Summer is well underway, and Virginia Beach’s family-friendly fun is in full swing! July is a perfect time to warm up to some of our coastal destination’s best events, attractions and dining while celebrating some of July’s most festive holidays.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS
Virginia Beach dazzles in red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day with several family-friendly celebrations on July 4. Our city’s star-spangled salute will feature live music and events city-wide, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show, of course!
Stars & Stripes Celebration
17th Street Park & 24th Street Stage
Join Live! On Atlantic for the summer’s biggest display of live music, fireworks and more. Enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment both at 17th Street Park and the 24th Street Stage. Musical performances begin at 7 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public. Beach chairs, blankets, small coolers and outside food and drink are allowed; for more details and rules, visit the event website.
July 4th Celebration
Celebrate all things red, white and blue at Mount Trashmore Park during the City of Virginia Beach’s annual July 4th Celebration. Enjoy live music by Vinyl Headlights beginning at 8 p.m. and fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and limited onsite parking is available for $10. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Festivities are in the air all month long, with plenty of outdoor fun to be had along our coast!
Oceanfront Concert Series
On the Beach at 17th, 24th & 31st Street Parks
July 12, 19, & 26
Pick your beach, pick your entertainment! National recording artists take to Virginia Beach’s oceanfront park stages with weekly musical performances by the shore during the Oceanfront Concert Series, now through August. Bring your beach chair or your beach blanket for an unforgettable evening saluting all things music. The free performances begin at 7 p.m.
Beach Blanket Movie Series
On the Beach at 29th Street
July 6, 13, 18-22, & 27
Claim your spot on the beach, set up a comfy blanket or beach chair and take in a family-friendly movie under the summer sky during the weekly Beach Blanket Movie Series, taking place each Thursday. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a schedule of movies, visit the event website.
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.
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
July 5, 12, 19, & 26
Head to the Virginia Beach Town Center for the fourteenth season of one of summer’s most beloved event series to enjoy FREE live musical performances. Every week for fourteen weeks, local bands showcase a variety of genres – from pop and country to Motown and rock – at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts outdoor plaza. Local food and beverages are also available for purchase.
Summer Fest at Town Center
Town Center Fountain Plaza
July 1 - September 5
The Fountain Plaza will come alive with performances from local artists and specialty guest acts. All concert series are free and open to the public. Enjoy live music on the plaza each night from 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Standup Comedy Shows
Funny Bone Comedy Club
Various June Dates
Get ready to laugh… and laugh and laugh, thanks to The Funny Bone Comedy Club’s fantastic July lineup, including comedians Shuler King, Desi Banks, Matt Rife, and so many others! Dates and ticket prices vary; visit the venue website for details.
OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT THE VIRGINIA BEACH AMPHITHEATER
Summer brings with it a plethora of concerts at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach. This month, enjoy live performances from some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, either on the lawn or tucked under the comfort of the fixed-seat canopy area. Ticket prices and available seating vary; visit the venue’s website for details.
July Concert Lineup
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
- July 1: Eric Church
- July 7: Tears for Fears
- July 8: Big Time Rush: Can’t Get Enough Tour
- July 14: Chris Stapleton
- July 21: Godsmack and Staind
- July 22: Fall Out Boy
- July 26: Matchbox Twenty
- July 28: Counting Crows
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
July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
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
July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
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 discover a lot of family-friendly fun along the way.
The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
July 1 & 15
The country’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now in Virginia Beach 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.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
July 7-December 31, 2023
Collections can bring pleasure, satisfy curiosity, represent identity, mark moments in time, and create a legacy. There are as many reasons to create collections as there are people who have them. Museums like Virginia MOCA have a special connection to art collectors. We love people who love art and support creative culture. Purchasing artwork preserves our knowledge and values. It forms an exchange of ideas that stretch across the world into our most intimate spaces.