6 Must-Attend Fall Events in Virginia Beach

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Virginia Beach is a great place to visit in the fall for many reasons. As the summer season slows down in Virginia Beach, the locals come out to play and you’ll feel a much more laid back vibe throughout town. In the fall the beaches are quieter, traffic is lighter, and there are events going on nearly every weekend. Experience local music, beer, wine, cupcakes, and more at these fall events in Virginia Beach.

American Music Festival

August 30 - September 1

The 26th Annual American Music Festival takes place Labor Day weekend along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This year’s headliners include 311, +Live+, and Dashboard Confessional. The festival starts on Thursday evening with free music along 24th Street Park. This is the nation’s longest-running annual outdoor oceanfront music festival.

Neptune Wine Festival

September 14 - 15

Try from more than 70 wines at the 23rd Annual Fall Wine Festival at Neptune’s Park September 14 and 15. The event is hosted by Virginia’s best winemakers and also features great food from local food trucks, live entertainment, and more. Get your tickets for either day’s event, and consider a VIP ticket for Saturday for early admission to the tasting tent.

Boardwalk Weekend

September 27 - 29

The 46th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, or Boardwalk Weekend, takes places September 27-29 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The festival spans 32 blocks and features 27 live performances, more than 250 artists, and hundreds of thousands of patrons enjoying the celebration. Live musicians include UB40, The Psychedelic Furs, and Rebirth Brass Band. Shows are free to attend. The weekend includes an 8k race, art & craft show, grand parade, volleyball tournament, Atlantic regatta, and more.

International Sandsculpting Championship

September 27 - October 6

As a part of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, the International Sandsculpting Championship brings together 32 of the world’s most talented sand sculptors to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Watch as the artists create their masterpieces in three days. There is also a live “QuickSand” competition that awards both artistry and speed.

Virginia Beach Cupcake Festival

October 6

Got a sweet tooth? The inaugural Virginia Beach Cupcake Festival is at Mount Trashmore Park on October 6 12 - 5 p.m. This family-friendly event features live music and entertainment, kid’s activities, vendors, and, of course, cupcakes. Kick off your day with the Cupcake Classic 5K, which also starts in Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

October 19 - 20

Taste up to 50 different brews from more than 25 craft breweries at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival on the Beach at 30th Street. The festival will take place from 1 - 6 p.m. each day. There will be local and nationally known breweries on hand to offer seasonal and rare creations. The event also includes live music throughout the day.

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