​Virginia Beach Heats Up as Temperatures Cool Down

New Conventions + Returning Friends = Good Times at the Beach this September

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 2, 2014) – The ocean breezes have cooled, but the fun hasn’t stopped! Virginia Beach is squeezing the last drops from summer with a September lineup of multicultural musical events, art shows, an air show and an entire month of events celebrating the King of the Sea, King Neptune!


Blues, Hues & Loop-the-Loops

Boogey on down to Blues at the Beach (Sept. 5 to 6) and sway to two full days of live music. You can even learn to play your own tunes during one of the instrumental workshops, led by Natchel’ Blues Network personnel and festival performers.

The Shriners are Coming!

Since 1948, Virginia Beach has rolled out the red carpet for the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association in September. After their convention business is said and done (Sept. 3 to 7), these fun-loving folks will delight young and old with their highly anticipated parade. A beloved pastime for locals and visitors alike, the Shrine Parade features more than 50 units of mini cars, trucks, marching divisions and festive bands. Atlantic Avenue at 17th Street, Saturday, Sept. 6., beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Ladies 1st Inaugural International Women’s Summit

Celebrating women is the theme of this new conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (Sept. 10 to 13), featuring Grammy award-winning singer and motivational speaker Karen Clark Sheard. Women’s empowerment and wellness workshops, inspirational music, panel discussions, a fashion show, vendors and more. Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event.

95th Promenade Nationale - La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux

More than 600 members of this honor organization will be in Virginia Beach for their 2014 annual meeting (Sept. 23 to 27). Founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France, the Forty & Eight are committed to promoting the well-being of veterans and their families. A color guard competition, a children’s party and an awards ceremony will be highlights. This event is by invitation only.

Meet the Artists

Head up the road from the oceanfront to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) to meet the featured fall artists at the MOCA Fall Exhibition Opening Reception (Sept. 11). Sample fine fare and cocktails and enjoy live entertainment by the Christopher Newport University Jazz Combo, featuring students pursuing CNU's new Jazz Studies degree, plus admission to the museum’s new exhibits.

If you get your kicks from high-flying tricks, then prepared to be amazed by the dips and flips performed by the world-renowned Blue Angels and other aerial performers during the 2014 NAS Oceana Air Show (Sept. 20 to 21), hosted by Naval Air Station Oceana in partnership with the Navy Wounded Warrior/Safe Harbor program.

A Month of Neptune

Virginia Beach’s reigning King Neptune, King of the Sea, invites you to celebrate sun and fun throughout September. Kick it off with the 18th Annual Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival (Sept. 6 to 7), where visitors can sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, rieslings and more from Virginia's leading vineyards. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and take home a bottle of vino or two, while enjoying oceanfront views.

If you prefer your art served up with fresh salty air, then head to the Neptune Art and Craft Show (Sept. 26 to 28), held against the unbeatable backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. The show will feature more than 270 artisans displaying handmade works, from paintings and sculptures to photography and glasswork.  Browse the tents and displays on your way to the International Sandsculpting Championship (Sept. 26 to Oct. 5), where you’ll see world-class sculptors from around the globe creating incredible, towering works of art out of Virginia Beach sand.


Savor the tastes of Greece and Italy during the Mediterranean Weekend (Sept. 12 to 14) at either Town Center or the oceanfront. Town Center will play host to a Festa Italiana, featuring an outdoor stage in a beautiful urban setting that’s the perfect atmosphere for dining, singing and dancing to classic and modern Italian musical selections.  Pasta, pizza, wine and desserts will all be offered and cultural dance groups, bands and even grape stomping are sure to provide fun for all!

Across town at the oceanfront, 24th Street Park will host My Big Fat Greek Party with a feast of Greek cuisine prepared by authentic Greek chefs. Tantalize your sweet tooth by enjoying desserts and pastries, such as baklava, koulourakia and loukoumades during live musical performances. Join the dancers and learn how to move like a Grecian.  Kids can even compete in a Junior Olympics to win prizes.  

To learn more about Virginia Beach’s year-round offerings or to request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH.

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com)

Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at twitter.com/visitvabch, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachVA, Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitvabeach  and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.

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