Jackalope Festival in Virginia Beach

Jackalope Festival in Virginia Beach

Canada has hosted the world-famous Jackalope Festival for the past decade, but Micah Desforges, the festival founder, decided it was time for a thrilling change. The festival will appear in the United States for the first time in 2023. Get ready for some fun in the sun at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Local sports fans and active lifestyle enthusiasts are excited to welcome top athletes and festival-goers.

What the Jackalope Festival Entails

Festivals in Virginia Beach bring a level of energy like no other. Quench your thirst for thrills from June 2 through June 4, 2023. Friends and family can get together to enjoy unforgettable, adrenaline-boosting sports. Children under 10 receive free admission, and dogs are allowed on leashes. Get ready to enjoy this action-packed weekend with:

  • World-class competitions
  • Sport demonstrations 
  • Surf sessions with the community
  • Feasting at food trucks
  • Chilling in the beer garden
  • Dancing to live music on the beach
  • Shopping in pop-up shops
  • Meeting professional athletes

Sports Included

Get pumped for the ultimate gathering of Canadian and internationally famous athletes at the Jackalope action sports festival. Whether you are curious about sports or are a die-hard fan, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Men, women and children can all compete or spectate these high-energy sports:

  • Surfing
  • Skateboarding
  • Rock climbing and bouldering
  • Base jumping
  • Break dancing
  • Bicycle Motocross
  • Bungee jumping

About Virginia Beach 

Virginia Beach sports festivals bring the community together. The 28 miles of beachfront and three miles of boardwalk are top Virginia Beach attractions. You can hop on a trolley, rent a beach cruiser and ride a fishing charter at Rudee Inlet marine area. There is plenty of space for bicyclists and joggers and 40 blocks along the boardwalk near Atlantic Avenue's restaurants, bars and shops. Virginia Beach is proud to host one of Canadian culture's most exciting sports events. 

The city's history of outdoor sports like climbing and skating runs deep. Businesses like the local John Fudala Skate Camp and Latitude Climbing and Fitness can't wait to participate and share their love for sports with you. 

Make a Vacation Out of It 

Turn the Jackalope Festival of 2023 into a fun vacation. Make memories with Virginia Beach's top tourist attractions and local hot spots with friends and family. Plan an adventurous day riding go-karts at Motor World and zip lining through wetland ecosystems with Adventure Works Zipline. There are many other aquatic, historical and artistic activities in the city as well:

  • When you visit Virginia Beach, take a photo with the giant King Neptune bronze statue. This family photo op is at the entrance of Neptune Park on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. You can also learn about maritime heritage at the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum. 
  • Explore the Virginia Aquarium to look at live sharks, a giant sea turtle exhibit, a loggerhead turtle hatching lab and much more. This top aquarium in the country has over 300 exhibits. 
  • Tour the Cape Henry Lighthouse over the Chesapeake Bay on the Fort Story military base. 
  • Learn about aircraft machinery and view the most extensive private collection of war military aircraft at the Military Aviation Museum. You can also watch aircraft fly out of the Naval Air Station Oceana at the observation park. 
  • Enjoy unique flavors with the Virginia Beach Beer Trail from the Chesapeake Bay District to the Oceanfront. 
  • Art lovers can enjoy a stroll through ViBe Creative District & Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. 
  • If you like live entertainment, see a show at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Zeiders American Dream Theatre or Funny Bone Comedy Club. 

There is something for everyone at Virginia Beach.

Our Campground's Proximity to the Festival Site

Travelers come from all over to attend extreme sports festivals in the United States. Make your trip even more exciting when you vacation at Virginia Beach KOA Holiday. RV Sites, cabin lodging and tent camping provide an adventurous option for festival-goers. Our campground is the perfect place to stay because it is only 20 minutes away from the festival. Hop on a trolley located at our campground for a trip directly to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

Transportation provided at our campground gives you everything you need to visit the best spots in Virginia. Bayfront shuttle services and Hampton Roads Transit's VB Wave Trolley also take you from the campground to the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park and Rudee Inlet. You can fill your itinerary with outdoorsy nature trails. The south end of the Oceanfront is home to jet skiing, fishing charters, parasailing and waterside dining. 

Group Camping With Friends

Virigina Beach KOA Holiday is an ideal way to stay at Virginia Beach. Have fun before and after the extreme sports festival with everything we offer right on-site.

Splash in the water in one of our two amazing swimming pools, and have a blast with other aquatic activities like a giant water slide. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy basketball and volleyball. If you love games, we have those, too — giant chess, ping pong, horseshoes, corn hole, gaga ball and ladder toss to name a few. 

Zoom around the campground with a golf cart or bike and pedal cart rentals. You also will not want to miss events like music in the park with dancing on Saturday nights. Taste some delicious sundaes at ice cream socials or watch a movie under the stars with free popcorn. 

You can find several ways to stay with us as well: 

  • Tent Sites: Make memories around the fire ring, roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. Play card games at the picnic table and sleep in a tent surrounded by nature. This traditional camping experience comes with Wi-Fi, water and electric options, and nearby restrooms.
  • Cabin lodging: Stay in a Deluxe Cabin or a Camping Cabin. Deluxe Cabins have air conditioning, utensils, linens, bathrooms and other great amenities. Camping Cabins provide the comfort of a cozy bed and a more rustic, traditional camping experience.  
  • RV Sites: Stay on-site in your RV with convenient Pull-Thru and Back-In Sites. Gather around the fire ring for campfire songs or roasting s'mores. Our RV Sites provide easy access to the restroom, pool and playground. 

Book Your Stay With Group Lodging

When you attend the Jackalope extreme sports festival, stay at Virginia Beach KOA Holiday. The nearby attractions, transportation, activities and amenities provide the most memorable option for a fun weekend with family and friends. Download our list of local area attractions and check out our campground map today.

Call 800-532-4150 or book your reservation online today

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