If you’re looking for the perfect summer spot for live music, Virginia Beach boasts a vibrant music scene that provides fans of all genres something to enjoy, whether it’s a concert in the sand, browsing local crafts and produce while listening to local jams, or laying out a blanket under the sun.
Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
During the summer months, the Virginia Beach oceanfront at the Resort Beach comes alive with themed entertainment along Atlantic Avenue. Beach Street USA brings eight city blocks to life with singers, bands, jugglers, magicians and other entertainers. Free live concerts and theatrical productions take place seven nights a week, transforming Virginia Beach’s resort area into an outdoor music festival suited for the entire family.
Just minutes away at the Virginia Beach Town Center, live music sets the tone for a night out on the town, every weekend April through September at the Fountain Plaza, where performers, ranging from bluegrass to country and jazz to pop, delight the crowds with free performances. Town Center also hosts the annual free summer night concert series and farmers market known as Ynot Wednesdays held at the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza. Beginning in June and running every Wednesday until August, visitors can enjoy live music, ranging from rock to blues and Motown, all while browsing goods from the Virginia Beach Farmers Market and the Artisan Market.
At Farm Bureau Live, also known as the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, visitors can choose from more than 30 musical events. The 20,000-capacity outdoor concert venue hosts the hottest performers in pop, rock, adult contemporary, R&B, country and jazz. 7,500 reserved seats under the pavilion roof and room for 12,500 on the “festival lawn.” Under cover or under the stars on the lawn, it’s a good place to hear a concert.
Those looking for theatrical performances will find top-performing artists, productions, and more at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts year-round, including the Center’s Great Performance Series.
Year-round, Virginia Beach hosts musical events from intimate concerts in bars to music festivals that celebrate the city’s culture and diversity. Visitors can enjoy various cultural music with events like the annual Latin Festival, FunkFest, the Blues at the Beach Festival or the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest.
The summer season kicks off with Virginia Beach’s iconic Patriotic Festival, hosted by the USO. As home to the largest military bases in the country, Virginia Beach is proud to be the yearly host for weekend-long military celebration, which honors Armed Forces personnel and their families with an oceanfront celebration that include concerts by national touring artists.
Closing out the season on Labor Day Weekend is the American Music Festival, the largest outdoor music event on the East Coast. The weekend-long celebration brings together national, regional and local musical acts to play on a gigantic 60-foot wide, 60-foot tall stage on the beach, as well as stages set up along the three-mile oceanfront boardwalk.
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