The peak season, or high season, for Virginia Beach is late May to early September. Should you avoid the coastal city during this time? Absolutely not, peak season is when Virginia Beach weather is best, and the area is bustling with activity. It’s Memorial Day through Labor Day, and the events are plentiful. Detailed preparation is advised, but don’t shy away from the resort town. Here are some major annual events that you can enjoy during high season in Virginia Beach.
Boardwalk Art Show
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s Boardwalk Art Show is one of the most popular events in Virginia Beach. Held on Father’s Day weekend every year, it attracts over 350,000 people to the world-famous Virginia Beach boardwalk. Sunshine Artist magazine ranked the art show third out of 200 art shows nationwide in the Fine Art and Design Show category. The sales reach an estimated $2 million as tourists and art connoisseurs flock to the show searching for one-of-a-kind works.
East Coast Surfing Championship
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Hundreds of surfers compete in the East Coast Surfing Championship each year in late August. The oldest surfing contest in North America, this Virginia Beach event awards titles and prizes to surfing lovers of all skill sets. Over the last 50 years, the event has evolved into competitions featuring volleyball, street skating, skateboarding, swimsuit models, freestyle motocross, a boardwalk 5K run, and more. This championship is very popular with tweens, teens, and millennials. Live entertainment brings the multi-faceted festival and its diverse crowds together.
American Music Festival
Imagine listening to live jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, country, and blues all on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. For the entire Labor Day weekend, that’s what your ears will hear at the American Music Festival. The largest outdoor music event on the East Coast calls upon local and national acts to play on an enormous stage. You’ll find it on the beach at Fifth Street. Along the remainder of the oceanfront are many other stages featuring more acts. Thousands of music lovers attend for the tunes, food, drinks, and excitement.
Beach Music Cruise-In
The annual Beach Music Cruise-In, also called Beach Music Weekend, has been going on since 1995. It’s a combination of bands playing music on the beach and vintage cars showcased on the boardwalk. Held on a weekend in late May, the event is a tribute to the “good old days” of classic cars. You’ll see hot rods, street machines, and pickup trucks of yesteryear. This event presents three days of free live music and large crowds. Book your stay at one of the oceanfront hotels well in advance of peak season, as thousands of out-of-town car enthusiasts show up with their restored vehicles.
These extravaganzas are just some of the high-season festivals and shows that grace Virginia Beach. Every June, the Patriotic Festival honors U.S. military men and women. The Pungo Strawberry Festival is held during Memorial Day Weekend. From sports to music and everything in between, you will not be disappointed.