes to be won, make your mark in the surf of Neptune Festival month.

This event is produced in conjuction with the Eastern Surfing Association, pre-registration is required to participate. The surfing contest will start at 7:30AM, between 1st and 8th Street at the Oceanfront, based on the swell and the break.

Register online or registration forms can be picked up and turned into Wave Riding Vehicles, Coastal Edge Surf Shop, 17th Street Surf Shop and Pungo Board House.

2019 Opera in the ParkNorfolk In-Water Boat Show
September 13 - 15, 2019
Waterside Marina, Waterside District, 333 Waterside Drive
Friday: Noon to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Purchase Tickets

The 2019 Norfolk In-Water Boat Show, which is the only major in-water boat show in the Hampton Roads region, will feature a wide variety of new and used power boats on land and in-water from dealers across
the state and surrounding regions with the newest and best in luxury motor yachts, sport fish, and personal watercraft.



October 2019 Events

2019 Virginia Children's Festival31st Annual Virginia Children's Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10am to 3pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Purchase Tickets

Hampton Roads’ most exciting family festival is filled with more than 100 fun, creative and interactive activities that include storytelling, hands-on workshops, educational displays, cultural experiences, arts and crafts, military demonstrations, costumed characters and more! This event is designed with children 10 and younger in mind.

2019 American Music FestivalVirginia Beach Craft Beer Festival
October 19 - 20, 2019 - 1pm to 6pm each day
31st Street Park, Virginia Beach
Tickets not on sale yet.

Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival. Tickets include unlimited sampling, a commemorative cup, and live entertainment. This is a rain or shine event; refunds not available.

 

2019 Fall Wine Festivall32nd Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival
October 19 - 20, 2019 - 11am to 6pm
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Purchase Tickets

Experience Hampton Roads’ most anticipated Wine Festival of the fall season along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! This year’s fall favorite will showcase more than 30 wineries with over 200 of the Commonwealth’s finest wine varieties.

Festival guests can enjoy the company of friends and family along the Elizabeth River for a weekend-long harvest of Virginia wineries in Town Point Park. Budding sommeliers and everyday enthusiasts can sample and purchase premier wine vintages and enjoy live musical performances, along with gourmet foods and specialty wares


November 2019 Events

Holiday Lights Merry MileBayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile
November 22 - December 31, 2019
5:30pm to 10:00pm Sunday - Thursday
5:30pm to 11:00pm Friday - Saturday
2nd Street & the Boardwalk, Virginia Beach
Tickets not on sale yet.

The lights will be turning on once again at the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile, bringing joy and wonder to Hampton Roads this holiday season! From November 22 through December 31, take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk. Festive fish, musical crabs, and hard-working elves – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of The BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile. They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.Admission prices will be announced in the Fall.


December 2019


Recurring 2019 Events

2019 Family Great Adventure SeriesFamily Great Adventure Series
Every Thursday from July 11 - August 22, 2019 - 6pm to 8:30pm
On the Beach (20th to 30th Street), Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public!

The wildly-popular Family Great Adventure Series is all about Discovery and Entertainment at the Virginia Beach oceanfront! On select nights during the season, families can take part in an interactive adventure that leads them to various sites along the boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue to unravel a mystery. Sometimes the adventures involve games and contests right on the beach. During each adventure, participants can dress up as characters, use brain and brawn to win the contest at hand, and settle into the sand for a family-friendly movie shown on a giant inflatable screen on the beach!

 

2019 Symphony By The Sea Concert SeriesSymphony By The Sea Concert Series
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9pm
On the Beach (20th to 30th Street), Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public!

The Symphony by the Sea Series is back for another year of music by the ocean… and it is better than ever!