Special Events

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​​​​Earth Day ImageArbor Day Ceremony​

Friday, April 27 | 10 - 11 am
Kempsville Rec Center
Guests are welcome to come celebrate as Virginia Beach receives its 38th consecutive "Tree City USA" Award from the Virginia Department of Forestry. The "Tree City USA" award identifies the city as a community that has a proven commitment to an ongoing community forestry program. Mayor Will Sessoms along with representatives from the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach Beautification Commission, Virginia Beach Master Gardener Tree Stewards, and students from Kempsville Meadows Elementary School will also participate in the Arbor Day festivities.​

​​ Touch-a-Truck ImageTouch-a-Truck

Saturday, May 19 | 12 - 3 pm
Williams Farm Park and Rec Center
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! NEW THIS YEAR - 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 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. ​

​​ Family Fishing Clinic ImageFamily Fishing Clinic

Saturday, June 2 & October 6 | 8:30 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. Hot dog lunch included. Limited to the first 125 registered participants. Advance registration required and available beginning ​May 1.​

Clean the Bay DayClean the Bay Day

Saturday, June 2 | 9:00 am - 12 pm​
Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginia Beach tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to come together for a common cause - clean water.​ Help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in their mission to Save the Bay!


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

Fridays, June 15 & August 24 (Rain Dates: June 16 & 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 Buckshot (June) and The Rhondels (August)! Enjoy food trucks and plenty of dancing. Onsite parking is available and free after 5 pm.​

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.

Summer Carnival ImageMovie Night

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.​

Moana | Saturday, August 18 (Rain Date: August 19)
TBD | Saturday, September 15 (Rain Date: September 16)
​                                           TBD | Saturday, October 20 (Rain Date: October 21)

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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