Boardwalk Art Show


Celebrating 61 years!

We’re celebrating our 61st year on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront!

The Boardwalk Art Show is produced by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a museum and arts organization that evolved from the art show itself. The show is nationally recognized from small beginnings in 1952 that to date attracts over 700 applications every year from artists around the country representing 13 fine art and contemporary craft mediums.  More than 250 artists and 250,000 tourists and locals attend the show that spans nearly 15 blocks along the Atlantic Ocean at the Virginia Beach oceanfront from 20th Street to 35th Street. This beautiful atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for public displays of art, fine food, live entertainment and a great vacation.

Proceeds from this event directly support the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and help fulfill our mission to provide thought-provoking art exhibitions and children’s art education programs. In the last decade, MOCA has provided exposure to the arts to over 100,000 children in Hampton Roads.

This year join us on the boardwalk to meet amazingly talented artists and see their work up close. While here, join in the fun at Family Fest or at the Beer Garden and enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend. If you’re looking for a special treat, purchase tickets to the Boardwalk Beach Club for a catered lunch, valet parking, private bathrooms and open bar. Whatever your interest, you’ll have a great time in Virginia Beach this Father’s Day weekend. We look forward to seeing you on the boardwalk!

2016 Art Show Hours:

20th to 35th Street on the Virginia Beach boardwalk

Thursday, June 16th noon-6pm
Friday, June 17th 10am-6pm
Saturday, June 18th 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 19th 10am-6pm

Proceeds from this event directly support MOCA and help fulfill the mission to provide thought-provoking,contemporary art exhibitions and children’s art education programs.

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Join us at the Boardwalk Beach Club! 

An 80' tented space along the Atlantic Ocean at 31st Street, is the premier locale for VIP's, sponsors and individuals to enhance their show experience.


2015 Artist Listing & Booth Locations
View 2015 Artist Booths via PDF here
View 2015 Boardwalk Art Show Map here 


2015 Saturday Family Fest
2015 Back Bay Brewing Beer Garden and free concerts  


History of Boardwalk Art Show
Plan Your Visit to Virginia Beach
Read more about how Virginia MOCA evolved from the art show

Get Involved

Sponsorship Opportunities
Donate to the Prize Fund 


Purchase Beach Club Tickets 

Check out Sunshine Artist Magazine for more information on outdoor art shows!