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Enhance your Virginia trip by including the Virginia Arts Festival. We have student opportunities galore!

Each year, Virginia Arts Festival brings dozens of student-friendly performances to Coastal Virginia - from Virginia Beach and Norfolk to Colonial Williamsburg. Genres span from American Songbook to Classical to Dance and Jazz. Past performers include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Kristin Chenoweth, and Renee Fleming. 

 Student tickets for many performances start at $10 and include on site parking for buses, meet and greets, and pre-performance opportunities. 

  • Customized pre-performance opportunities for choirs, bands, ensembles and dance groups
  • Discussions with artists, directors, and producers
  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Behind the scenes immersive learning experiences


World-class dance companies are a part of every year of the Festival. Past performances include Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theater, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Alvin Ailey. We ask every company to provide educational opportunities to local and traveling student groups through workshops, trainings, and master classes, and we offer pre- and post-performance opportunities for students. 


There are so many ways to create unforgettable learning experiences for your student groups. To learn more, email GroupSales@vafest.org or call 757-282-2819 today!

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Every April, we produce the Virginia International Tattoo and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations. During that same week, we work alongside our partners at Performing Arts Consultants to present the Virginia International Music Festival student band competition. Students groups from across the country gather to perform in a spectacular parade through one of Virginia's most beautiful cities, compete in adjudicated performances with other student ensembles from across the nation, experience the Tattoo, and then cap the weekend with a gala awards ceremony honoring their work. Throughout the weekend, you'll find learning opportunities for yourself and your students. Download the Virginia International Music Festival brochure here

Superb discounts available for student groups -- SAVE 25-50% off most performances:
Call 757-282-2819