VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The 36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival is almost here!

The event kicks off Friday, May 24 and ends Sunday. May 26. This annual community event, with lots of strawberries, is expected to draw more than 100,000 guests to the southern end of the city.

"Rise & Shine~ It's strawberry time" is this year's theme for the event.

During the event, the following roads will be closed:

  • Princess Anne Road – Northbound lane from Indian River Road to Back Bay Farms entrance - 1833 Princess Anne Road (Designated Pedestrian Walkway)
    • Saturday, 5/25: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Lane closed to all northbound traffic 
    • Sunday, 5/26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Lane closed to all northbound traffic
  • Princess Anne Road -- Indian River Road to Muddy Creek Road (Northbound and southbound lanes closed to all traffic)
    • Friday, 5/24 5 to 8 p.m. – Road closed (except for vendors), 8 to 11 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic
    • Saturday, 5/25 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic 
    • Sunday, 5/26 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Road closed to all traffic

The City of Virginia Beach is also recommending drivers to avoid the following roads due to heavy traffic:

  • Indian River Road from West Neck Road to New Bridge Road
  • Princess Anne Road from Sandbridge Road to Indian River Road
  • Princess Anne Road from West Neck Road to Muddy Creek Road
  • New Bridge Road from Indian River Road to Sandbridge Road

To alleviate anticipated traffic back-ups and delays, Virginia Beach Police will be managing traffic control and directing vehicles to designated parking areas. Citizens are reminded that the event is free, however, the parking fee is $10, cash only.

For more information about the Pungo Strawberry Festival, click here or call (757) 721-6001.