Top 59 Things to Do in Virginia Beach This Spring
Updated: Jun 28
Wondering what to do during April, May, and June in Virginia Beach? Though peak season for beachgoing starts on Memorial Day, there are plenty of ways things to do in the spring around Virginia Beach!
There are lots of reasons we love Virginia Beach, but one of the biggest is that there is never a shortage of adventures waiting for those who look. Here are the best things you can do around Virginia Beach over the next few months!
Things to Do with Kids in Virginia Beach
Cast a Line at the Red Drum Rodeo Fishing Tournament This annual competition is a chance for professional anglers to compete while middle and high schoolers experience the fun and beauty of being out on the water. This family-friendly experience is a fundraiser and community opportunity for Tidewater Independent Schools YoungLife.
Explore the Discovery Garden at the Virginia Aquarium Bring your children’s dreams to life at the Virginia Aquarium, where your admission not only includes a visit with the fish, otters, turtles, and more, but also participation in nature and art activities in the Discovery Garden!
Go Hog-Wild at the Bulls and Barrells Beach Rodeo Not only will this exciting competition feature professional barrel racing and bull riding on the beach, but local 4-H clubs have tons of fun activities planned for all ages at this family-friendly event.
Meet Spring Babies at Hunt Club Farm Nothing says Spring like baby animals! Head on over to Hunt Club Farm to see what little furry friends have joined the family this year. The petting farm features everything from alpacas to an interactive aviary to ponies you can ride. There’s even a Treewalk Adventure!
Go Berry-Picking in Pungo The rural charm of Pungo is a great place to have some family fun and come home with bushels of delicious fruit! Try picking strawberries at Flanagan Farm or blackberries and veggies at Henley Farm.
Pick Your Own Wildflowers Berries not your thing? Many of the Pungo farms offer pick-your-own wildflowers so you can create the perfect bouquet to bring the joy of spring into your own home.
Fly Kites at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival (May 6-7th, 2023) Don’t miss the beautiful array of colorful kites on the beach! Bring your own kite or make one there, and take advantage of “Flight Training” from expert kite enthusiasts at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.
Beat the Crowds to the Beach No need to wait for tourist season to hit the beach! Enjoy the early sunshine at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront or the calmer sands of Chic’s Beach or Sandbridge as winter rentals go through their spring cleaning before the crowds roll in.
Things to Do for the Outdoorsy Type
Paddle with a Porpoise in Broad Bay Love kayaking? Join the local wildlife on a Kayaking Dolphin Tour while learning the rich history of the area and ecosystem.
Surf at Croatan Beach Enjoy the consistent waves south of the boardwalk at Croatan Beach, a favorite spot for surfing in Hampton Roads.
Hike or Bike at First Landing Take a leisurely ride or a power hike along the nine beautiful trails around First Landing State Park. There are also camping, boating, fishing, and picnicking opportunities here!
Try Primitive Camping on the Beach at False Cape State Park Get in touch with nature by booking one of the primitive campsites at False Cape State Park. With 6 pristine miles of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a truly unique retreat.
Challenge Yourself at the Adventure Park Master the treetop trails and ziplines at the Adventure Park located at the Virginia Aquarium. There are many trails with different difficulty levels, so everyone from beginner to expert will have a great time!
Bird-watch at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge The Back Bay Wildlife Refuge is a haven for over 200 species of birds, and spring is the perfect opportunity to witness many of them migrating north.
Try Your Hand at Deep-Sea Fishing Rudee Tours offers offshore, nearshore, and inshore fishing expeditions for everyone from the novice to the enthusiast. There are plenty of different touring options - try one out and get in touch with the sea!
Boat on Linkhorn Bay Virginia Beach is a fantastic city for boat lovers, and one of our favorite spots to cruise is Linkhorn Bay. Wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing are popular pastimes in this area!
Become a Muddy Princess (May 21, 2023) This one’s for the ladies who want a “girl’s dirty day out.” The Muddy Princess Mud Run at the VB Sportsplex is full of silly and challenging obstacles, and it’s all about celebrating women in all their glorious forms.
Things to Do for the Foodie
Chow Down at the East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic (April 22, 2023) Get your fill of the local favorite - she-crab soup - and the East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic. Regional restaurants will be vying for “best of” titles, and they want your vote!
Taste Seasonal Wines at the VB Winery The Virginia Beach Winery offers special wine tastings each day, as well as special event nights each month. Find a fun opportunity to sample some of the best wine around!
Check Out One of Virginia Beach’s Farmers Markets This Hampton Roads city boasts not one but two excellent Farmers Markets. The VB Farmers Market on Dam Neck Road is open throughout the year with an impressive selection of vendors and food trucks, and the farmer’s market down in Old Beach is within walking distance of the ocean.
Eat for a Cause at YSC’s Spring Oyster and Pig Roast (April 22, 2023) Stuff yourself with as much chowder, pork, and oysters as you can - benefits the kids, after all! YSC’s annual Spring Oyster and Pig Roast is happening this April at Camp Pendleton.
Enjoy Mother’s Day Lunch in the Sunshine Treat your mom at one of Virginia Beach’s many hot spots with outdoor seating in that gorgeous spring weather. A few of our favorite spots are The Bee and the Biscuit, Dockside Seafood and Fishing Center, and Pocahontas Pancakes. (P.S. Mother’s Day is May 14th!)
Enhance Brunch with a Cocktail Like No Other Love mimosas? Bay Local is your place to be. Grab a couple of friends to share a Big Jumbo Sorbet Mimosa - a giant glass accompanied with two bottles of champagne and your choice of sorbet. If bloody marys are more your speed, take yours to the next level by adding bacon, crab, or their Spicy Hell Mary mix.
Sip and Stroll at Neptune’s Spring Wine Festival (May 20, 2023) Sample over 70 wines from 8 countries at Neptune’s Spring Wine Festival at the 31st Street Park. Live music and local food trucks add to the day’s enjoyment.
Eat Super-Local at Commune This creative cafe in the ViBe district offers seasonal and sustainable plates primarily sourced from the local region. It’s nutritious, it’s fresh, and it’s delicious.
Things to Do for the Art Appreciator
Take in Some Theater at Town Center Head out to Town Center to get your fill of drama or comedy. Take your pick of stageplays at Zieder’s American Dream Theater; barrels of laughs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club; or concerts, plays, and even The Price is Right™ at the Sandler Center!
Find Unique Art at the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market About 150 fine artists and craftspeople from around the U.S. will host booths at this year’s market, where you can shop for everything from wreaths to statuary to outdoor furniture. Don’t miss the Vintage Porch & Garden with an array of cleverly up-cycled works!
Celebrate Mother Earth at the Virginia Beach Art Center A new juried exhibition throughout April uses the works of local Hampton Roads artists to celebrate the natural beauty and wonder of our planet. This exhibition is free to the public!
Visit the MOCA Virginia Beach’s Museum of Contemporary Art offers classes in various art mediums for all ages. This Spring, look for the new Maya Lin exhibit and pieces from local artists in Art of the ViBe 3.
Solve The Dinner Detective at the Wyndham Be a part of the intrigue with America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theater, The Dinner Detective! Enjoy a delicious meal while helping to unravel the mystery at the Wyndham Hotel at the Oceanfront.
Color the Boardwalk at Chalk the Walk (June 17, 2023) BYO chalk and release your inner child and inner artist at Chalk the Walk on the boardwalk! Registration is free, and trophies and cash prizes will be awarded. It’s also inspiring just to go and watch!
Things to Do for the Music Lover
Get Tickets to SOMETHING IN THE WATER (April 28-30, 2023) You won’t want to miss the event of the season when Pharell Williams’ SOMETHING IN THE WATER music festival returns to Virginia Beach! Check out the incredible SITW lineup here. P.S. If you’re renting a short-term rental home for the festival, take a look at this renter’s guide.
Catch a Concert at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre hosts some of the biggest names in music each year, so check out this Spring’s lineup and get yourself tickets to the concert of a lifetime!
Enjoy Steel Drums at PANFest (May 13, 2023) College, high school, and community bands will bring the unique soul of steel drum music to PANfest this May. Performances that transport you to an island paradise are free to the public.
Kick Back at Beach Music Weekend (May 12-13, 2023) Enjoy nostalgic favorites from bands up and down the East Coast at Virginia Beach’s Beach Music Weekend. Performances will happen on the beach, so bring a towel and an appetite for delicious food and drink available for purchase.
Play Music Bingo at New Realm Local favorite New Realm Brewing Company is hosting several bingo nights throughout the spring where you can test your knowledge of music and win gift cards and swag!
Grab a Seat at the Oceanfront Concert Series Sing along to the tunes of nationally-recognized recording artists at the FREE concerts held throughout June at the oceanfront. It’s a great way to end a day at the beach.
Things to Do for the History Buff
Climb the Cape Henry Lighthouse Take a trip down to Fort Story to climb the old Cape Henry Lighthouse, commissioned back in 1792. At the top, you’ll enjoy a 360°-view of the ocean and Virginia Beach in the lantern room.
Tour the Ferry Plantation House Experience both history and the paranormal with a tour of the centuries-old Ferry Plantation House, featuring tales of everyone’s favorite “witch of Pungo.”
Visit the Historic DeWitt Cottage Visit the oldest remaining private structure on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at the historic DeWitt Cottage. It’s also home to the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, gift shop, and Back Bay Wildfowl Guild.
Roam the Virginia Legends Walk Dig into the history of Virginia’s most famous residents (past and present) as you stroll along the Virginia Legends Walk at 13th Street at the Oceanfront. From presidents and military heroes to accomplished athletes and writers, these legends are sure to boost your VA pride.
Other Unique Things to Do in VA Beach this Spring
Chesapeake Bay Pedal Club Enjoy the fall air on a cycleboat pub, an innovative way to work off the calories as you drink them! Take in the beauty of the Rudee Inlet on this unique and laughter-filled booze cruise.
Support Cats and Dogs at the Wags & Whiskers Gala! Party Cuban-style at this year’s Wags and Whiskers Gala for the Virginia Beach SPCA! With a “Havana Nights” theme, this 21-and-up event will feature festive cocktails, great food, music, games, auctions, and more to support pet rescues.
Dash Along the Beach in the Crush N’ Run 5K (April 22, 2023) It’s the 6th annual Crush N’ Run on the beach, starting at 8th Street and heading north! This 5K supports local charities like Camp Grom, The Eliza Hope Foundation, and An Achievable Dream.
Watch Monster Trucks on the Beach (May 19-21, 2023) It’s the biggest monster truck show in the mid-Atlantic! Monsters on the Beach is a family-friendly show with a race and stunt course built right on the sand at the Oceanfront.
Dance at the Bachata and Salsa Spring Fling (June 1-4, 2023) It’s the first locally-sponsored multi-day Latin dance event in Hampton Roads! Whether you’ve been salsaing for decades or have never even heard of bachata, there are dance classes and parties for everyone.
Cosplay at Tidewater Comicon (May 20-21, 2023) Celebrate all your favorite fandoms at Tidewater Comicon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center! Enjoy vendors, artists, panels, and contests for fans of all ages.
Celebrate the Military & Their Families at the USO Experience (June 1-5, 2023) Get your fill of athletic, recreational, and social activities in USO style. The public is invited to discover the Military Village at the boardwalk at 17th St. Some activities are for active service members and their families only.
Prepare Your Dream Wedding at the Bridal Expo (June 11, 2023) Find everything you need for the perfect wedding day at the Bridal and Wedding Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center! Get access to all kinds of vendors and giveaways at this interactive event.
Ride the Adrenaline at Jackalope Fest (June 2-4, 2023) Enjoy three days of competition in skateboarding, base jumping, and bouldering at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in this celebration of high-adrenaline action sports. Food trucks, pop-up vendors, and concerts will be the side dishes to this feast of action.
Challenge Yourself with Puzzling Adventures Game-ify your walk along the boardwalk by taking part in Puzzling Adventures™! Your mobile device will tell you where to go to complete trivia and puzzles while enjoying the beautiful scenery at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Bid Spring Farewell at the Salute to Summer (May 26-28, 2023) Spend Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summertime with free concerts at the Oceanfront. In honor of the holiday, the event will feature essays written by local students on military conflicts throughout U.S. history. Grab some ice cream, enjoy a variety of music, and honor history!
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