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East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic

April 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm


24th Street Park
Food Vendors
No Pets Allowed

The 12th Annual East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic, scheduled for April 18 in oceanfront 24th Street Park, has been canceled due to concerns over public health as a result of COVID-19.

She-Crab Soup enthusiasts can look forward to the popular event’s return in 2021.

The City of Virginia Beach is following guidelines from the Virginia State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Live! on Atlantic’s top priority is the health and safety of all our patrons, restaurants, volunteers and staff.

If you purchased tickets through Ticketmaster you automatically will be refunded, and no action is required. Please note that your account will be refunded within 14 - 21 days. If tickets were transferred to you, the refund will go to the fan who originally bought the tickets from Ticketmaster.

Tickets remain on sale for other future Live! On Atlantic events. Updates to the Live! On Atlantic events program will be posted on and through social media, email and news outlets. Follow Live! On Atlantic on Facebook. Event information is also available by telephone through Virginia Beach Visitors Information Center Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 757-385 SURF (7873).

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The East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic focuses on one of Coastal Virginia’s most-loved seafood delicacies. This coastal cuisine has been a staple of area menus for decades.Restaurants serve their individual recipes and compete for People’s Choice Awards, determined by the ballots of those attending. Critic’s Choice Awards also are given by a panel of four leading regional cuisine experts. Live music from Steve Daley! Deeply discounted general admission sampling tickets are available in advance at General admission tickets may also be available at the Box Office on the day of the show, if available. We highly recommend getting your tickets early!After the early afternoon event, spend the day at the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront and the dozens of world-class restaurants. Along with the 3-mile Boardwalk, Virginia Beach is home to exciting attractions and activities including Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and some of the most scenic holes of golf on the East Coast.


The 2020 Restaurant List is still cooking. It will be ready soon!



Critics' Choice Award

1st Place: CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar

2nd Place: Murphy's Irish Pub

3rd Place: Irwin's Pharmacy & Fountain

Honorable Mention: Captain Groovy's Grill & Raw Bar; Ocean's 14 Restaurant & Bar; Norfolk Seafood Co. & Big Easy Oyster Bar

Peoples' Choice Award

1st Place: Murphy's Irish Pub

2nd Place: Calypso Bar & Grill

3rd Place: Ocean's 14 Restaurant & Bar

Honorable Mention: Irwin's Pharmacy & Fountain; CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar; Norfolk Seafood Co. & Big Easy Oyster Bar

The 2020 final list of participating restaurants is subject to change.



East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic Ticket Info

Sampling general admission ticket
- allows one soup sample per restaurant
- $15: available in advance from Feb. 7th for a limited time at Service fees apply.
- $20: available in advance until April 12th at Service fees apply. 
- $25: available in advance from April 13th to April 17th at Service fees apply. 
- $25: available in limited quantities at the Festival Box Office on Saturday.

There is a limit of eight tickets per purchase.
Tickets are subject to availability.


Know Before You Go

  • Festival Box Office opens one hour prior to gate opening.
  • Festival is held outdoors rain or shine. Festival may be suspended or postponed due to severe weather or in case of severe weather forecast.
  • No refunds.
  • Children 12 and younger who are not sampling and are accompanied by an adult are free.
  • Animals and beach chairs are not permitted in the tasting area, excluding Service Animals.
  • Picnic baskets are welcome.
  • No alcohol or glass may be brought into the Festival.
  • For the safety of all, Event Security may screen persons entering the Festival.
  • Festival guests may be photographed and videotaped for future promotional use.
  • These regulations do not alter or change State or City laws in any manner and guests are subject to all applicable State or City laws.
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