Bring your group to enjoy the 2014 Virginia Arts Festival

James City County * Newport News * Norfolk * Portsmouth * Virginia Beach * Williamsburg

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Come experience the wonder of Coastal Virginia; we have made it easy for you to plan your group trip. There are worlds to explore in the performances of the 2014 Virginia Arts Festival: music that conjures indelible images of times past and places never before seen; dance that evokes eras and emotions; theater that carries us to medieval forests and god-shrouded back streets of Victorian London. As you watch and listen to the world premiere performance of the Festival-commissioned new score for the epic 1925 film Ben-Hur, created by The Police drummer and composer Stewart Copeland, you’ll feel the sand fly beneath the furious wheels of the chariots. In Jasmine Guy’s theatrical marvel Raisin’ Cane, and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s’ triumphant return, you’ll step into Saturday-night elegant clubs and lay hands on Sunday’s sun-warmed brick of churches bursting with spirit. Virginia International Tattoo will honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families with an astounding display of patriotism, international cooperation and international music. You’ll hear towering virtuosos like the Israel Philharmonic, violinist Joshua Bell, and jazz pianist Chick Corea; celebrate the gifts of our own great Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ heroic Alpine Symphony and the spectacular Virginia Opera’s staging of Stephen Sondheim’s triumphant Sweeney Todd. And, you’ll discover brilliant artists from around the world, here in your own home towns.

So many stories to be shared, memories to be made…please join us!

Packages and Savings

From day trips to overnight visits to full weekend getaways - our packages are unique and worth the travel. Let us help you combine the wonder of the arts with deluxe accommodations, restaurants, shopping and attractions.
Plan your Festival Getaway now - Groups of 15 or more enjoy special savings.

Dinner and a Show!

A perfect pair and a perfect complement to your Arts Festival performance – dinner and a show! Enjoy a spectacular meal at select Festival Friendly restaurants - it's easy! Just make your reservations and you will receive premium reservation times (you don't want to be late for the performance). Festival Friendly restaurants offer added goodies such as complimentary appetizers, desserts and special discounts.

Tour Suggestions

Call us for tour suggestions for individuals and/or groups.

Performing Groups

Performance and Education Events -
Student Groups Learn and SAVE!
For the 18th consecutive year, the Virginia Arts Festival brings great music, dance, and theater to stages throughout Coastal Virginia. Students receive discounted tickets, plus can take part in Festival master classes, matinees, and artist workshops. You are sure to find a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for your student group at the 2014 Virginia Arts Festival.


Top 10 reasons to choose Virginia Arts Festival for your next Group event:

  1. The Virginia Arts Festival loves groups! Let us assist you with planning your trip. Along with helping you book your performance tickets, we can assist you with your itinerary, hotel accommodation, restaurant recommendations and attraction listings. We aim to please!
  2. Since we are so pleased to have your group attending the Virginia Arts Festival, we would love to greet you and welcome you when your bus arrives. Please ask for this service at the time of your booking so we can make sure we have you scheduled.
  3. With 850 international performers including many of your favorite groups from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the Virginia International Tattoo is truly a perfect show for groups of all ages and interests! The 2014 Tattoo will thrill with music, majesty, and might!
  4. Get a group of friends together and come to dinner and see a show! We have many packages to select from to ensure you have a wonderful time.
  5. Discounts are available for groups of 15 and more. Adult group rates represent savings of up to 15% and student group prices are 25-50% off full ticket prices (unless otherwise noted).
  6. VIP Ticketing Service - The Virginia Arts Festival is pleased to offer this service, so whether your group has difficulty with stairs, or you're working on a student budget, we will assist in finding and holding the right seats for your group.
  7. Bus groups receive complimentary tickets for driver and escort when at least 25 tickets are purchased.
  8. Parking and Drop-Off/Pick-Up - We provide you and/or your bus driver with information on dropping off and picking up your group as well as available parking at each venue.
  9. We have student performance opportunities galore – from master classes, to matinees, to workshops – you are sure to find an educational opportunity perfect for your group.
  10. Virginia Arts Festival will fill your nights with great performances. You can fill your days with discovery - museums brimming with art, streets and ships filled with history, beautiful beaches and waterways.

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"Thank you! What an incredible show, I loved every minute of the Tattoo, and my group was 'blown away!' We will be back next year."
-Joseph Hodge, Kaleidoscope Adventures, Orlando, Florida

"This year's performance was the most outstanding that I have ever attended."
-Anne N. Phillips, Phillips Destination Management


For more than a decade, the Virginia Arts Festival has brought great artists from around the world to the cities and communities of Hampton Roads, making this historic, recreation-rich region a center for culture and the arts. Considered one of the premiere cultural events in the mid-Atlantic, the Virginia Arts Festival showcases performing artists and companies from around the world, presenting more than 80 performances, events and education programs to guests over seven spectacular weeks.