Special Events

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July is Parks & Rec Month | July 1 - July 31

The WHOLE Month of July | Various Locations 
Each July since 1985, America has celebrated Parks and Recreation Month, a program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks, recreation, and conservation have on communities across the U.S. ​​​ With over 280 parks and 7 incredible community recreation centers; there is no shortage of ways to play in Virginia Beach!​ We have tons of activities planned, so click below to learn more! ​
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4th of July Celebration & Fireworks presented by Chartway Credit Union | July 4

Monday, July 4 | Mount Trashmore Park | 6-10 pm (Fireworks at 9:30 pm) 
Join us at Mount Trashmore on Monday, July 4th for an Independence Day celebration presented by Chartway Credit Union with food trucks, live music from Vinyl Headlights, and a beautiful fireworks display. The event begins at 6 pm with free admission and parking will be $10 (cash only). Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm. Note: Lots will be monitored by parking attendants and will close when full - Edwin Drive will be closed once parking lots are full. 
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Summer CarnivalDance Bash at Mount Trashmore | July 14

Thursday, July 14  | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Mount Trashmore Park Stage
Come out to Mount Trashmore for a FREE dance fitness party featuring a wide variety of dance formats! 

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Party at the Pier | July  20

Presented by Siebert Realty
Wednesday, July 20 | Little Island Park | 7-10 pm
Kick off your shoes, bring your friends, and join us for a FREE concert in the sand at Little Island Park with live music, food trucks, adult beverages, and plenty of dancing! More details to come! 
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Water Lantern FestivalWater Lantern Festival  | August 6

Saturday, August 6 |​ Mount Trashmore Park | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family-friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors and lots of people that you haven't met all come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. 


Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar | November 6, 7, 20, &21

November 5 & 6, 2022 | Princess Anne Recreation Center
November 19 & 20, 2022 | Kempsville Recreation Center
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays 
Crafters will be selling unique handmade items, everything from stocking stuffers to fine works of art.
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Keep your eyes peeled this spring season for "pup-up" appearances from our mascot Barks and his buddy Rex at all of our dog parks around the city. Wanna learn more about our dog parks? Click here to view them all!

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