The Virginia International PANfest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music! Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend. Co-produced with the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia International PANfest at its core is a steel drum band competition featuring over 20 high school, college, and community bands from throughout the United States. Friday evening’s highlight is a free concert in the 24th Street Park featuring a nationally-recognized musical headliner. On Saturday bands compete for ratings and the coveted Grand Champion Award. In the evening, steel drum headliners play on the main stage. All performances are held at 24th Street Park.