Last Night on the Town Virginia Beach 2016
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Ring In 2017 during Virginia Beach’s “Last Night on the Town”

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Pembroke Mall and The Town Center of Virginia Beach

Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town,” the City of Virginia Beach’s premier New Year’s Eve event!

The festivities kick off mid-afternoon at Pembroke Mall with family entertainment by Magical Solutions, Inc., including a children’s countdown and balloon drop at 5:00 PM. Enjoy an amazing performance by Krendl, the world renowned escape artist who will return to Last Night on the Town from the world tour of Broadway’s The Illusionists.

The fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music on multiple stages. Opening acts include Borderline Crazy in the Fountain Plaza, with B.J. Griffin & The Galaxy Groove and Jesse Chong kicking off the party on the main stage. This year’s headline band is national recording artist Smash Mouth! A midnight countdown with a spectacular laser light show, fireworks, and Virginia Beach Ball Drop will ring in 2017.

All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. A separate, ticketed VIP Party hosted by the Central Business District Association will be held stage side in a heated tent, providing VIP guests with the best views of the festivities!

Town Center and Pembroke merchants, hotels and restaurants will offer New Year’s Eve rates and specials. WVEC-TV and BOB FM will broadcast live from the event. Free parking will be available for all attendees in the Town Center garages, with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall.

Last Night on the Town is presented by the Central Business District Association in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.

Check these hotels for special rates when making your reservation!

Hotels outside of Town Center will run shuttles to and from the event throughout the night.


Hotel Address Phone
The Virginia Beach Westin at Town Center

Add a little luxury to ring in 2017 when you book our New Year’s Eve package featuring:

  • Guest room facing the Town Center fireworks
  • Champagne and chocolate truffles upon arrival
  • Selection of party favors
  • Full hot breakfast for two (2) on January 1

Stay one night for $399 – Book Now

Stay two nights for just $80 more – Book Now

4535 Commerce St  Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757.557.0550
Hilton Garden Inn at Town Center

Ring in 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center! Enjoy our Bed & Breakfast package, which includes a hot breakfast buffet for two in our Garden Grille, or book one of our other rate options to suit your needs. Choose from a standard room with a king or two queen beds, our deluxe whirlpool king room, or one of our one-bedroom king suites. Our Garden Grille & Bar serves dinner as well, and will be open from 5-10pm to help you start your New Year’s Eve celebration with a delicious meal and beverages. Our staff wishes you a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and a prosperous 2017! For pricing and information, please click here.

252 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757.326.6200
Crown Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center

Enjoy complimentary round trip shuttle service to Town Center from the Crown Plaza.  Book your stay early for the best rates. Breakfast included. – Book Now

4453 Bonney Rd  Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757.473.1700
The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Conference Center

The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach – Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center invites you to ring in 2017, or enjoy the whole last weekend of the year with award-winning accommodations for two, breakfast for up to two in Ashley’s Restaurant the next morning, and a 2:00pm check-out on New Year’s Day!  Package is available 12/30/16—1/1/2017!  Click the link for rate information and to book your room online!

5655 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757.499.4400
 Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Last Night on the Town Package

Starts at $125 plus taxes per night  – includes bay view suite double/double – includes shuttle to/from Town Center  – and 2pm check out on January 1, 2017 – Book Now

2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451  757.481.9000

A number of Pembroke and Town Center restaurants will be offering New Year’s Eve specials. Contact each restaurant for more information.

Town Center

  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana – Beginning December 30 enjoy two courses from a select menu starting at $23.95. Click here to make your reservation.
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Confetti Caffe – Open until Midnight! Stop in for crepes, gelato, hot chocolate, hot sandwiches, hot coffee, salads and peppermint bark!
  • The Daily Grind – Warm up at the Daily Grind! Enjoy 10% off 12 ounce coffee bean signature blends, $2 for a cup of small hot chocolate, and 10% off adult beverages.
  • Gordon Biersch – Come in for great food, great beer, and a great time with a photo booth, DJ, party hats and horns, and a champagne toast at midnight!
  • Interlude at the Westin
  • Jimmy John’s – Drinks are on us! To help celebrate Last Night on the Town, purchase any sub or club and get a regular free drink for FREE, 3:00 PM until close on December 31, 2016. Offer good in store only at the Town Center Jimmy John’s at 4500 Main Street.
  • Keagan’s – Enjoy live music and a special New Year’s Eve dinner for two $60!
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – The dining room will be open until 11:00, drinks and food available at bar until 12:30.
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • The Royal Chocolate – Stop in for some yummy treats and HOT chocolate! Open until midnight.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will be serving dinner from 4:00 -10:30 PM on New Year’s Eve. Reservations recommended! Enjoy a beverage and an exceptional view of the festivities from the Ruth’s Chris bar and patio overlooking Town Center’s Fountain Plaza and the main stage!
  • Saffron Indian Bistro
  • Simply Fresh Café and Market – The closest place to the main stage for food and drink! Join us for one of our New Year’s Eve Specials! A bubbly tasting which includes 3 sparkling wine and appetizer pairings for just $20 per person; or dinner featuring a cup or shrimp and lobster bisque, mixed greens salad with champagne dressing, spicy shrimp mac & cheese, and a glass of house chardonnay, Cabernet or sparkling wine for $25 per person. Serving until 11:00 PM, reservations recommended.
  • Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro
  • Tupelo Honey Café – $3 Bloody Mary service begins at 9:00 AM New Year’s Day.  Brunch reservations accepted.
  • Twist Martini Bar – Chef Jeff is preparing a 3 course menu for New Years Eve and it looks fantastic! Click here to make a reservation while seating is still available.
  • Yard House
  • Zushi

Pembroke Mall

Many of the Town Center and Pembroke Mall retailers are offering New Year’s Eve specials during Last Night on the Town. Stop in at the stores below for special offers.


Pembroke Mall Retail and Restaurant Directory

Town Center Retail, Restaurant and Hotel Directory


Brooks Brothers – Shop the Semi-Annual Sale on their most popular styles.

Cold Stone Creamery – Will party all night! Open until 12:30 AM – stop in for your first ice cream of the new year!

Just Cupcakes – Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Just Cupcakes. We’ll be offering festive cupcakes pared with champagne or our red velvet hot chocolate. Two cupcakes and a split bottle of champagne for 2 will be $20.

Sumatra Salon & Spa – Countdown to the New Year and SAVE! Sumatra is offering $20.17 off all services over $100, December 26-31. book your appointment now! Sumatra is located in the heart of Town Center at 232 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Call 757-456-9900.


Is this an all ages event?
Yes, bring the entire family!
Event time?
Last Night on the Town begins at 2pm and ends at 1am.
Are there free places to park?
Yes! Free parking in all town center parking garages and at Pembroke mall.  Check parking locations here
Are there accommodations?
Yes! Our Hotel Partners are ready to check you in!
What if it rains?
This is a rain-or-shine event. Make plans to have a terrific evening, no matter what the weather!
Will businesses in the area be open?
Mall businesses will close at 6pm. Most Town restaurants will remain open all night. Most shops will remain open until 10pm. Many retailers will stay open during the event. However, final determination on store hours the night of the event will be decided by each individual business owner.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, but for safety reasons no pets will be allowed inside the event area. Service animals trained to assist disabled persons will be allowed into the event.
Are cameras allowed at the event?
Yes! Take lots of pictures, and share your favorites. Tag us on Facebook (Last Night on the Town), follow us on Twitter  (@lastnightonthetown) and flickr (vbcityphotographs) “Last Night set” , and hashtag us with images on Instagram (#lastnightonthetown)
What items can I NOT bring into the event area?
The following items CANNOT be brought into the event area:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Backpacks of any kind
  • Food or beverage of any kind
  • Alcohol (beer, wine, and champagne will be sold at the event)
  • Containers or coolers of any kind
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles (exceptions for people with mobility limitations)
  • Bicycles
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Instruments and laser pointers
  • Picnic baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • No illegal vending is permitted—no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed

Additional General Information

Access Options

Special parking for disabled individuals is available. These spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying state-issued (any state) disability placards or license plates. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Accessible restrooms will be available. Service animals trained to assist disabled persons will be allowed into the event.


Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all event attendees. To ensure this, there will be on-site security provided by local police. If you’re experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate an event staff member or police officer.


Taxi/Car Services

Stay safe! Book a room at one of the nearby hotels, or call for a ride home:

Black and White Cab – 757.855.7528

All City Cab Company – 757.428.8294

Yellow Cab of Virginia Beach – 757.460.0605

Alba Taxi – 757.425.2522

Eagle Taxi Cab – 757.705.2727




The Central Business District Association is hosting a stage-side, tented and heated VIP Party from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission includes  2 drink tickets, cash bar, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, access to VIP restrooms, great food, and fun, with premier viewing of the main stage, fireworks display, ball drop and laser light show.   

VIP guests must be 21 years or older. VIP catering provided by Catherine’s Catering. Tickets are non-refundable. Event will be held rain or shine.


Musical Performers

Smash Mouth Band Press Photo

Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth – Headline Act

Smash Mouth was formed in 1994 in San Jose, California. The band is composed of Steve Harwell (vocals), Paul De Lisle (bass), Michael Klooster (keyboards), Jason Sutter (drums), and Sean Hurwitz (guitar). After playing a summer festival with No Doubt and Beck, Smash Mouth decided to record an album, Fush Yu Mang, released in July 1997.  The band was subsequently signed by Interscope, which released “Walkin’ on the Sun” as the band’s first single. “Walkin’ on the Sun” became a number one modern rock hit and pushed the album into the Top 40.

The follow-up album, Astro Lounge, was released in 1999, generating the hit “All Star”.  A collection of early material, East Bay Sessions, also appeared that same year. The band’s work of the early 2000s including albums Smash Mouth (2001) and Get the Picture? (2003) pleased fans of sparkling pop music. The group also contributed numerous tracks to a variety of motion pictures, most notably their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” (from their eponymous release) to the soundtrack of 2001’s hit movie Shrek. Many of these then appeared on the August 2005 Smash Mouth hits collection All Star Smash Hits. Harwell could be spotted in early 2006 as a cast member on the sixth season of VH1’s celeb-reality TV show The Surreal Life. Smash Mouth’s fifth studio album, Summer Girl, appeared in early September. Six years later the band released another album, returning in the summer of 2012 with their sixth album, Magic.

BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove Press Photo

BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove

BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove

BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove is a 6 piece band from Virginia Beach, VA.  Fronted by the Singing Cellist BJ Griffin, the band has a unique sound that sticks with you well after the show.   The Galaxy Groove set list includes a perfect mix of oldies-but-goodies with the newest music out today that keeps you dancing all night long.  With fun arrangements of popular songs, and a voice like BJ Griffin’s, the possibilities are endless.  Bj’s voice is rivaled as “young Stevie Wonder” and the technical prowess make for perfect combination to captivate any audience.  The band can pull off anything from Michael Jackson to Jeff Buckley and they also also plays original tunes written by BJ.  The chemistry of the band is undeniable when watching a show and they are quickly gaining local popularity.  Especially having a cellist leading the band, the Galaxy Groove puts a unique twist on every song they do and has molded into an unmistakeable entity.

Jesse Chong Press Photo

Jesse Chong

Jesse Chong

Jesse Chong is a performing songwriter and musician based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is one of the most well known and respected artists in the regional scene. Not only does Jesse perform regularly as a solo artist, but he sits in with a variety of musicians in the area and plays with his own ensemble known as the “Chong Band”.

Jesse has officially self-produced and released three albums- two of which are available through his website, CD Baby, and ITunes. Chong has been a consistent headliner on the area’s main stages and festivals, and is a staple of the local music scene.

Jesse is known for his musical versatility and genre blending. What may one night be a reggae band can be a rock or funk act the next. Chong’s solo show consists of acoustic guitar and the phenomenon of live looping- a skill which gives him the ability to be a one man band. His great original music and encyclopedic knowledge of cover songs have kept him one of the busiest working musicians anywhere.

The chameleon-like Chong has opened for varied artists across the spectrum. The Wailers, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, INXS, Willie Nelson, Neville Brothers, Stephen Marley, Dark Star Orchestra, Leon Russell and Derek Trucks are just a few. Chong’s musical style is often compared to Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Ben Harper/Jack Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley.

Borderline Crazy

Borderline crazy is a fun, top 40, pop/rock cover band based out of Virginia Beach! They perform favorites ranging from the 50’s to today!

Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
2:00PM – 4:45PM Family Entertainment Pembroke Mall
4:45PM – 5:00PM Kids’ Countdown to 2017 and Balloon Drop Pembroke Mall
5:00PM – 9:00 PM Roving Entertainment and Street Performers Town Center
5:00PM – 12:00AM Town Center Merchant & Restaurant Specials Town Center
5:30PM – 8:00PM Borderline Crazy Fountain Plaza Stage
7:30PM – 12:00AM Food & Beverage Sales Countdown Square
8:00PM – 12:00AM CBDA VIP Party Stage Side Tent
8:00 – 9:00PM B.J. Griffin & the Galaxy Groove Countdown Square Stage
9:15PM – 10:15PM Jesse Chong Countdown Square Stage
10:30PM – 12:00AM Smash Mouth Countdown Square Stage
11:58PM – 12:00AM Countdown and Virginia Beach Ball Drop Countdown Square
12:00AM – 12:20AM Fireworks and Laser light Show Countdown Square