Pharrell Williams is bringing the wildly popular Something in the Water music festival back to the Virginia Beach waterfront.

Singer, songwriter, and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams lit up the waterfront last year with his Something in the Water Festival. Now he’s bringing it back in 2020 with even more world-renowned artists, musicians, and local bands. Last year saw upwards of 35,000 people at the festival that included Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and even a surprise appearance by Jay-Z. This year’s event is bigger than ever with more musicians and a week-wide series of free events.

The 2020 Something in the Water event takes place along the boardwalk. Concerts take place on different stages, Friday through Sunday. Along with Pharrell himself, artists include Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, Beck, Brittany Howard, Foo Fighters, Jaden Smith, Major Lazer, Nelly, Trey Songz, Usher, H.E.R., Leon Bridges, and many more.

Williams created the festival as a way to give back and unite his hometown community while celebrating the diversity of the area.  

Courtesy: Something in the Water Facebook

Something in the Water Concert Tickets

  • Three-Day General Admission Passes (Tier 3) – $250, plus fees
  • Three-Day VIP Passes (Tier 2) – $600, plus fees
  • Three-Day Yellow Zone Experience – $1000 – Up-close-and-personal front-of-stage viewing at all stages, access to the Yellow Lounge backstage beach patio, food and beverage items, a merchandise item, and more

Something in the Water Weekday Events

Something in the Water's themed weekday events are free and feature workshops, seminars, and events along the boardwalk and in the local area.

Monday, April 20

Earth & Us focuses on health, wellness, and humanity with respect to being good to ourselves, each other, and the planet. Learn about Climate & Oceans in a seminar with Phillipe Cousteau or the Future of Food with Chef Kimbal Musk and Andrew Zimmern. There will also be a mental health workshop with producer, author, and Hidden Figures actress Taraji P. Henson.

Tuesday, April 21

Innovation & Tech day delves into problem solving and progress. Skateboarder Tony Hawk will present an exhibition and join astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and percussionist Sheila E. in a Masterclass Live event. Other workshops include coding classes, a NASA event, and a pitch competition.

Wednesday, April 22

Women’s Day is all about inspiration, equality, and empowerment. Events include a self-care summit and a writing workshop.

Thursday, April 23

Food & Wine includes chefs from around the world (Jean Imbert, Jean Georges, Art Smith, and more) and the local Virginia Beach area, as well as stand-up comedy.

Friday, April 24

Career Day is a half-day of career advice and guidance. The featured workshop is Pharrell Williams and Jimmy Iovine in Conversation.

Hosted in part by the City of Virginia Beach along with Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation – Virginia, the Something in the Water Festival takes place from Monday, April 20, through Sunday, April 26.

You can visit the Something in the Water Festival website for more information and to purchase tickets for weekend concerts. Tickets are limited and available while supplies last. Weekday events are free.

Are you planning to attend the Something in the Water Festival? Who are you looking forward to seeing perform? Let us know in the comments.