May 14, 2008


WASHINGTON REDSKINS BEACH BLITZ -- Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. and 31st Street Park / 800-822-3224 or go to redskins Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. The event includes autograph sessions and clinics with players, coaches and cheerleaders; games; a barbecue dinner buffet; live music; and more. Prices vary.


HARDEES' LATIN FEST -- 24th Street Park / June 6-7. Times vary. The oceanfront gets a big dose of Latin flavor at this event, which includes food and live music. The Festival Marketplace holds a variety of arts, crafts and other goods from many countries. Mostly free.


STARS AND STRIPES EXPLOSION -- 20th Street and 17th Street, 24th Street and Neptune's parks / beach Event begins at 7 p.m. July 4. There will be a lot more than just fireworks at this Independence Day celebration. Revolution -- A Beatles Tribute, Satisfaction -- A Rolling Stones Experience, Symphonicity (Virginia Beach's symphony orchestra) and the Virginia Beach Chorale perform. Free.

CHALK THE WALK ARTSPLOSION AND 17TH STREET ART FESTIVAL -- 24th Street / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26. The art festival includes a variety of artwork from regional artists. Items include paintings, clay works, jewelry, mosaics, photography and more. ARTsplosion allows everyone to become artists by opening the boardwalk for chalk drawing. This year's theme is "Totally Television!" Free.


VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Fifth, 13th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 31st Street stages / 410-547-7328 or go to tick Aug. 29-31. Times vary. Thirty music groups, including nationally renowned artists, perform. All concerts are free, except for those held at the Fifth Street stage. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.


BLUES AT THE BEACH -- 17th Street Park / Sept. 12-14. Times vary. This event features some of the most prominent local and national blues artists. Free.

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