Summer is underway, meaning family-friendly fun in Virginia Beach is in full swing. July is the perfect time to warm up to some of the best experiences in this vibrant coastal destination. From dazzling Fourth of July fireworks and groovy outdoor music festivals to farmers markets and immersive art exhibits, Virginia Beach has all the summer vibes you need for an unforgettable July. 

July 2024


Fourth of July Celebrations

Virginia Beach dazzles in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day. This weekend, celebrate the Fourth of July with a variety of city-wide, family-friendly events featuring thrilling fireworks displays and live music.

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July 4th Stars & Stripes Celebration

Grab your beach blanket and join the popular July 4th Stars & Stripes Celebration for the summer’s biggest display of live music, fireworks and family-friendly entertainment on multiple Oceanfront stages at 17th, 24th  and 31st streets. Musical performances begin at 8 p.m. and fireworks launch at 9:30 p.m. at 24th Street and the Boardwalk. All performances are free and open to the public.

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July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore

Celebrate the holiday at Mount Trashmore Park during the annual July 4th Celebration by the City of Virginia Beach. Enjoy live music by Symphonicity with guest artist Brasswind at 8 p.m. and fireworks 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.


Outdoor Festivities

Festivities are in the air all month long, and there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had along the coast. From music to movies, enjoy a choice of entertainment under the stars in Virginia Beach.

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Oceanfront Concert Series

Pack up for the beach to enjoy free musical performances under the stars. National recording artists take to Oceanfront stages with weekly musical performances during the Oceanfront Concert Series from June through September. July performances include Flipturn with The Moss (July 10); St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Big Forest Fire (July 17), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (July 24) and Jefferson Starship with Optimistic Cynics (July 31). Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are held at 17th Street and 24th Street parks along the Boardwalk.


Outdoor Concerts at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Summer also brings a plethora of concerts at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach.  Enjoy live performances from some of the world’s most renowned recording artists this month, either on the lawn or tucked under a fixed-seat canopy area. July’s concert lineup includes Barbie: The Movie – In Concert (July 8), Sam Hunt, Russel Dickerson & George Birge (July 13), Third Eye Blind, Yellowcard & Arizona (July 20), Xscape, SWV, Mya, 702 & Total (July 21), Slightly Stoopid & Dirty Heads (July 25), Jason Aldean (July 26) and Creed, 3 Doors Down & Finger Eleven (July 27).

Virginia Beach Sandstock Tribute to Rock & Roll

Totally Tribute Music Fest

Get your music fix with this entertaining lineup of tribute bands across all musical genres during the free three-night Totally Tribute Music Fest July 5-7, 2024, at 17th and 24th Street Parks. Enjoy the ocean as your backdrop and listen to favorite songs from performers, including Midnight Train (Taylor Swift tribute), Last Fair Deal (Grateful Dead tribute), Subliminal Doubt (No Doubt tribute), Almost Gone (Blink-182 and Green Day tributes), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne tribute) and Möstly Crüe (Mötley Crüe tribute.)

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Symphony by the Sea Concert Series

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival presents the 13th season of its free Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, held on Thursdays at 31st Street Park on the Oceanfront. Its six summer concerts, including those on July 11 and 25, will feature the renowned Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Symphonicity Orchestra, each presenting a different concert theme. Arrive early to ensure seating. VIP members get reserved seating and other benefits.


Beach Blanket Cinema

Claim your spot on the beach, set up a comfy blanket or beach chair and take in a movie during the free, family-friendly Beach Blanket Movie Series. A special Beach Blanket Movie Festival, July 16-20, will feature a complete Jurassic Experience, showing movies such as Dinosaur, Jurassic Park, The Land Before Time, The Good Dinosaur and Jurassic World.

The movie series takes place every Thursday on the beach at 29th Street, with movies beginning at 8:30 p.m. Visit the event website for the full family-friendly lineup, including July’s showings of Wonka and Elf.


Live Entertainment at Town Center

Live entertainment continues to be the star of the show at Town Center, with a month-long schedule of performances that will have you singing, laughing and dancing along.

YNot Wednesday at Virginia Beach Town Center

Ynot Wednesdays

Head to Town Center for the 16th season of one of summer’s most beloved event series. Held weekly from 5 - 9 p.m., Ynot Wednesdays is free and features local bands performing 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 drinks will be available for purchase, and kiddos can make crafts at The Kids Craft Corner in the center's Miller Studio.

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Summer Fest at Town Center

The Town Center Fountain Plaza will come alive for Summer Fest 2024 with live musical performances from local artists and special guests. All concerts are free, open to the public and held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. or 5 - 9 p.m. Enjoy live music on the plaza each night, along with local food and drink, weather permitting. Check the site for specific performance start times.

The Funny Bone

Standup Comedy Shows

Get ready to laugh the night away during the fantastic July lineup at The Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant. Popular comedians this month include Zainab Johnson (July 12-13) and Orlando Jones (July 26-27,) with a special Comedy Smackdown Roast Battle (July 28) to round out the month.


Farmers Markets

Peruse the best of the season’s bounty with a visit to one of these beloved local farmers’ markets. 

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Old Beach Farmers Market

For the ultimate Virginia Beach experience, head to the eclectic ViBe Creative District to browse and get your shop on at the Old Beach Farmers Market. Held in the parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (July 6, 13, 20, and 27,) the market showcases seasonal produce, baked goods, artisan bread, sustainable jewelry, hand-poured candles, fresh flowers and much more.

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Shore Drive Farmers Market

The Shore Drive Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon (July 6, 13, 20 and 27). Grab a coffee from the favorite Lynnhaven Coffee Company and browse a variety of products from local farms, artisans, bakers, seafood producers and more.


Indoor Exploration

There’s plenty to discover indoors in Virginia Beach, including unique entertainment and world-class museums.

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The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show

One of the country’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner shows, The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront (July 6 and July 20) will have you solving a hilarious crime while you feast on a multi-course dinner. Be aware that the culprit is hiding in plain sight! This fun, social and interactive evening is suitable for adults.

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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art 

Take time to explore the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) this month, as new awe-inspiring exhibits will open to the public on July 12 following an exhibition changeover. Exhibitions openings include Made in VA Biennial, featuring pieces made only in Virginia, Nikki Leone: Rule Breaker and Heather Beardsley: Tell the Bees.

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Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience

Transport yourself to another world with the inspirational Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience, exhibiting in Virginia Beach from July 5 through September 5. Held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Wednesday through Sunday each week, the interactive exhibit features more than 400 works of art by Impressionist master Claude Monet that are brought to life and enhanced with music and sound effects during this unique immersive art experience.