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”.
A co-produced event between the Virginia Arts Festival and BeachEvents, the PANorama Caribbean Music Festival at its core is a steel drum band competition featuring over 20 high school, college, and community bands from throughout the United States. Bands attend workshops on Friday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. On Saturday, the action moves to the 24th Street Park, where bands compete for ratings and the coveted Grand Champion Award. In the evenings steel drum headliners play on the main stage. All performances are free to the public