August Brings Music, Outdoor Adventure and More to Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Aug 4, 2014) – The fall months are nearly here, but Virginia Beach is hosting a number of festivities that provide travelers with the chance to savor one last taste of summer. This August, visitors can challenge themselves with a mystery-solving adventure, bring home a piece of the past or dance the night away – all within the month of August to the beachside city.


Pick Your Poison: Lifesaving Studs, Adventure or Antiques?

Watch the studs storm the beach at the 2014 Nautica USLA National Lifeguard Championships (Aug. 6-9). The four-day event will host 1,200 lifeguards and junior lifeguards from around the country, as they compete in obstacle and fitness challenges, while raising awareness for water safety. Kids can postpone their back-to-school blues while playing the role of Nancy Drew during the Family Great Adventure Series (Aug. 7-27), where families can get into character, follow clues and complete challenges, using “brain and brawn” to unravel a mystery. Each evening of adventure culminates in a movie in the sand, determined by the theme for that day’s mystery. If you prefer more treasure than adventure, then join the hunt for great finds at the Virginia Beach Antiques Show (Aug. 8-10) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Just $7 admits visitors to three days of browsing the extensive collections of fine period furniture, fine art, Oriental and Persian rugs, Americana, primitives, books and more at one of the oldest and most respected antique shows in the country.

Get Ready to Get Down

Virginia Beach shows that it’s always ready to turn up the funk during the free FunkFest Festival (Aug. 22-23), held at the 24th Street Stage. Join a dance contest and move to the sounds of funk legends like James Brown, George Clinton, the Family Stone and more. For travelers whose musical tastes are more mainstream, Labor Day weekend offers the sounds of rock, jazz, country and R&B during the American Music Festival (Aug. 29-31), one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast. The event brings together national, regional and local bands to perform at stages and parks all along the boardwalk, ensuring there is a song to match every mood. That same weekend, runners can hit the pavement to the beat of the music during the Rock & Roll Half Marathon (Aug. 29-31), the “World’s Largest Running Series,” with more than 500,000 people taking part in 26 North American cities each year.


Town Fair at Town Center

Virginia Beach’s eclectic downtown and shopping hub, Town Center, continues its Town Fair series (Aug. 15), offering a lively atmosphere with locally handmade art, jewelry, goods and fair-trade merchandise on the third Friday of each month through September at the Fountain Plaza. 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.