Annual event over Father's Day weekend
In 1952, a small group of artists presented an outdoor art show at the boardwalk, with the proceeds benefiting a fellow artist who had fallen ill. Those artists later formed an organization which is today the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). In 1956, the first official Boardwalk Art Show was held. Top prize was $25 and 104 artists participated. Today, Best in show wins $7,500 and the Boardwalk show is ranked as on of the top 100 outdoor art shows in the country.
Annual Event in November
A beautiful autumn day awaits you on on the first Sunday of November at our annual House of Blues and Brews, taking place in MOCA’s outdoor sculpture garden. Enjoy live music, stews by some of the area’s most renowned chefs, and beer tasting. Proceeds benefits MOCA’s spring/summer exhibitions.
Download MOCA's outdoor sculpture map and enjoy a leasiure self-guided tour on our park-like grounds. To see all that Virginia Beach has to offer, download the Virginia Beach Public Art Guide sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs.