Summer is just around the corner, which means there’s no better time to warm up to some of Virginia Beach’s favorite long-standing events. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors or take in entertainment inside, there’s something for everyone to participate in this May.
Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
On the Beach between 16th & 18th Streets
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.
Virginia International PANFest
24th Street Stage at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Pull up a lawn chair and spend the day soaking in the sounds of steel drum music as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront becomes an island paradise during the Virginia International PANFest – part of the Virginia Arts Festival. Take in performances by Steel Sensation, Nature’s Child and the Jesse Chong Band, as well as a steel drum band competition featuring more than 20 high school, college and community bands from around the U.S. All performances are free and open to the public.
Monsters on the Beach
6th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Presented by Eastern Truck & Accessories, Pungo Offroad Monsters on the Beach brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, as monster trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! This annual event is the biggest monster truck show in the mid-Atlantic and takes place directly on the beach – making it a thrilling course for drivers and spectators alike. Tickets and special experiences are now available for purchase.
Beach Music Cruise-in
30th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Virgina Beach Hotel Association
Dance under the stars to tunes from the past during the annual Beach Music Cruise-In, featuring bands from all over the East Coast for a nostalgic salute to the good old days of hot tunes and cool times. The three-day concert series takes place on a stage directly on the beach at 30th Street, providing a fun and casual ambiance for a weekend-long of music, food and drinks. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday performances begin at noon and extend through the evening. Tickets are now available for purchase.
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.
APEX Dueling Pianos
Join APEX Entertainment for three hours of unforgettable fun and music during their long-awaited Dueling Pianos event, taking place on May 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets, which include food, are now available online ($45 per person or $250 for a table of six) and are expected to sell out quickly!
Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games
Zeider’s American Dream Theater
The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh! Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends. Free and open to the public.
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
May 6, 13, 20, & 27
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
May 6, 13, 20, & 27
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.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Tidewater Comicon returns to the Virginia Beach Convention Center with two days of vendors, artists, panels and contests for fans of all ages. Special celebrity guests, comic book creators and voice actors include Todd Webb, Tim Shinn, Fred Stresing, Tom Welling and many more. Tickets are now available at tidewatercomicon.com.
Get Well Soon Workshop: Drawing Meditation
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art