VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — College Beach Weekend is changing this year and Pharrell Williams is the force behind it with his festival, "Something in the Water."
Brian Solis, the assistant to the city manager, is working to help transition College Beach Weekend into an event for everyone.
"Pharrell's done a great job of pulling together a tremendous program and we're very excited about it," Solis said.
According to Solis, the festival organizing teams are still finalizing the program for the weekend, but several things are already on the schedule.
"The 5th Street stage on the Oceanfront for the musical acts. The convention center for the three-on-three basketball tournament. The panel discussions,” said Solis.
Plus, plenty of activities in-between, like a community garden and a public art initiative with the New Orleans artist B Mike.
"Everyone will have something exciting and constructive to do,” said Solis.
Transportation is a work in progress, for now.
"Parking will be limited,” said Solis. So, if you don't have plans to stay at the Oceanfront, he suggests you "take advantage of the satellite lots that we'll have to the west and to the south."
Officials don't know exactly where those lots will go yet, but Solis said shuttles going to and from designated spots will be free for the community.
Also, if you're worried about safety, Solis wants to reassure you that officers have it covered.
On Thursday, festival organizers will present an overview of the layout for the festival to Oceanfront businesses. Then the next step is for the city to provide the "special event permit."
Something in the Water is set for April 26 through the 28 and tickets will go on sale this Friday.
General admission tickets cost $150 and V.I.P tickets start at $450, for all 3 Days.