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Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

September 1, 2023 

Dear Valued Tourism Partners: 

Welcome to September… Our industry is gearing up for a busy fall and we are ready to welcome our guests for our major festivals and events coming up from our newest race to the Shriners to Neptune Festival.  Thank you for rolling out the welcome mat throughout the year and finding creative ways to enhance our guest experience. 

To our beloved Mid-Atlantic Shriners, thank you for continuing to return to our destination each year at this time to conduct your annual business and to show Virginia Beach a good time. Your parade is a local favorite! Thank you for all you do to help the children. Find out more here.  

To those ready to celebrate the beach life by participating in one of the many Neptune Festival events, welcome! While September is full of Neptune Festival events and happenings, the Neptune Festival proudly offers more than 40+ events year round that bring the people of Virginia Beach and surrounding areas together. What makes this festival so unique is that while having fun, the events also benefit other non-profit organizations. For a complete listing of all of the festival’s events, click here.  

Congratulations to the CVB Sport Tourism Team on the news that the 2023 Tribu Jackalope Festival has been nominated by the readers of SportsTravel and is a finalist for a 2023 SportsTravel Award. This nomination can be found on the awards ballot that appears at Voting is open through September 8, 2023, vote and spread the word!

CVB Sales Activity and News: The M&C Sales and Services team is holding their annual retreat this week as they prepare for a very busy fall and the pending arrival of the Mid-Atlantic Shriners next week. 

This Labor Day weekend, Virginia Beach is poised to become an epicenter of athletic prowess and rich cultural celebration. The festivities commence with the Inaugural 2023 Virginia Beach 10-Miler, presented by J & A Racing. The excitement starts with a spirited 5K race and an oceanfront fiesta on Saturday, leading up to the marquee 10-mile race on Sunday. In tandem, the Virginia Beach Sports Center proudly welcomes the 2023 NABA Intercity Tournament. This isn't just another sports event; it's a vivid showcase of Filipino culture, highlighting diverse sports, from basketball and volleyball to badminton and bowling. For soccer aficionados, the wait is over! The 2023 International Super Cup promises thrilling moments at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex, the homegrown event will feature elite teams from both local and international landscapes. With an anticipated 7,000 athletes ready to perform, our venues are gearing up for a dynamic atmosphere. We're thrilled to culminate the summer season with a Labor Day weekend like no other, alongside all those who've chosen the charm of Virginia Beach. 

This week, the VBCC welcomed the Opioid Abatement Town Hall hosted by the City’s Human Services Department, and today opened the Expo & Packet Pickup for the inaugural Virginia Beach 10 Miler hosted by J&A Racing.  

This was a busy week for International Travel Writers in Virginia Beach as Kelli hosted journalists from the UK and Germany.  Pictured below is just one of the many posts on social media about kayaking with dolphins.  A big thank you to our incredible Tourism Partners for offering these great experiences!

Chartway Virginia Beach 10 Miler and 5k Debuts this Weekend - Speaking of warm welcomes, we are excited to host the new Chartway Virginia Beach 10 Miler and 5k over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Hosted by J&A Racing, the 5K takes place on Saturday morning, September 2, and the 10 Mile race takes place on Sunday morning, September 3. Race start time is at 7:00 am both days. Resort area businesses, guests, and residents will be impacted during the races. Please advise guests that there may be restricted access out of hotel parking lots and garages during the race period.  

  • The VBPD will work to allow vehicular access out, as deemed safe.  Saturday morning all roads are expected to be re-opened by 8:30 am. 
  • Sunday morning roads will begin reopening, as deemed safe by VBPD, with all roads expected to open by 11:00 am.

Find the Road Closure Notice and a map for Saturday here and Sunday here

September & October Brings Movie Nights to Virginia Beach Town Center - Looking for some free family fun on Saturday evenings this fall?  “MOVIES IN THE PLAZA” is a series of free outdoor movie screenings each Saturday night at sunset, beginning Saturday, September 2. The films will be presented on a large outdoor screen in the recessed area of the Town Center Fountain Plaza. Limited seating available and on a first come basis. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and prepare for an evening of family friendly fun. And remember, there is always free parking at Town Center. On movie night, the popcorn is FREE while it lasts! For more information and a list of the scheduled movies, click here. For more information about how you can explore all Town Center has to offer, click here.



The CVB Events Calendar for July 1 - December 31, 2023 may be found here. To view the Resort area entertainment schedule, click here. For Town Center events and activities, click here

My team and I are committed to you and our industry and are here to help any way that we can. Please let me know how we can assist you.

Nancy Helman 
CVB Director

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Note: Hotel occupancy data was not available at publishing; we will resume publishing when the data is available to us.

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