Live Music near the Boardwalk

Day or night, rain or shine—Virginia Beach provides visitors with enough entertainment to overflow any well-planned travel itinerary.

Stage Performances

When the sun goes down and the energy rises, nothing says “vacation” like getting all dolled up and going out for a night on the town. For the best live performances, take a stroll along the oceanfront for fantastic venues offering a wide variety of entertainment through Beach Street USA. There’s always something happening at Neptune Park on 31st Street.

Start your evening off right by seeing performances by local bands. At the 24th Street Stage, visitors will be delighted to partake in thrilling events such as Sandstock—A Tribute to Rock & Roll held June 20–22 and the Stars & Stripes Explosion on July 4 occurring at three stages along the oceanfront. One event that draws huge crowds each year is the American Music Festival held Aug. 29–31 at 5th Street Stage, 17th Street Park, 24th Street Park and 31st Street Park.

The festival brings the sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B and more to the Oceanfront for one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast featuring national, regional and local acts. With thrilling performances nearly every night of the week, there’s enough outdoor entertainment to keep you busy all summer long.

There is now a new stage on 34th Street! The 12-foot high, circular stage will feature small acts which will provide entertainment to two restaurants along the boardwalk—Lager Heads (a brand new establishment) and the existing Tortugas Café & Tiki Bar. The new stage will be slightly smaller than the Seventh Street stage but will provide a similar atmosphere. Guests can expect to hear Jimmy Buffett-inspired hits and other acoustic tunes free of charge!

Local and National Music

Whether it is a neighborhood beach bar featuring a live local band or a large outdoor venue delivering the latest up-and-coming rock stars, Virginia Beach certainly does not lack in the music department. Dive into the local music scene with a live band at the Oceanfront. There are plenty of hot spots offering delicious pub grub and an entertaining blend of folk, alternative, hard rock and acoustic acts.

For an evening of music under the stars, head to the Farm Bureau Live Amphitheater, a grand outdoor venue that provides cheap lawn seating to worth-every-penny front row seats and showcases the summer’s hottest musicians.

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