Spring has officially bloomed, which means there are a variety of colorful, family-friendly events to enjoy along Virginia Beach’s coast, including some of our favorite local traditions!
VIRGINIA BEACH SPRINGTIME TRADITIONS
Easter Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt
APEX Entertainment at the Virginia Beach Town Center
Grab the whole family and head to one of Town Center’s newest venues to enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself! But that’s not all – guests will also get their special Easter photo taken before diving into a colorful Easter Egg Hunt. The gathering begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are required and available online for purchase.
Commemoration of the First Landing
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Commemorate the English settlers’ first landing on our shores (on April 26, 1607, to be exact) with a climb to the top of the original Cape Henry Lighthouse. Commissioned by President George Washington in 1792, the lighthouse offers sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean as you walk in the footsteps of history.
East Coast She-Crab Classic
24th Street Park at the Oceanfront
The art of one of our favorite local flavors is on display at the East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic, taking place in the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Sample the region’s delicacy as restaurants compete for the coveted Critic’s and People’s Choice Awards in this classic outdoor tasting event in the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
On the Beach between 16th & 18th Streets
April 30 - May 1
Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a colorful visual feast at the beloved Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. Enjoy activities for all ages and all levels of kite enthusiasm – from kite-building workshops and kite-flying demonstrations to kite vendor booths and even a daily “Best Kite Contest.” This popular event is free and open to the public.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT TOWN CENTER
Live entertainment continues to be the star of the show at the Virginia Beach Town Center, with a month-long schedule of live performances that’ll have you singing, laughing and dancing along.
Out of the Box Emerging Artists Series
Miller Studio Theatre
April 7 & 14
Back for its ninth season, the Out of the Box Emerging Artists Series is a free (yes, free!) event highlighting a carefully curated list of local artists. Performances take place at the Miller Studio Theatre, in collaboration with 89.5-WHRV’s Paul Shugrue and presented by Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Doors for the standing room only events open at 6 p.m., with performances starting at 7 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Performances are as follows:
- April 7: ETC3
- April 14: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
The Price Is Right Live™
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Come on down to the Virginia Beach Town Center to participate in classic games just like on TV’S longest-running and most popular game show – including a chance to win cash and prizes – during The Price Is Right Live™! The interactive, non-televised stage show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are now available.
Spring is now officially in the air! Get the best of the season’s bounty with a visit to one of our beloved farmers’ markets.
Old Beach Farmers Market
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro Parking Lot
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
The market returns to its weekly schedule! For the ultimate VB experience, head to the ViBe Creative District to browse and shop at the Old Beach Farmers Market, showcasing seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, artisan breads, savory foods from local chefs, soaps, flowers and more.
Shore Drive Farmers Market
Lynnhaven Coffee Company
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Grab a coffee from Lynnhaven Coffee Company and shop among the locals as you browse a variety of products from area farms, artisans, bakers, seafood producers and more every Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Shore Drive Farmers Market. Vendors include Full Quiver Farms, B&H Produce, Veg Out Gardens, Gateaux Bakery and many, many more.
Head indoors to escape the cooler temps and discover a lot of fun along the way to be shared with family and friends.
The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
April 2 & 23
The country’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now in Virginia Beach and taking place at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show will have you solving a hilarious crime, while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight. The fun, social and interactive evening is suitable for adults. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online.
Maya Lin: Ways of Water Exhibit
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
April 21 - September 4
Join the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art as it opens its breathtaking and inspiring installation of Maya Lin’s thought-provoking works, including never-before-exhibited sculptures and prints. “Ways of Water” focuses on an environmental concern specific to our region, asking visitors to reconsider their relationship with nature at a critical moment. A wide array of public programs will also complement the solo exhibit.