Virginia Beach KOA Events

2017 Weekend Themes

Here's a list of our 2017 weekend activity themes so you can plan your camping trips around your favorites. We encourage you to participate in the fun by bringing theme-related costumes and/or decorations for your site or cabin!

Activities Calendar - April 13-16, 2017

We're planning a hoppin' good time for our guests who are here on Spring Break/Easter Weekend!

Each weekend in season features a variety of fun, family-oriented themes, activities, and entertainment. Activity schedules will be posted here and on our Facebook page at

Virginia International Tattoo

The Virginia International Tattoo, long regarded as the most patriotic of the world's great military tattoos, is a massive performance featuring a cast of 900+ from around the world. Performing groups include military bands, bagpipers, drill teams, dancers, choirs and more. The Virginia International Tattoo is the largest tattoo in the United States and thrills and inspires audiences young and old each spring.

Sonrise Music Festival

The oceanfront will come alive with the sounds of “positive/alternative” music. This completely family-friendly event will feature Christian/positive artists offering a variety of musical genres, including well-known national recording artists like Matthew West, Plumb, and Manic Drive, as well as local bands. The event concludes on Sunday at 10am with a church service conducted by Reality Church of Virginia Beach.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. This popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados. “Colors in the Sky” is the theme that participants will explore in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival's “Best Kite Contest.”

Virginia International PAN Fest

The Virginia International PAN Fest is a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival's casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ages who are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music! Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend.

Monsters on the Beach

Monsters are taking over the beach at Monsters on the Beach!  This wildly-popular event brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as monster trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! This family-targeted event is loud, fast, and exciting. A course is built right on the beach at 6th Street, with bleachers overlooking from the boardwalk. Sand dunes and junk cars combine to make the race course fast and fun for drivers and spectators alike. This is a ticketed event, with prices designed to fit the family budget.  Each of the four shows is approximately two hours in length.

Care Camps Big Weekend / Mother's Day Weekend

Stay at Virginia Beach KOA...Pay for Friday, May 12 and get Saturday, May 13 for only $10!  All proceeds from camping fees go to support KOA Care Camps which provide a camping experience to children who are undergoing cancer treatment. We'll be incorporating Mother's Day and our annual Home Educator's Appreciation into this jam-packed special weekend!

6th Annual Home Educators Appreciation Weekend

Virginia Beach KOA loves homeschoolers! Since you make many sacrifices, we want to honor you by giving you a get-away weekend… with a special deal, plenty of fun for all ages, and a chance to build some great family memories. Not a home educator? That's OK—all campers are welcome to join in the fun!

Beach Music Cruise-In

Beach Music Cruise-In, combining bands on the beach and cars on the boardwalk, blends the best of the “oldies” with dancing under the stars in a jam-packed blast to the past!  Settle into the sand as the top Beach Music bands from up and down the East Coast descend on the Virginia Beach oceanfront in a nostalgic salute to the “good old days” of cool cars and hot tunes.  Stroll the boardwalk to view classic cars, hot rods, antiques, and more.

DIGS Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball players take over the campground this weekend! Spectators are welcome to come and watch:  $8 per person entry fee at the gate goes to KOA Care Camps, which give a camping experience to children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Participants register at

Pirate Party on the Beach

The Pirate Party on the Beach returns to the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront for two rollicking days of music, mayhem, and more!  This family-friendly event features activities designed to bring out the “pirate” in everyone.  Costume contests, games, a treasure hunt, and pirate re-enactors all combine to celebrate those scallywags we all wish we could be: pirates.

Salute to Summer

Salute to Summer is an unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the men and women of the military who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history.Enjoy free entertainment on three outdoor stages featuring live music by local and regional bands.The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 16th to 32nd Streets. Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by.

Patriotic Festival

The Patriotic Festival celebrates the military at The Virginia Beach Oceanfront for three days of national touring artists concerts, military expos and displays. The Concerts will be at 5th Street and Oceanfront Friday and Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon.The USO Military Expo Village at 17th Street & Oceanfront will showcase the mission, equipment and personnel through exhibits, demonstrations and displays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15th Street to 20th Street. All branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be participating.

Hardee's Latin Fest

For two days, Virginia Beach celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience. Latin Fest possesses the key ingredients of good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music. National performers electrify the diverse audience with high-energy tunes that move the crowd to dance under the stars. Local and regional Latin acts take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz.  Headline performances will take place on a giant stage on the beach at 24th Street.Spend your Saturday morning at the Zumba Marathon, where dozens of the area's finest instructors will be ready to show you some of their favorite moves.

Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll

A beach-inspired variation on “Woodstock," with national and regional tribute artists covering songs from some of the greatest rockers in history.

Stars & Stripes Explosion

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on July 4! Scheduled live entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to tribute bands, and naturally, fireworks!

Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion

Chalk the Walk takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk as hundreds of artists and “wanna-bes” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color!

East Coast Surfing Championships

The Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships is a major professional and amateur event for the East Coast. Each year, several hundred surfers from Menehunes to Masters compete for East Coast surfing titles, prizes, history and the sheer love of surfing. Other beach oriented sports and recreation include volleyball, a boardwalk 5K run, street skate and ramp contests, swimsuit contests, food and drink concessions, and live music on the beach.

FunkFest Beach Party featuring Africana Virginia Beach

The FunkFest Beach Party is the heart and soul of this weekend event, featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players. Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid-to late-1960's when African-American musicians blended soul music, soulful jazz, and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk music was a major influence on the development of 1970's disco music, and has even impacted house music and hip-hop.

American Music Festival

The American Music Festival is a celebration of music of all genres. This festival, held annually at various stages along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk, features three days of music, dozens of vendors, and over 20 national, regional, and local bands. Many of the concerts are free and open to the public.

Rock 'n Roll Marathon

Come for this annual tradition which features a half marathon and several other events.  Stay at KOA for this event--the Marathon route goes around Virginia Beach KOA property, so your family and friends can cheer you on as you pass by! Show us your race registration and we'll give you a 10% discount!

Neptune Festival Events

The Neptune Festival culminates in a variety of annual favorites, including Boardwalk Weekend, Art and Craft Show, Grand Parade, 8K and 5K Runs, Hometown Heroes, Youth Art Show, Fall Wine Festival, Fireworks Extravaganza, Atlantic Regatta, Volleyball Tournament, Youth Art Show, Sandsculpting, and much more. Visit the website for details and schedules.

Devon Grube Memorial BBQ Classic

This event is a tribute memorial for Devon Grube, a highly decorated US Navy SEAL who lost his life in December 2016. Devon was a great father, husband, son, friend, and inspiration to thousands. Devon leaves behind his wife Margie and 3 young children.

This event will raise funds for the Grube family and Operation Once in a Lifetime in support of Families of Fallen Service Members. It will host many Kansas City BBQ Association competitors from around the nation who specialize in award-winning ribs, brisket, pork, and chicken. This 3-day event will include plenty of food, fun, and music with special artists performing.

5th Annual Fall Festival at KOA

An annual weekend of family-friendly fall fun, right at the KOA Campground! Includes fall games and crafts, pumpkin picking, hay wagon rides, Glow Costume Party, and more.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival

Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival.  Tickets include unlimited sampling, a commemorative cup, and live entertainment.

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Watch for a special Hot Deal at Virginia Beach KOA in 2017 so you can come and visit the spectacular Holiday Lights at the Beach!  Presented by Liberty Tax Service, the lights bring joy and wonder to Hampton Roads every holiday season! Take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk.  Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach.  They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

Holiday Parade at the Beach

Join us for the Holiday Parade at the Beach, where over 90 parade units make their way down Atlantic Avenue in a joyous celebration of the holiday season. Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages!  Best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance to greet all his loyal fans as the evening winds down and thousands of families take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront!