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The project logo Planning Events and Entertainment for 2021

The project logo Planning Events and Entertainment for 2021

Planning for the 2021 entertainment events and activities is under way and we are considering changes that would freshen up the lineup and introduce new options for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Some of the events will be returning fan favorites, some are being updated and others are new to our community. While many will be free, some will require a paid admission just as they do now. Your input will help guide planning efforts. 

A few things to keep in mind: 

  • These events take place in the city's oceanfront area.

  • The goal is to offer a mix of options.

  • These events and activities are funded, in full or in part, through the Tourism Investment Program, which is made up mostly of tourism-related taxes and fees like hotel taxes, portions of the restaurant taxes and rental fees. 

The survey will be open for input through Friday, December 4, 2020. 

Thank you for your help. 

 

Returning Events

These events are fan favorites we're planning to bring back for 2021. How do you rate them? 

East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic features local restaurants serving up their special recipes. They compete, you eat and vote for the best of the best. April.
East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic features local restaurants serving up their special recipes. They compete you eat and vote for the best of the best. April.
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Live! On Atlantic in the Parks will feature the hottest local bands, magic shows, a circus, classical music AND interactive family entertainment in oceanfront parks. May-September. Free.
Live on Atlantic - Parks
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Virginia International PANfest features world-class performers playing Caribbean music. May. Free evening concerts.
Virginia International PANfest features world-class performers playing Caribbean music. May. Free evening concerts.
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Atlantic Kite Fest will be high-flying fun as kite fliers take to the skies along the beach. There will be kites for sale and kite-building workshops. May.
Atlantic Kite Fest will be high-flying fun as kite fliers take to the skies along the beach. There will be kites for sale and kite-building workshops. May.
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Family Bike Nights invite kids and adults to ride together on paths along Atlantic Ave. and the oceanfront bike path. Decorate your ride or come as you are. April, Oct. and Nov. Free.
Family Bike Nights invite kids and adults to ride together on paths along Atlantic Ave. and the oceanfront bike path. Decorate your ride or come as you are. April Oct. and Nov. Free.
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Monsters on the Beach brings nationally recognized monster trucks to the beach to battle for ultimate sand domination. Weekend also includes unique vendors and monster truck rides. May.
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PRIDE in the Park celebrates the LBGTQ community through music, art, speakers and socials. June.
PRIDE in the Park celebrates the LBGTQ community through music art speakers and socials. June.
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Patriotic Festival will rock the beach with national music acts on massive beach stage along with other events, activities and displays that pay tribute to our military servicemen and servicewomen. June.
Patriotic Festival
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Stars & Stripes Explosion will bring live entertainment on multiple stages at the oceanfront leading up to a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Stars & Stripes Explosion will bring live entertainment on multiple stages at the oceanfront leading up to a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. July 4.
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Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion transforms the boardwalk at 17th St. into a canvas of color as artists create works of art around a theme. Youth, amateur and professional chalk artists can participate. July.
Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion transforms the boardwalk at 17th St. into a canvas of color as artists create works of art around a theme. Youth amateur and professional chalk artists can participate. July.
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Funk Fest Beach Party includes national music acts, great food and unique vendors in a weekend-long celebration of everything "funky"! August.
Funk Fest Beach Party includes national music acts great food and unique vendors in a weekend-long celebration of everything funky ! August.
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Neptune Festival brings the famous sand sculptures together with more than 40 events, from sports and an arts and crafts show to entertainment and food. October.
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Boardwalk Art Show is one of the only outdoor art shows in the country produced by an art museum. It strives to feature the highest caliber of fine art and contemporary crafts. October.
Boardwalk Art Show
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Holiday Lights at the Beach will light up the oceanfront with a drive-through display of holiday lights, nautical themes and adventure scenes while listening to holiday music piped into your vehicle through your radio. Mid-Nov.-Jan. 2.
Holiday Lights at the Beach will light up the oceanfront with a drive-through display of holiday lights nautical themes and adventure scenes while listening to holiday music piped into your vehicle through your radio. Mid-Nov.-Jan. 2.
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2021 Holiday Parade features giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages. Best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance. Dec. Free.
2021 Holiday Parade features giant balloons marching bands lighted floats equestrian units fire trucks performing dance groups motorcycles and more to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages. Best of all Santa himself makes a grand appearance. Dec. Free.
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Updated Events

These events are being updated/refreshed. Look for new themes, extended days, new interactive activities, changed dates, times and locations. How interested are you in attending each? 

Coastal Cruise-In celebrates America's love affair with cars, showcasing collectible cars of all kinds. Along Atlantic Ave. May and October.
Coastal Cruise-In celebrates America s love affair with cars showcasing collectible cars of all kinds. Along Atlantic Ave. May and October.
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Memorial Day Weekend Stars in the Park kicks off summer with a music lover's weekend featuring national bands in our oceanside parks. May. Free.
Memorial Day Weekend Stars in the Park kicks off summer with a music lover s weekend featuring national bands in our oceanside parks. May. Free.
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Totally Tribute Music Festival features national tribute artists bringing some of the greatest sounds of major stars to concerts in the 17th, 24th and 31st street parks. June. Free.
Totally Tribute Music Festival features national tribute artists bringing some of the greatest sounds of major stars to concerts in the 17th 24th and 31st street parks. June. Free.
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Beach Music Weekend features regional beach music bands playing classic sounds of summer at the beach. September.
Beach Music Weekend features regional beach music bands playing classic sounds of summer at the beach. September.
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LaFiesta! VaB celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience through food, colorful cultural costumes and high-energy music. May.
LaFiesta! VaB celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience through food colorful cultural costumes and high-energy music. May.
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Family Great Adventure Movie Series provides family fun and film watching on the beach at 29th St on Thursdays in July and August. Free.
movies on the beach
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New Events

These would be new in town. What do you think? How likely would you be to attend? 

ClueZ Family Challenge is an entertaining interactive event that challenges groups/families to solve mysteries by following clues you uncover, the characters you interview and the places you discover. On foot. June.
ClueZ Family Challenge is an entertaining interactive event that challenges groups/families to solve mysteries by following clues you uncover the characters you interview and the places you discover. On foot. June.
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Halloween Parade that transforms Atlantic Avenue into a "Halloween Highway." Costumed characters, monstrous musicians, frightful floats and BOOlloons will be part of this new magical celebration. October 30.
Halloween Parade that transforms Atlantic Avenue into a Halloween Highway. Costumed characters monstrous musicians frightful floats and BOOlloons will be part of this new magical celebration. October 30.
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Stars in the Parks will bring national recording artists to the 17th, 24th and 31st street parks.
Stars in the Parks will bring national recording artists to the 17th 24th and 31st street parks.
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VB Incredible Family Race is all about team building and family bonding. You'll need brains AND brawn as teams tackle mental and physical challenges on a race around the Virginia Beach oceanfront. May 15.
VB Incredible Family Race is all about team building and family bonding. You ll need brains AND brawn as teams tackle mental and physical challenges on a race around the Virginia Beach oceanfront. May 15.
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Is there another specific event or type of entertainment you don't see here that you'd like to suggest for consideration?

Tell us a little about you. 

What would deter you from attending events in the entertainment district? (select all that apply)
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What is the zip code where you live?
Do you work in a hospitality industry?
No
Yes, hotel/motel
Yes, restaurant
Yes, entertainment
Yes, retail
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Your Age:
Younger than 18
18 - 25
26 - 40
41 - 55
56 - 65
66+
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Provide your email address to receive notices about this project and other public input opportunities.
When is the last time you visited the Virginia Beach oceanfront?
In the last 2 weeks
In the last month
In the last 3 months
In the last year
I don't remember the last time I was there
I never go to the oceanfront
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How often do you typically visit the Virginia Beach oceanfront?
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