Special Events

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​​​​​ Summer Carnival ImageSummer Carnival

Friday, June 1 - Tuesday, June ​19 | 5 - 10 pm (Monday - Friday), 2-10 pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Mount Trashmore Park
Rides, games and traditional state fair foods are all available at the Summer Carnival at Mount Trashmore Park. Located in the parking lot off Edwin Drive, the carnival is great for all ages and offers free admission and free parking. ​




Summer Carnival ImageJuly 4th Celebration​

Wednesday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm
Mount Trashmore Park
Celebrate America’s independence with live music by Free For All, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! *$10 parking fee; When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close.​



This July, discover the power of play and adventure. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. Join us in one of our parks, recreation centers, athletic facilities, trails or waterways and celebrate Parks & Recreation Month.​ View Activities





Summer Carnival ImageMovie Nights​​

Mount Trashmore Park | Activities begin at 6 pm; Movie begins at dusk
Enjoy a movie under the stars at Mount Trashmore Park! Bring blankets and beach chairs to get comfortable as you watch a family-favorite on our giant screen. Enjoy delicious treats available for purchase from various food trucks.​

August 18 • September 15 • October 20 



Party at the Pier ImageParty at the Pier presented by Siebert Realty

Friday, August 24 (Rain Date: August 25) 7 - 10 pm
Little Island Park
Kick off your shoes and join us for a beach concert in the sand with live music from The Rhondels! Enjoy food trucks and plenty of dancing. New this year, there will be onsite beer and wine sales to benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation. A valid ID must be presented to purchase adult beverages. Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver to ensure everyone's safety. Personal coolers are not permitted in the event area. Beer/wine ticket sales will take place from 6 to 9 pm. Last pour will be at 9:30 pm. ​Onsite parking is available and free after 5 pm. Parking is limited, so please carpool or rideshare if possible.​


Summer Carnival ImageBack to School Festival

Saturday, August 25​ | 10 am - 1 pm
Williams Farm Rec Center
Join us for the 4th annual block party-style day of games, competitions, face painting, bounce houses, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. Arrive early for door prize drawings and our school supply giveaway (while supplies last). Leading up to the event, we'll be conducting a school supply drive, so consider donating today at Williams Farm.



Summer Carnival ImageSanta's Stocking Old Fashioned ​Craft Bazaar

Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4 | 10 am - 4 pm | Princess Anne Rec Center
Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18 | 10 am - 4 pm | Kempsville Rec Center
Now in its 40th year, this event features over 100 craft vendors each weekend. Crafters will be selling unique handmade items, everything from stocking stuffers to fine works of art, all at budget-friendly prices. This event is free for shoppers!

Interested in being a vendor? Applications will be available starting July 1.

​For more ​events, check out what's happening in our recreation centers​!​

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