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Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend 2021

Beach getaway with lots of live music, delicious food, and entertainment


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Virginia Beach is a perfect destination to spend the last days of summer by the ocean, enjoying live music, beach volleyball, and succulent seafood. Take a bike ride on the Broadwalk, try some fresh blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay, or take a cruise to spot playful sea mammals.

American Music Festival (September 4–6,2020)

Being the annual Labor Day tradition, American Music Festival brings rock, country, R&B, and jazz to the oceanfront of Virginia Beach. The three-day festival is one of the largest music events on the East Coast, with major headliners playing on the 20th Street stage, erected right on the beach. Other stages are located in nearby parks and along the boardwalk, on 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets, and feature local artists. Dating back to the 1990s, American Music Festival is one of the longest-running annual outdoor beachfront music events. Past lineups of the festival included stars like Sheryl Crow, Chicago, ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels Band, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Boys II Men, En Vogue, George Duke, and The Rippingtons.

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon (September 5–6, 2020)

The Labor Day Weekend in Virginia Beach is a perfect idea for a runcation. Feel the ocean breeze while running on the Boardwalk, discover the beautiful landscapes and beaches, enjoy lots of live music and cheering crowds along the course. Runners can choose between half marathon and 5 K distances. 10,000 people run this flat and fast course every year. The starting line is located on 14th Street&Pacific Avenue.

Bike Rides

The long Virginia Beach stretching along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean suits perfectly for a leisurely bike ride with the whole family. You can rent a wide tire bike to ride right on the beach. The easiest option is to take a 3-mi trail on the oceanfront Boardwalk. Other popular bike destinations include picturesque First Landing State Park with its 7,5-mi Cape Henry Trail and a beautiful lighthouse, Little Island Park Trail, and False Cape State Park.

Dolphin Watching

Labor Day Weekend is the last time when you can spot playful dolphins on Virginia Beach, as most dolphin cruises run between late May and early September. Dolphins swim alongside a boat, jump out of the water, and show off acrobatic stunts. Sunset tours depart at 7 pm from Dockside Seafood & Fishing Center in Virginia Beach. A 1.5-hour cruise runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

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