Special Events

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​​​​​​​Winter Wildlife FestivalWinter Wildlife Festival 

January 25 - 27, 2019
Princess Anne Rec Center 

Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals​. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings​​.​​ Registration is now open! Register today Interested in being an exhibitor? Apply today​

Snow Globe GalaSnow Globe Gala: A Family Formal

Friday, February 1 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Kempsville Rec Center

Ages 3 & up | Join us for the Snow Globe Gala family formal! There will be snacks, a photo booth, and of course plenty of dancing! Register online​ by January 28. • $10


Cherry Blossom FestivalCherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 6 (Rain Date: April 7) | 12 - 4 pm | Red Wing Park​

Join us as we celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This event offers the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities, and various demonstrations. Get comfortable and enjoy the beauty of one of our city's signature parks by bringing a blanket or lawn chair to watch the performances.

Earth DayEarth Day Recycling Zone

Saturday, April 13 | 10 am - 2 pm | Mount Trashmore Park​

Celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment by participating in our Recycling Zone event.



Celebrating ChildrenCelebrating Children

Saturday, April 27 | 9 am - 12 pm | Mount Trashmore Park​

Join us for Celebrating Children 2019! This event is FREE and open to the public. We have a fun run, inflatables, and family resoruce exhibitors!


Touch-a-TruckTouch-a-Truck

Saturday, May 11 | 12 - 3 pm | Williams Farm Park​

Calling kids of all ages! Experience the thrill of sitting behind the wheel of fascinating community vehicles including the Fire Department's Monster Truck, a police car, street sweeper, dump truck and more! Face painting, children's crafts and our DJ spinning tunes guarantees the fun! We are doing a "Low Sensory Hour" for the first hour of the event. This is an opportunity for families with children who are anxious by loud sounds and blinking lights to attend the event without those effects.​​

Summer CarnivalSummer Carnival

May 31 - June 18​ | Mount Trashmore Park
Monday - Friday 5 - 10 pm; Saturday & Sunday 2 - 10 pm

​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. ​

Family Fishing ClinicFamily Fishing Clinic

Saturday, June 1 | 8 am - 1 pm | Munden Point Park

Age 5-14 with parent or guardian | Help your child(ren)​ tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by attending this free family fishing clinic. Team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction and beginning fishing skills. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait provided if needed. Lunch will be provided. Limited to the first 125 registered participants. Advance registration required.

Seatack Community DaySeatack Community Day

Saturday, June 1 | 10 am - 1 pm | Seatack Rec Center

This fun, family event is free and open to the public and will include activities such as bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, vendors, games, dancing, rock wall climbing, pool activities, kid's crafts, music and more!  We'll also welcome community partners and health vendors who will be sharing some great information and demonstrations.


Party at the PierParty at the Pier

Friday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) | 7 - 10 pm | Little Island Park

Kick off your shoes and join us for a beach concert in the sand​ with live music from ​Party Fins! Enjoy food trucks and plenty of dancing. ​Onsite parking is available and free after 5 pm. Parking is limited, so please carpool or rideshare if possible.​


July 4th CelebrationJuly 4th Celebration

Thursday, 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.​

RAD PartyRAD! Party

Saturday, July 27 | 6 - 10 pm | Bayside Rec Center

Ages 5 & up |  Join us for an evening jam packed with games, activities, and a variety of ongoing activities. • $5



Party at the PierParty at the Pier

Friday, August 23 (Rain Date: August 24) | 7 - 10 pm | Little Island Park

Kick off your shoes and join us for a beach concert in the sand​! Enjoy food trucks and plenty of dancing. ​Onsite parking is available and free after 5 pm. Parking is limited, so please carpool or rideshare if possible.​


Bow Creek Block PartyBow Creek Block Party

Saturday, September 28 | 11 am - 2 pm | Bow Creek Park

Come out to Bow Creek for this fun, free, family-friendly block party! A DJ will keep the party going while you play games, check out vendors and exhibitors, enjoy face-painting, and snack on yummy treats from local food trucks (food available for purchase).


Family Fishing ClinicFamily Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 5 | 8 am - 1 pm | Lake Smith Natural Area

Age 5-14 with parent or guardian | Help your child(ren)​ tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by attending this free family fishing clinic. Team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction and beginning fishing skills. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait provided if needed. Lunch will be provided. Limited to the first 125 registered participants. Advance registration required.

Ghoula PaloozaGhoula Palooza

Saturday, October 26 | 11 am - 2 pm | Great Neck Rec Center

Dress up your kids and pets to have a ghoulishly good time Trick-or-Treating through Great Neck Park. Frighteningly fun family fitness activities, crafts, inflatables, and more will ensure the entire family enjoys a beautiful - but spooky - day at the park!​


Santa's StockingSanta's Stocking ​Old Fashioned​ Craft Bazaar

November 2 & 3 | Princess Anne Rec Center​
November 16 & 17 | Kempsville Rec Center​​
9 am - 5 pm on Saturdays; 10 am - 4 pm on Sundays​

​Now in its 41st 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!​​​

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

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