ARTS & CULTURE

Creativity lives here.

You’ll see outdoor artwork everywhere in Coastal Virginia. Snap a selfie in front of a larger-than-life King Neptune at the oceanfront, or marvel at Norfolk’s mermaids, Chesapeake’s blue herons, or Smithfield’s market hogs. Keep an eye out for a series of spectacular murals, inspiring art gardens, and sculptures and murals of every kind, in every city.

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Virginia Beach Mural
SMITHFIELD DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET
Smithfield Pigs
Eastern Shore Love
Virginia Beach King Neptune
Norfolk Mermaid

FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

It’s all here.

Coastal Virginia may not be the biggest area in the nation, but it may be the busiest. No matter what kind of movies, art, food, or music you’re into, there’s a big festival here with your name on it. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, live music, oyster roasts, family festivals and even an annual pirate festival, peanut festival, and the famed Something in the Water festival. Our exhaustive list of festivals draws crowds from across the country.

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Virginia Beach Something in the Water
Portsmouth Commodore Theater
Hampton Blackbeard Festival
Hampton Crabs
Norfolk Harborfest
Chesapeake Farm

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Spend the day inside.

Gorgeous waterways and a spectacular climate aren’t the only reason to visit. We’re home to some of the most dynamic children’s museums, immersive art exhibits and galleries full of paintings, sculpture, photography, and video art you’ll find anywhere along the east coast. Book a guided tour or browse alone. You’ll see a spectacular variety of artistic talent.

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Portsmouth Childrens Museum
Virginia Beach Virginia Aquarium
Norfolk Battleship Wisconsin
Norfolk Chrysler Museum
Smithfield Downtown
Norfolk Chrysler Museum
Virginia Beach MOCA
Hampton Air and Space Center
Virginia Beach MOCA glass exhibit

LIVE THEATER AND MUSIC

Find your groove.

From operatic arias, jazz, and pop, to country, indie-rock and metal, Coastal Virginia is home to a vibrant and exciting music scene. Our outdoor music concerts bring a diverse mix of both local and national acts. Plus, our performing arts centers are brimming over with unforgettable sights and sounds. Book tickets to Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House, enjoy live theater at the Virginia Stage Company, or at Hampton’s many theaters. You’ll also find live free music in every city. You’re bound to take in a showstopping performance.

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Virginia Beach Neptunes Park
Virginia Beach Neptunes Park
Norfolk Festivals
Norfolk Town Point Park
Norfolk Theater
Virginia Beach Concerts
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