Spring Events at Virginia Beach and Beyond

There are spring events at Virginia Beach and beyond to wet anyone's whistle. From Monster Trucks to Ramp Jam, and from Virginia Historic Garden Week to the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, there's a family adventure for everyone.

This page is designed to show give you an overview of the top events at the beach or in the greater Hampton Roads area so you can plan a day, weekend, or longer getaway that will make your vacation worthwhile. 

I update these pages each year as the season approaches and as information becomes available. Keep in mind that sometimes dates or prices can change at the last minute. But i do my best to keep the information up to date so you can plan that perfect event.

You'll also find links to great attractions-- such as Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg-- which I review for you and which include page after page of ways to get discount tickets and save in unexpected ways to stretch your dollar further than ever.

Kings Dominion Easter Eggstravaganza - 

March 25-27

Join the park's annual Easter Eggstravaganza with a delicious Easter brunch on March 25-27 (for an extra charge), Easter eggs, a scavenger hunt and petting zoo, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, and visits with Snoopy, the "Easter Beagle." For more Kings Dominion events, click here. 

Civil War & Emancipation Day 

April 2, 10 am - 4 pm  - Richmond

Bring the whole family out and learn about the Civil War on Richmond's annual Civil War & Emancipation Day event. This year, enjoy walking tours, hands-on activities, re-enactments, and more at Historic Tredegar. 

Neptune FestivalTaking a break from chowing down on goodies at the Neptune Festival.

It's also a great time to visit Civil War-related sites, including the Museum of the Confederacy, the Valentine Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, and Tredegar Iron Works. Plus, take advantage of free shuttle buses to the sites.

Town Center Restaurant Week -

March 28-April 3

Enjoy prix-fix two and three-course meals at leading restaurants for $10, $20, $30, and $40. Includes 13 dining establishments such as Bravo, California Pizza Kitchen, and Ruth's Chris. For details, go to http://www.vabeachtowncenter.com/. And don't forget to take advantage of Virginia Beach Restaurant Week each year.

Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenLewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Virginia Historic Garden Week - 

April 23-30 - Various homes throughout Virginia

Often called "America's Open House," Virginia's Historic Garden Week this year is April 23-30, and will give you rare and coveted admission to 250+ houses, gardens, and historic landmarks-- some of them rarely open to the public.

Consider these spring events your chance to enter an American "Downton Abbey" and pretend you're "to the manor born"-- if only for a little while. Check out the details by clicking here. And if you want to enjoy visiting historic estates any time during the year, check out my Presidents Homes page.

East Coast She Crab Soup Festival   

April 9 - noon to 3 pm 
24th Street Park along the oceanfront

Celebrate one of the most delicious seafood delicacies around-- the she crab-- as 20 local restauranteurs vie for the title of "best she crab soup." For $15 per adult in advance (plus service charges at Ticketmaster) or $20 at the door so you can taste she crab soup to your heart's content! It's free for kids under 12 who don't eat anything--"No soup for you!"

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival 
April 30
Virginia Beach Oceanfront between 16th-18th Streets

This family-friendly spring events festival will feature kite demonstrations, kite ballets, kite-building workshops, an open-fly area, and kite vendors. All activities will be held on the beach and in the park at 17th Street. The workshops have a nominal fee; otherwise, the event is free. For more information, go to www.beachstreetusa.com.

Monster Trucks on the Beach 
May 6-8 
Between 5th and 7th Streets, Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach

Watch the sand fly as trucks like Stone Crusher, Hooked, Bigfoot, Bounty Hunter, and Transaurus join other world-famous monster trucks as they battle to dominate this exciting competition at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The event is sponsored by Kalbones.

It includes four two-hour shows Monster truck rides on the beach, and Yamaha demo rides. Tickets are $13.50 in advance (plus service charges when purchased through Ticketmaster), or $16 at the gate. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets are non-refundable, as events will be held rain or shine. Call (800) 822-3224 for information.

For more family and kid fun ideas, go to my Free Summer Fun page.

PANorama Caribbean Music Festival/Workshop 
May 6-7 
Resort Area

A spring events weekend of fun, music and workshops for Caribbean music devotees. Workshops will be held on Friday. Steel drum competitions begin Friday night and continue through the weekend. Free to the public; fee for participating bands. For more information, call (757) 491-7866 or go to www.beachstreetusa.com.

Busch Gardens

Beach Music Cruisin' Weekend
May 13-15
On the Beach at 29th Street

Three days of spring events and FREE oldies beach music is yours at this blast from the past. Beach Music Weekend blends the best of the "oldies" with dancing under the stars in a jam-packed blast to the past!

And this year, it also includes the Cruisin' Virginia Beach Car Show. See some of the hottest cars ever assembled while working on your tan or frolicking on the beach during these spring events days! Over 200 classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will line the boardwalk as their owners compete for cash prizes and trophies. On Saturday night from 6 pm to 9 pm, you'll be able to see cars along Atlantic Avenue.

Spectators are free! For details go to http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/beach-music-cruise or call (800) 822-3224.

More Spring events...

Pungo Strawberry Festival 
May 28-29
Indian River Road and Princess Anne Road 
(757) 721-6001

Grab the kids and head over to one of our favorite Virginia Beach events. Something for everyone, from strawberries prepared 50 different ways, to pig races! Other events include a pie-eating contest, a military display, a livestock sale and show, racing car exhibits, ongoing entertainment, a huge carnival, continuous entertainment, a parade, and arts and crafts for sale. For details, go to http://www.pungostrawberryfestival.info/

Pirate Party on the Beach 

May 14-15 
Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Enjoy games, costume contests, a treasure hunt, lots of scurvy pirates, and movies. It's free! For more information, http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/pirate-party-beach

Blackbeard Pirate Festival

June 3-5 - Hampton

Enjoy several tall-ships, fireworks, food, and too many scurvy pirates to count at what USA Today calls one of the top five pirate festivals in America. Blackbeard plays a particularly important role in this pirate extravaganza since Hampton is believed to be his final resting place after he was killed by the Royal Navy in 1718. Legend has it that his head was brought back to Hampton and put on a pike on the banks of the river to serve as a warning to other pirates.

The weekend starts off with a Pirates Ball on the evening of June 3, followed by events June 4 from 10 am to 10 pm, and June 5 from noon to 6 pm. Admission to the event (except for the ball) is free. For details, go to http://www.hampton.gov/blackbeard

Busch Gardens Glory at the Gardens 
May 7-8

Top Christian groups will perform at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg contemporary Christian concert series. This year's events will feature Skillet, Family Force 5 and Disciple, Newsboys, Hawk Nelson and Ryan Stevenson. For more info, check out my Busch Gardens Williamsburg Events & Festivals page. And don't forget to check out my Busch Gardens Ticket Discount secrets!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival -  

Fridays-Sundays, May 27-June 26

From 11 am until one hour before park closing, purchase sample-sized tastings of delicious gourmet foods and wines you won't normally find in the park, such as coq au vin and schnitzel. There's no extra charge to attend the festival, but tastings range from $3 to $7. 

Kings Dominion Military Days

May 23-25 and July 4-5

The park honors the military with special events and free park admission to all active, inactive or retired US Service men and women with valid military I.D. For more ways to get Kings Dominion tickets for less, click here.

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