ViBe - VB's Creative District

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Virginia Beach may be best known for miles of beaches, its iconic 3-mile-long boardwalk and laid-back coastal lifestyle. Just a few blocks back from the resort area, a renaissance of sorts is happening. Nestled within the oceanfront area is Virginia Beach’s own cultural arts enclave—The ViBe Creative District. Established on April 21, 2015 and encompassing 13 blocks between the Convention Center and the boardwalk, the ViBe is a non-profit initiative designed to foster creativity and community in Virginia Beach.

A hub for artists and spirits, roasters and restaurants, workouts and wares, museums and more, the ViBe is where the city’s creative businesses have set up shop to share their passion and inspire a sense of discovery in locals and visitors alike. The district boasts artisanal shops, art studios, vintage boutiques, luxury and antique furnishing specialists, a variety of culinary arts, a locals’ sub shop and even the Chesapeake Bay Distillery. 

While you can find all manners of artwork within the quaint shops and coffeehouses that comprise the area, the district is a work of art in and of itself. Look no further than the murals, most of which were done by local artists, that fill the ViBe with wonder and color and you’ll see exactly what I mean. To see all of these murals by foot makes for an easy, one-mile walking tour, that is a must for all who are visiting.

Whether you’re just passing through or a longtime resident, there’s always something special going on. Weekly and monthly events like the Old Beach Farmer’s Market, Art Market, Green Market, First Fridays and Second Saturdays give a taste of the town, bring homegrown ideas to life and allow you to be a part of entertainment and community art projects. Visit the 18th Street Parklet to see dozens of hand-painted fence murals created by local art students, amateur and professional artists. Take a walk on the wild side on one of four crosswalks designed by area artists and painted by the public. And be sure to keep an eye out for large-scale public art projects in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

A mix of East Austin and East Coast surf, the flavor here is 100% local. Beyond the boardwalk, a little off the main drag and a lot off kilter, The ViBe Creative District showcases the heart and soul of Virginia Beach.

Justin Ayars