This Month, Sip She Crab Soup, Fly a Kite, Sip on Aviation History, Visit an Oyster Garden and Much More

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 8, 2016) – Save the spring cleaning for another month. Instead, pack up your duffle bag and head to Virginia Beach for springtime events spanning all three beaches. This April, flowers are blooming, dolphins are looming and visitors are swooning. Enjoy a month full of delicious seafood, art festivals, kite competitions and flourishing gardens.


Things are beginning to get crabby, as a friendly competition among local restaurants hits the Resort Beach (Apr. 9) during the annual East Coast She Crab Soup Classic. She Crab Soup is one of the region’s staples and has landed on almost every seafood-centric menu throughout Virginia Beach. Restaurants will serve their individual recipes and compete for the People’s Choice Award, which is determined by the ballots of those attending, and the Critics’ Choice Award, which is determined by a panel of four regional cuisine experts. Be sure to attend this event with an empty stomach!


This year, the Virginia Arts Festival (Apr. 9 - May 26) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of bringing world-class performing arts to the beach. To kick off the event, the festival presents the Spring for Dance Gala, gathering dancers from around the world. From Peking acrobats to the International PANFest, it’s sure to be an exciting month full of exquisite performances.

Later in the month, raise a kite high in the sky during the 12th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival (April 30) at the Resort Beach. Visitors and locals alike can participate in this fun competition with the chance to win Best Looking Kite and Longest Flight. The festival features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and levels of kite aficionados. Awards will also be given for oldest and youngest kite fliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite and biggest kite.


Savor the flavors of regional wines, the romance of historic aeroplanes in flight and the elegance of antique automobiles during the second-annual Aerodome Wine Classic (Apr. 16) at the Military Aviation Museum. Regional vineyards will be on-site pouring tastings, and a collection of classic automobiles will be on display from local enthusiasts. Of course, visitors will also have the rare treat of seeing WWI aircraft in flight during the afternoon of the event.


Each spring, Virginia Beach boasts beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during America’s Largest Open House, Historic Garden Week (Apr. 27). It gives visitors a unique opportunity to see blooming gardens at the peak of springtime color, as well as houses sparkling with more than 2,000 flower arrangements. Tour five private homes and gardens at the Resort Beach, a garden, as well as the new Brock Environmental Center, Virginia’s greenest building and home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Visitors will also get the chance to visit an oyster garden, a bird-watching tour and access to six historic properties.

Plan a stay with us this spring or 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