American Music Festival

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Experience Five Days of Live Music at the American Music Festival

Virginia Beach plays host to live musical performances throughout the summer season. From free concerts on the beach to national headliners at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, there’s always somewhere to sing and dance to live music. One of Virginia Beach’s largest summer concerts is the American Music Festival.

About the American Music Festival

The 26th annual American Music Festival, presented by Chartway Federal Credit Union, is held at the stages along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Labor Day weekend. The festival is one of the longest-running music events in the nation. The American Music Festival showcases dozens of international recording acts, with all performances taking place at the Oceanfront.

This year’s American Music Festival features performances by headliners Lee Brice, 311, +LIVE+ and Dashboard Confessional. This year’s festival will also see the addition of free stages for all to enjoy live music. The free stages will be located on 17th, 24th and 31st Streets.

American Music Festival 2019 Lineup and Schedule

Below is the schedule of performers for the 2019 American Music Festival.

Thursday, August 29

24th Street stage at 7 p.m.: Cracker | Camper Van Beethoven 

Friday, August 30

24th Street Park stage at 3:30 p.m.: Larkin Poe | Fox and the Bear | Raw Beets | Bobby “Blackhat” Walters

5th Street stage at 6:30 p.m.: Lee Brice | William Michael Morgan | Tenile Arts

17th Street stage at 7:30 p.m.: The Fuzz Band

31st Street Park stage at 7:30 p.m.: Bennett Wales and the Relief

Saturday, August 31

24th Street Park stage at 3:30 p.m.: Freedom Hawk | Paper Aliens | mOcean

5th Street stage at 5:30 p.m.: 311, Moon Taxi | Buddha Council

17th Street stage at 7:30 p.m.: Blind Boys of Alabama | Roebuck

31st Street Park stage at 7:30 p.m.: The Last Bison | Josie Dunn

Sunday, September 1

24th Street Park stage 3:30 p.m.: Parmalee | Revelry | Backwoods Company | Runnin Shine

5th Street stage at 6:30 p.m.: +LIVE+ | Dashboard Confessional | The Chong Band

17th Street stage at 7:30 p.m.: Brasswind

31st Street Park stage at 7:30 p.m.: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos

Monday, September 2

24th Street Park stage at 3 p.m.: Vertical Horizon | Turncoat Syndicate

American Music Festival lineup

Tickets to the 2019 American Music Festival

Several ticketing options for the American Music Festival are available for purchase. All prices below are for advance purchase only.

Individual tickets: $25

Three-day pass: $50

One-day preferred viewing: $60

Three-day preferred viewing: $125

One-day VIP: $150

Three-day VIP: $300

General admission three-day passes are also available for purchase at the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center.

More Information about the American Music Festival

The 2019 American Music Festival will be held August 29–September 2 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Parking will be available at the 9th, 19th, 25th and 31st Street municipal garages.

For more information on the American Music Festival, visit

Sandbridge Beach 10 Best

Sandbridge Named One of the 10 Best Uncrowded Atlantic Beaches

Virginia Beach has several destinations to enjoy some quality relaxation by the water. Sandbridge Beach has always been known as a favorite to Virginia Beach locals, but visitors are catching on to all that Sandbridge has to offer. Sandbridge Beach was recently named on of USA Today’s 10 Best “Uncrowded Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.”

The USA Today 10 Best is a ranking accumulated by online readers. Sandbridge Beach earned the votes thanks to the area’s peaceful beaches. Sandbridge is a one of Virginia Beach’s most quiet beach communities, lined with vacation homes. Sandbridge Beach sets itself apart from the other beaches in Virginia Beach as it allows families to spread out. The uncrowded, sandy beach offers plenty of room to lounge in the sun and splash in the waves. 

Last year, Sandbridge placed sixth on USA Today’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Beach in Virginia.”

Things to Do in Sandbridge Beach

In addition to quiet, uncrowded beaches, Sandbridge Beach offers more to see and do. Sandbridge isn’t far from Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. Those are two pristine, natural destinations for hiking, fishing, kayaking and more.

Find all of your beach essentials at the shops right on Sandbridge Road. These retail stores sell everything from surfboards, paddleboards, bikes and beach equipment to beach apparel and accessories. There’s also a local market—the only grocery store at Sandbridge Beach—where you can find everything you need for a beach picnic, barbecue or simply drinks to fill up the cooler.

After relaxing on the beach, treat yourself to a bite to eat at one of Sandbridge’s local restaurants. These charming restaurants serve up fresh seafood and an array of fare that’s perfect for the whole family. Support local growers by visiting one of the farmer’s markets or farm stands. You’ll find several in the Pungo area on the way to Sandbridge Beach. These are great places to stop for fresh fruits and vegetables, along with homemade desserts, jellies, seafood, flowers and much more.