Sunday, December 10, 2023

Before heading out to ‘Something in the Water’ this weekend, here’s what you need to know

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of Something in the Water)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of Something in the Water)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The ‘Something in the Water’ festival weekend is fast approaching and the city pulled together a list of things you need to know.

Included here is information about shuttles, parking, road closures, building closures and more.

Be in the know

  •​​ and the Something in the Water app (download from Google Play or iTunes stores) will be the central source for news and updates.​
  • Text SITW to 226787​ to subscribe to text alerts from the City of Virginia Beach. Get instant notifications of emergencies and updates.
  • ​Like last year, information is being mailed to residents and businesses in the 23451 zip code.
  • Organizers are working with businesses, civic leagues and management associations to maintain access for businesses and residents near the festival footprint along Atlantic Avenue. Documents are posted under “Related Information.” Direct any access-related questions to​.

Regional shuttles

Fest Drive will be offering shuttles from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Richmond, Durham North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Portsmouth and Suffolk for single day and three-day passes.

To buy tickets and find out more information, click here.

More info


To facilitate preparations for the festival, including construction of the festival stage and other infrastructure, be aware of the following activities:

  • Closing boardwalk/bike path at 10th Street (parallel with the south edge of the 10th Street connector park)
  • Closing beach (enforced at mean high tide mark) 10th to 2nd Streets starting today (Monday, April 22) at 5 p.m.
  • Open until Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. – The 1st to 2nd Streets beach and surfing area, Grommet Island Park and Rudee Walk as well as supporting on-street parking at Rudee Loop.
  • Open until Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. – Oceanfront Area Library. It will reopen Monday, April 29.
  • Beach Access
    • Residents and visitors are encouraged to take the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk north to the 10th Street connector park to access the boardwalk, shared use path and 31 blocks of Resort area beach from there throughout the Festival.

The festival also released its schedule of performances:

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