There is the Rock-N-Roll 1/2 Marathon, August 31 for runners, and the American Music Festival, August 29-31, which runs up and down the boardwalk with lots of stages and a crazy selection of bands and musicians. Some headlining acts require tickets to get to the stage area, but they are all open air shows right on the beach. Plenty of other great bands can be seen free of charge.
Headlining this year are the B-52's with the Motels, Billy Idol, and Morris Day and the Time with Bel Biv Devoe...I KNOW! It gets better, for free...Eddie Money, WAR, Los Lobos and Warrant, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, just to mention a few. A regular throwdown on the beach with plenty of room.
It's a great time for anyone. The City of Virginia Beach takes pride in maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. Y'all come down.