This Month, PBS’s Antique Roadshow Checks-In, Art Brings the Pages of Hi-Fructose to Life, Vintage Flying Proms Take Flight, Sand Soccer Championships Hit the Sand, Artwork Displays Line the Atlantic Ocean and Much More
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 18, 2016) – Kick off summer and quench your thirst for easy living with seasonal festivals and events to refresh your spirit. June brings some amazingly diverse and exciting events to Virginia Beach’s three beaches. From the filming of the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow” and a weekend-long celebration in the sand for our military and vintage aircrafts maneuvering through the sky to artwork coming to life from the pages of a magazine. The unique, inspirational and mind-blowing fun will continue all month long. Visitors should expect a lively and entertaining selection of events!
SPORTS BY THE SHORE
Stop by the 2016 North American Sand Soccer Championships (June 10-12), taking place between 14th and 36th streets at the Resort Beach, to see 10,000 talented players from 20 states and 7 countries compete during this renowned and free-to-watch oceanfront festival. The highlight of NASSC weekend is the international men’s U.S. Open, during which ten highly skilled teams battle for the title of U.S. National Champion.
Set the cruise control and head to Virginia Beach to get your classic car fix during the Springfest 6 Car Show (June 5) at the Convention Center. Browse the rare car showcases, including the East Coast Rotary Classic; watch the RC Drift competition, check out Mobile AWD Dyno or simply enjoy the event’s live music, food, raffles and giveaways.
The Military Aviation Museum, near Sandbridge Beach, will once again host its annual Flying Proms air show (June 11). Visitors can see the beauty of vintage WWI and WWII aircrafts flying maneuvers accompanied by live music courtesy of the Symphonicity orchestra. Evening festivities will include movie viewings starring the museum’s rare aircraft, a choreographed patriotic air show and a spectacular fireworks display finale!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Hosted by the USO, the Patriotic Festival (June 3-5) is a weekend-long celebration honoring the Armed Forces and their families. This red, white and blue event includes air shows, military demonstrations and free concerts in the sand. This year, dance along to live performances by Chris Young, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Sam Hunt, Canaan Smith and more. Don’t miss the Military Expo Village’s demonstrations and displays such as the Navy dive tank, military vehicle displays, memorial challenge and more.
Later in the month, hit the annual Boardwalk Art Show (June 16-19) as it celebrates its 61st anniversary and peruse blocks of fine art, great food and live entertainment. The prestigious event is sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) with vetted artwork displayed along the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. To get the VIP experience, opt for tickets to the Boardwalk Beach Club, an 80-foot tented space along the boardwalk offering valet parking, an open bar, lunch service and beautiful ocean views.
This year, MOCA will also host “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” a 10-year retrospective of the notable contemporary art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This one-of-a-kind exhibition (May 22 - Dec. 31) brings a unique opportunity to Virginia Beach, by bringing the pages of the magazine to life for the first time, with a broad spectrum of artwork from over 51 artists, including Olek, Beth Cavener, Greg Simkins, Brian McCarty, Wayne White and many more.
The Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) Antiques Roadshow will make a stop at the Convention Center on their 2016 Tour (June 25)! Virginia Beach was chosen as one of six iconic cities for the show’s search in finding the next generation of America’s hidden treasures. Tickets are required for attendance and will not be sold at the door.
Enjoy music, ranging from rock to blues to Motown, delicious food and local artists’ crafts at the seventh annual summer nights at Town Center concert series. This local favorite, Ynot Wednesday, takes place every Wednesday night until Aug. 31 on the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza. The Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market will have local farmers with their fresh fruits, vegetables and other homegrown items on the plaza. Check out the work of Virginia Beach local artists who will set up their handmade/handcrafted items inside the Sandler Center lobby.
The Resort Beach sidewalks transform into a stage during Beach Street USA (May 30 - Sept. 5), when musicians and novelty acts perform along Atlantic Avenue during the summer and fall months. From 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., an eight-block corridor will transform into a magical world of its own that is part-circus, part-outdoor music festival and a complete family-friendly zone. Performers from all over the U.S. and Canada visit Virginia Beach each year for the opportunity to entertain visitors during this month-long event!
Dolphin Discoveries Sea Adventures and Rudee Flipper (Mar. 19 - Oct. 31) offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of our marine environment. Cruise the coastline in search of playful bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife, as you take in beautiful views and gorgeous sunsets. Aquatic wildlife specialists will explain the incredible dolphin behaviors and share what is being done to conserve and protect the species and its habitat. Brown pelicans, bald eagles and sea turtles are also frequently sighted along the way, so keep your eyes peeled for an unforgettable experience!
Come stay with us this summer or begin planning your adventure for later in the year! To learn more about Virginia Beach, plan a stay or request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH or going to www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.