Treat Your Taste Buds and Celebrate Oktoberfest, Sandsculpting, Fashion and Halloween

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (Oct 2, 2014) Virginia Beach is ready to welcome fall with events celebrating the season. During October, the coastal city is hosting a restaurant week featuring fall flavors, two beer festivals, a fall fashion show and plenty of spooky Halloween fun!

OCEANFRONT RESORT AREA

Visitors have through the first week of October to see the incredible works of sculptors from around the world at Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship. This year’s top honors went to Jonathon Bourchard and Jacinthe Trudel of Canada for their piece titled “Feed,” which won first place in the Doubles category and David Enguerrand of Belgium, who received first place in the Solo Neptune’s Choice, People’s Choice and Sculptor’s Choice Solo categories for his sand sculpture of Queen Elizabeth I, titled “What Good Clothes You Wear.” Kick off your shoes and put your toes in the sand for the Virginia Beach Oktoberfest event boasting the best views of the oceanfront, the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival (Oct. 18-19). Sample more than 80 craft beers from over  50 breweries right on the beach at 30th Street, off the iconic three-mile boardwalk. Live music sets the stage for the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best beer brewed! Run for your life! The ghosts and ghouls will be out to play at the 2014 Anthem Wicked 10K and Monster Mile (Oct. 25). The 10K course takes runners along the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront and through a zombie zone past live thriller dancers before culminating in a post-race party on the beach. Complete with beer, cheese soup bread bowls from Baker’s Crust and live monster mash music from The Deloreans, this is one October event you won’t want to miss! PUNGO Join Virginia Beach’s first annual Green Flash Brewing Treasure Chest Fest (Oct. 12) benefitting Susan G. Komen Tidewater. The Green Flash-sponsored event will include sampling of their rare and limited edition brews such as Treasure Chest 2014, Ristretto Cosmic Black Loger, Green Bullet, Citra Session IPA and more. Other featured area breweries will include Beach Brewing Company, Back Bay Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Company, Port City Brewing Company and Smartmouth Brewing Company, with restaurants such as The Birch Bar, Dog Street Pub and Hearth & Peel providing the bites.

TOWN CENTER

Retailers at one of Virginia Beach’s top shopping destination, Town Center, will showcase their cool-weather clothes at Fall Fashion Show (Oct. 18). Free People, Anthropologie and Lululemon Athletica are just a few of the newest additions debuting their collections during the runway show held at the Town Center Fountain Plaza. Town Center’s Halloween Town & Treat (Oct. 25) will host frightfully fun activities for the whole family, including pumpkin-decorating, face-painters, caricaturists, balloon artists and trick-or-treating. Families that include kids of the four-legged kind can bring their pet for the Howl-oween Pet Costume Contest at 1:30 p.m. in Fountain Plaza, then bring the pooch to dinner on the patio at one of the many restaurants to crown "Town Center's Official Demonic Tonic" cocktail!

CITY-WIDE

Get deals on meals at more than  20 Virginia Beach restaurants participating in Dine in VB Week (Oct. 20-26), serving up fresh, seasonal eats during two-course lunches for $10 and three-course dinners at $25 or $35. Savor dishes created from locally-sourced ingredients, such as produce from Pungo, locally-caught tuna, wahoo and swordfish, as well as clams and oyster harvested just steps from the restaurants. To learn more about Virginia Beach’s year-round offerings or to request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH.