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.
A three-day series of free concerts is presented on a stage built right on the beach at 30th Street. Evening concerts on Friday give way to a full day of entertainment on Saturday and more daytime concerts on Sunday.
Thursday’s “Opening Night” concert is a ticketed event at Neptune’s Restaurant.
Thursday, May 15 (PRE-EVENT PARTY)
7:30pm-10:30pm, Craig Woolard at Neptune’s Restaurant (ticketed event)
Friday, May 16 (free - on the beach at 30th Street)
7:30pm-10:30pm, The Entertainers
Saturday, May 17 (free - on the beach at 30th Street)
Noon-2:00pm, Coolin’ Out
2:30pm-4:30pm, Fantastic Shakers
5:00pm-7:00pm, Ammon & the Allstars
7:45pm-10:30pm, The Tams
Sunday, May 18 (free - on the beach at 30th Street)
Noon-3:00pm, Steve Owens & Summertime
3:30pm-6:00pm, Band of Oz
The car show feature turns the boardwalk into a local version of “Route 66,” with cars and trucks from yesterday and today competing for trophies and Best in Show cash prizes.
Individuals from throughout the region will display their autos. Hot rods, street machines, classic cars, and more will line the Virginia Beach boardwalk for several blocks, where thousands of car enthusiasts and families can view the vehicles in a beautiful beach setting.
The car show will be on Saturday, May 18, from 10:00am-4:00pm.
The festival atmosphere is enhanced with beer and food served in tents on the sand alongside a sea of beach chairs and dancing couples! Boardwalk sponsors and vendors overlook the beach, luring visitors from the boardwalk into the fun and sun at Beach Music Cruise-In! A giant 20-foot inflatable jukebox on the beach towers over the fun as festival-goers kick off their shoes and dance their cares away on the sands of Virginia Beach.
Beach Music Cruise-In is the winner of the 2011 Industry Appreciation Award ("CAMMY") from the Carolina Beach Music Association.
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