The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start planning your next adventure. With endless possibilities at every twist and turn, from sports to whales, Virginia Beach is a true family beach destination. We take one beautiful day at a time to enjoy the diversity that is Virginia Beach, absorbing the richness of the natural surroundings and the vibrancy of our Town Center. As we kick off 2014, here’s a taste of what’s happening this month:
11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout Fishing Tournament
January 9 – 11
Virginia Beach holds the crown as the rockfish capital of the world. This annual tournament is the largest in the country and paid out more than $217,000 in cash prizes last year alone. Register today to take a place in the rich angling history that is synonymous with Virginia Beach. Hotel packages are available.
U.S. Fencing Association North American Cup
January 17 – 20
The USFA is the recognized national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States and selects teams to represent the USA at the Olympic Games. The Virginia Beach Convention Center will be the host site for this three-day event where more than 650 fencers will compete in Division I, Junior, Wheelchair, and Senior Team divisions. www.visitvirginiabeach.com/Listings/USA_Fencing_-_2014_North_American_Cup.aspx?cid=s
Winter Wildlife Festival
January 24 – 26
Virginia Beach Department of Parks & Recreation and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries present the 2014 Winter Wildlife Festival, a unique opportunity to witness winter wildlife throughout Virginia Beach in a variety of settings. Outdoor excursions include bird watching and exploring Virginia Beach’s natural areas, while indoor workshops include oyster restoration and photographing nature. Many events and workshops are free. Friday’s opening session features keynote speaker and author Noah Strycker, associate editor of Birding magazine.
The TowneBank Coastal Virginia Wine Fest
Celebrate Virginia wine at this new two-day festival of tastings, educational seminars and entertainment. Up to 90 vendors, including more than 30 Virginia wineries, will make this winter weekend one to remember. All events will be held indoors at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Purchase tickets in advance online for $40 until December 31, $45 thereafter and $50 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $80 in advance. Hotel and dining packages, some including shuttle transportation, are available. www.coastalvirginiawinefest.com/
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Winter Wildlife Boat Excursions
Trips run through March
See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Whale watchers can search for humpback and fin whales off the coast of Virginia Beach. Each excursion is narrated by a trained Aquarium educator while experienced volunteers show whale artifacts and answer questions – a unique, exciting experience for families. www.virginiaaquarium.com
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.visitvirginiabeach.com)
Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life” in this coastal cosmopolitan destination. Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, downtown sophistication, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience unlike any other on the East Coast. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild year-round weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at twitter.com/vabeachcvb, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachVA and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.
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