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50+ Fun Things to Do in Virginia Beach This Summer (Besides Going to the Beach)

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Looking for the best things to do today, this weekend, or during your trip to Virginia Beach this summer? Summer is the most fun time of year to visit Virginia Beach, and there are so many events and activities to take part in!

Things to Do in Virginia Beach This Summer

There’s no shortage of reasons we love Virginia Beach, and you’ll see why when you search for fun around Hampton Roads. Here are the best things you can do around Virginia Beach over the next few months.

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Fun Things for Kids to Do in Virginia Beach

  • Watch a Movie on the Beach Take part in the Beach Blanket Cinema Series - a free outdoor cinema experience! On Thursday nights, stake your claim on a patch of sand with your blankets and beach chairs for a family-friendly flick.

Nature Quest Summer Camp
  • Send Them to Nature Quest Summer Camp Designed with the nature-loving kid in mind, this elementary-teacher-run day camp will nurture your child’s curiosity and creativity as they take part in all sorts of outdoor activities, challenges, and art projects.

  • Teach Them the Fun Side of Finances at Camp Millionaire (July 17-21, 2023) Rising 7th and 8th graders are sure to have a blast at Camp Millionaire, a week full of games, activities, and exciting group projects that give kids a foundation of fiscal responsibility.

WRV Surf Camp
  • Master the Waves at Surf Camp Help your kids make the most of their time at the Atlantic Ocean with WRV Surf Camp! Choose from 5-day or 3-day options where a professional surfer will help kids ride the waves in a safe, fun, and rewarding way.

  • Become a Junior Golfer The TopGolf Summer Academy offers five days of fun as kids ages 6-12 are taught all the components of a great game of golf.

  • Complete the ViBe District Art Scavenger Hunt Enjoy the brilliant spring weather by touring the art of the ViBe districted via a curated scavenger hunt! This printable walkthrough tells you where to walk to see some of the local sculptures, paintings, and history.

  • Find Out Whodunnit with You Sleuth! Unleash your inner detective with You Sleuth’s augmented reality mystery-solving game! It’s like a mix between Clue and Pokemon Go!, where you and your smartphone are on the case.

Adventure Park
  • 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!

Things to Do at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk

Live! on Atlantic
  • Have Fun at Live! On Atlantic Formerly known as BeachStreetUSA, this evening program fills the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue with all sorts of free entertainment: jugglers, circuses, musicians, magicians, and so much more.

  • Get Your Fix of Country Music at Beach It! (June 23-25, 2023) Grab a pass to the oceanfront’s best country music festival – Beach It! This year’s lineup includes MIranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, and more.

  • 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.

  • Challenge Yourself with Puzzling Adventures Gamify 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.

  • 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.

La Fiesta Virginia Beach
  • Get the Full Latin Experience with “La Fiesta” (June 16-17, 2023) La Fiesta Virginia Beach brings the food, cultural dress, and music of Latin culture to life at the Oceanfront. The 24th Street stage will welcome Latin Grammy Award nominees and winners on both nights!

  • Get Funky on the Beach (August 25-26, 2023) Funk Fest is back and better than ever with a new spot right on the beach! Take in the electrifying music of this favorite festival in August.

  • Taste Perfection at Pocahontas Pancakes Named the “Best Pancake House in Virginia Beach” by Food Network, a trip to Pocahontas Pancake House is an iconic Virginia Beach experience. From their thick-cut bacon to their fluffy pancakes with pure maple syrup, you’ll never forget this breakfast.

Flipper McCoys
  • Play Laser Tag and Arcade Games at Flipper McCoys Perfect for a rainy day or to refresh everyone in the air conditioning, a trip to Flipper McCoys Family Entertainment Center is a guaranteed good time! Book a round of laser tag or enjoy retro arcade games, skeeball, pool, and more.

Symphony by the Sea
  • Savor the Sounds of the Symphony by the Sea During select Thursdays this Summer, 31st Street Park will host the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Symphonicity Orchestra in a series of delightful concerts. Attend for free, or purchase a VIP pass that includes valet parking, reserved seating, and more.

Romantic Things to Do for Couples in Virginia Beach

  • Cook Together with Produce from the Shore Drive Farmer’s Market Get your romantic Saturday started early with a trip to the farmer’s market on Shore Drive! It’s the perfect place to grab some pastries and fresh produce to cook up a delectable brunch together.

Waterman's Surfside Grille
  • Indulge in Sunday Brunch at Waterman’s If cooking at home isn’t your style, hit up one of the many great brunch spots in Virginia Beach. Waterman’s Surfside Grille is a local favorite, with outdoor seating overlooking the ocean and fresh local seafood dominating the menu.

  • Swap Brews at the Coastal Craft Beer Festival (August 26, 2023) Do you and your SO love a good brew? Then the Coastal Craft Beer Festival is the perfect date! Featuring over 60 beers from 30 different breweries, it’s going to be a slice of heaven for all craft beer lovers.

  • Share a Kiss in the Cape Henry Lighthouse Take a trip down to Fort Story to climb the old Cape Henry Lighthouse, where you can reenact the romantic kiss of Arie and Lauren from Season 22 of The Bachelor. At the top, you’ll enjoy a 360°-view of the ocean and Virginia Beach in the lantern room.

Beachside Social
  • Make it a Date at Beachside Social Can’t decide what to do tonight, but know you want to have some laughs together? Head over to Beachside Social, where you can get a memorable date with low effort by taking advantage of their excellent menu, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, or even a board game!

  • Dance the Night Away at Neptune’s Seniors Gala (September 6, 2023) For lovers ages 62 and up! Neptune’s Seniors Gala will be a night of big band favorites and a delicious buffet for seniors at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

  • Have a Picnic at First Landing Stroll hand-in-hand along the nine beautiful trails around First Landing State Park until you find the perfect spot to open your picnic basket and enjoy some beautiful summer weather together.

  • 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!

Bridal Expo
  • Take Your Relationship to the Next Level 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.

Things to Do at Night in Virginia Beach

  • Be Fascinated by Irish Dance (June 14, 2023) Celtic Throne takes the stage at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Town Center this June, bringing into the spotlight the mysterious origins of Irish dancing.

  • Master Pub Trivia at Murphy’s Irish Pub Spend your Tuesday night playing pub trivia at Murphy’s while enjoying a delectable burger! Teams and solo players are welcome, and you might just win a prize or a spot on the Champions Trophy.

  • Sing Along to Your Old Favorites at Totally Tribute Music Fest (June 30 - July 1, 2023) Formerly known as Sandstock, this series of concerts will bring the music of your favorite bands and artists through some of the best tribute performers from across the country. This year features the music of The Beatles, Journey, Prince, and more.

Stars and Stripes Celebration
  • Celebrate Independence Day with some Beachside Fireworks (July 4, 2023) The Stars and Stripes Celebration at the Oceanfront is back this year, with live entertainment and fireworks viewable from several of the parks along Atlantic Avenue. Free and open to the public!

  • Hit the Dance Floor at Omega Bar Known for its tapas, drinks, and energetic Latin dancing, Omega Bar is a great place to boogie down during your visit to Virginia Beach. Every Friday and Saturday night are officially “Latin Nights!”

  • Take the Stage at Open Mic Night Itching to show off your musical skills? Tuesday nights at Barbeque by Froggies on Shore Drive are Open Mic Nights. Bring your talent (and your instrument) and enjoy some of the best barbeque in town.

City Cruise
  • Cruise Down the Elizabeth River Take in the beauty of neighboring Norfolk at night with a dinner cruise on the Elizabeth River. The Spirit of Norfolkwill host your evening with dining, dancing, and games as you sail by some of the impressive battleships and cargo ships that frequent the harbor.

Concerts in Virginia Beach this Summer

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

What concerts are taking place in Virginia Beach this Summer? Here’s the big list.

  • Rebelution: Good Vibes Summer Tour (June 24, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Tears for Fears (July 7, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Big Time Rush (July 8, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Chris Stapleton: All-American Road Show with Margo Price and Allen Stone (July 14, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Godsmack & Staind (July 21, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Fall Out Boy (July 22, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Matchbox Twenty & The Wallflowers (July 26, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Counting Crows & Dashboard Confessional (July 28, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Dave Matthews Band (July 23, 2022) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Slightly Stoopid (August 4, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa (August 5, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Sergio Mendes (August 16, 2023) Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

  • 3 Doors Down (August 25, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

  • Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper (August 30, 2023) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Other Things to Do Virginia Beach this Summer

  • 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.

Military Aviation Museum
  • Witness Vintage Warbirds Take to the Skies On a Saturday this summer, visit the Military Aviation Museum as they perform narrated flight demonstrations to share about historical events involving military aircraft. Included with a day’s museum admission!

  • Immerse Yourself in the Art of Van Gogh (July 6 - September 2, 2023) Step inside the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh in a breathtaking experience. Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience is coming to the Virginia Beach Convention Center this summer.

  • 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.

Ferry Plantation House
  • 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.”

  • Let Regional Art Collectors Inspire You (Opens July 7, 2023) The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art will host “Collector’s Edition” – a special exhibit honoring art collectors of the region and the pieces that inspire and move them.

  • Attend the East Coast Surfing Championships (August 20-27, 2023) See some of the best take on Virginia Beach’s most intense swells at Coastal Edge’s East Coast Surfing Championships! This is the oldest continually-run surfing competition in the world.

  • Paint a Sunflower (August 26, 2023) Experience the tranquility of late summer in Virginia Beach when you take the Nature Bus to the midst of sunflower fields. Enjoy a guided watercolor session and charcuterie snacks while you make your own painting to keep.

End of Summer Bay Bash
  • Kiss Summer Goodbye at the End of Summer Bay Bash (September 22, 2023) Nonstop dancing, endless food and drinks, and fantastic musical entertainment will be the highlights of the End of Summer Bay Bash! Proceeds will go to Toby’s Dream Foundation to encourage children facing life-threatening illnesses.

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