Winter Events in Virginia Beach

The Best Activities Between January and April

Don't let the colder seasons fool you. Long after the summer, our beach town remains a hub for an incredible selection of winter events in Virginia Beach. With local festivals happening directly on the boardwalk, you won't have to travel far when you stay at VBVR's Virginia Beach resorts. Plan a visit to Virginia Beach in the winter and take advantage of our Virginia hotel packages to save and explore even more.

Review our VA Beach Winter Guide below for our favorite events, from whale watching and Restaurant Week to activities during St. Patrick's Day weekend, happening between January and April of this year.

Virginia Beach Winter Activities

Virginia Beach Dining Events

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

Check out the culinary event of the year. Virginia Beach Restaurant Week spotlights the famed master chefs that make up the best Virginia Beach boardwalk restaurants and their culinary creations. Restaurant Week, which takes place February 20th-26th, is the best time for guests to discover the eclectic food stylings of Virginia Beach dining. With more than 90 restaurants participating, there are plenty of opportunities to experience seafood delicacies among local establishments.

When you stay at our Virginia Beach resorts, you're within walking distance to three participating restaurants: Catch 31, Mahi Mah's, and Salacia Prime Seafood & Steaks. Save even more by booking with our Virginia Beach Dining Packages.

February 20th-26th, 2017, $10 for 2-Course Lunches, $20 for 3-Course Dinners

East Coast She Crab Soup Classic

Don't worry if you can't attend Restaurant Week. Take advantage of the East Coast She Crab Soup Classic event in April. This outdoor festival features local restaurants competing for the best seafood cuisine and are determined by judges and attendees. In addition to a panel of critics who will choose their winner, guests are welcomed to enjoy samplings of the restaurant's own individual creations of the sea and vote for their favorites. With 20 seafood restaurants, bars and grills, and pubs that participated last year, this year is sure to bring even higher expectations.

April 8, 2017, 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM, 24th Street Park

St. Patrick's Day in Virginia Beach

The Shamrock Marathon Weekend

Take part in one of the biggest events during St. Patrick’s Day in Virginia Beach. The Shamrock Marathon Weekend is a lively celebration that combines a love for sports, giving back, and traditional Irish delicacies. Join the 30,000+ green-wearing runners in a variety of marathons located throughout the streets of Virginia Beach. Don’t sweat over your running abilities: Races and challenges are accommodated to all ages and skill levels. At the end of the final marathon, participants are welcomed to wrap up the weekend with a beach party, which includes live music, Yuengling beer, and Murphy’s Irish Stew. This three-day event continues a 44-year-old tradition in Virginia, showing runners and spectators throughout the country the scenic routes along the beautiful oceanfront.

The marathons are dedicated to many organizations and charities, including LIVESTRONG, Operation Smile, Access Child Foundation, and Noblemen, where proceeds help local children in need. Check out below to see when each race starts and register here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Norfolk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The 50th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade takes place this year on Saturday, March 18. Bring the entire family to this unforgettable event honoring St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and witness these monumental floats, featuring traditional sparkling green designs, rainbows, and leprechauns. You can see the excitement for yourself where the parade starts at Northside Middle School, located at the corner of Westmount Avenue and Granby Street. The parade continues north of Granby for 1.5 miles.

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in Virginia Beach without attending Norfolk’s After Parade Party. Starting at noon, enjoy live bands, food, and refreshments for free! Check out the parade route here.

Saturday, March 18, Corner of Westmount Ave., and Granby St., Norfolk, VA

Water Activities

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruises

Embark on an adventure with this truly unique experience among water activities and things to do in Virginia Beach during the winter. It's also a perfect activity for couple getaways or family vacations in Virginia Beach. The wildlife cruises brought to you by Rudee Tours take you along the Atlantic coast where you can witness whales, dolphins, and seals. Keep an eye out for humpback whales while relaxing on their safe, modern fleets. This educational journey is a great way to experience the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront even during the colder months.

Whale Watching schedule runs Saturday 1/4/17 through Sunday, 3/13/17