With perfect weather, stunning views, and rockin’ events all month long, September is one of the best months to visit Virginia Beach. From wine tasting to marathons, parades and more, there are so many lively and entertaining events happening this month. Book your visit now for an escape filled with good times and autumn vibes.
August 31- September 2
Oceanfront, 5th Street Stage
Kicking off the Labor Day Weekend with a bang, the Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival, Presented by Cruzan Rum, will be setting the stage with a stage of their own on the sand at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B, and more will flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three sun-filled days at one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast. The festival brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on the massive stage constructed on the beach at 5th Street, as well as stages in all of the parks along the boardwalk. Featuring well-known artists like ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley, and SOJA, the stages will come alive with music from our past and present.
September 1 - 2
Oceanfront, Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Being the very first half-marathon-only race, the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll has helped to position 13.1 miles as the hugely popular race distance that it is today. Held each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival, half marathon runners are treated to miles of music along the course and a grand finish on the oceanfront Boardwalk, in addition to the 3-day concert series. If 13.1 miles seems like a little too much distance, participants can also opt for the 5K race or Virginia Beach Mile on the Sand and still cross the finish line to party it up with the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.
September 15 - 16
Neptune Park, 31st Street & Atlantic Avenue
Visitors can enjoy an afternoon hosted by Virginia’s leading vineyards at the Neptune Fall Wine Festival. Sip chardonnays, merlots, Rieslings and more, while meeting and greeting the grape heads behind Virginia’s quality wine reputation. Settle down for the evening enjoying delicious cuisine and live entertainment on the boardwalk. Cheers!
September 22, 12 PM - 6 PM
Hunt Club Farm
Join local brewers, Wasserhund Brewing, for the 3rd Annual Wasserhund Oktoberfest, the biggest German beer festival in Coastal Virginia, at Hunt Club Farm. Featuring over 30 local and regional breweries, traditional German food, live music, and a fun, festival atmosphere, this one of the best ways to kick off the fall season. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Noblemen to support local charities, some come out and grab a pint for a good cause!
September 28 -30
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, featuring the Art & Craft Show, is the feature event of the annual month-long Neptune Festival series. The Art & Craft Show, recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as #3 of the Top 200 Fine Art & Design Shows in the US in 2018, lines Virginia Beach’s three-mile boardwalk with the handmade work of 270 artisans from across the country. The weekend officially sends the summer season out with daily concerts along 32 blocks of the Oceanfront, a Grand Parade, 8k race and more. This year will feature national recording artists Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket, among several others.
September 28 - October 1
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Mythical dragons, mermaids and pirates emerge from the sand at the International Sand Sculpting Championship, where sculptors from around the world come together to compete for the Neptune Championship – one of the most distinctive events of its kind in the world! With 32 of the world’s most talented sculptors, representing 11 different countries, you’ll be blown away by the masterpieces they can create in just 3 days!
Cover Image: @neptunefestival, Instagram