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The picturesque shores of Virginia Beach are known for beautiful beaches, oceanfront attractions and fresh seafood restaurants. But don’t let a hidden gem go unnoticed amid the sunshine — the city’s thriving art scene. From vibrant street murals to eclectic art galleries to local artisans showcasing their crafts, take time to explore the diverse array of creativity around every turn.

The ViBe Creative District: Where Art Comes to Life

Just blocks from the Oceanfront is Virginia Beach’s artistic hub – the ViBe Creative District, a dynamic neighborhood brimming with all things creative. Historic buildings and contemporary storefronts form a vibrant community dedicated to fostering artistic expression. Stroll the charming streets and you’ll find an eclectic mix of studios, galleries, boutiques and eateries — all infused with the unmistakable energy of creativity.

One of the district’s standout features is its colorful display of larger-than-life murals, painted by local artists on building exteriors. Each brushstroke and splash of color tells a story, inviting you to pause and ponder the beauty behind their stories.

Museums and Galleries: Celebrating Artistic Talent

For a more traditional art experience, stroll a plethora of galleries showcasing the works of local, regional and international artists. From contemporary pieces to timeless classics, galleries provide a glimpse into the dynamic art scene of Virginia Beach. Many galleries also host regular exhibitions and events, providing opportunities for artists and art enthusiasts to connect.

During your art journey, don’t miss the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which features a collection of contemporary art across various mediums. The museum also presents the annual three-day Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show, one of the only outdoor art shows produced by an accredited museum, which brings nearly 200 artists from around the country.

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk: Art with a View

Another immersive way to experience art in Virginia Beach is by strolling the Boardwalk, three miles along the Oceanfront that feature a series of sculptures and installations that blend with the natural beauty of the coastline. From whimsical pieces that evoke a sense of wonder to thought-provoking works that spark conversation, these outdoor pieces invite you to engage with your surroundings in meaningful ways.

For example, it’s hard to miss the iconic statue of King Neptune. Made of bronze, it stands 34 feet high and majestically welcomes visitors to Neptune Park. In September, the annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival weekend features more than 200 artisans who display their pieces at the Art & Craft Show, while the International Sandsculpting Championship brings world-renowned sculptors who transform sand into stunning works of art right before your eyes.

Take a moment to immerse yourself in the city’s rich artistic tapestry and you’ll discover that in Virginia Beach, art isn’t just something you just see — it’s something you experience.