Virginia Beach Convention Center Kicks Off 2018

January sporting events, shows, and festivals expected to draw more than 50,000 attendees

Thursday, December 28, 2017

​Following a strong fiscal year during which staff hosted 325 different events and welcomed over 622,000 guests, the Virginia Beach Convention Center is kicking off the new year with a series of events expected to draw an estimated 50,000 attendees. From fencing duels and the hottest new cars to celebrations of Virginia's flowers and wine, January at the Convention Center promises to bring something for every hobbyist and taste. 

Full details can be found at Here's a quick a look at just a few of the public events you won't want to miss.

According to history, the Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. Still quite relevant and always exciting, the sport of fencing is part of mainstream America and will be the focus of four days of competition during the 2018 US Fencing North America Cup. Beginning Friday, Jan. 5 and continuing through Monday, Jan. 8, bouts in three fencing disciplines (epee, foil and saber) will be held in a series of men's and women's divisions, including wheelchair and team competition. Spectators are invited to this free event.

If your holiday treats didn't include a new car, never fear – the 2018 Hampton Roads International Auto Show will be here Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14. See the latest models of more than 28 foreign and domestic lines from Alfa Romeo to Volvo and scores of makes in between. Advance tickets are on sale now – one price covers all three days. Tickets are also available for purchase at the show. Local's tip: Click here for a discount coupon to the show.

Shop 'til you drop as multiple vendors of the widely-popular LulaRoe clothing line convene for a LulaRoe Clothing Boutique Show on Saturday, Jan. 13. Doors open at 10 a.m. Show entry for shoppers is free. 

Get your poker faces ready and come out on Friday, Jan. 19 to join our hometown hero, David Wright from the New York Mets, for a night of fun-raising for the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) at the CHKD David Wright Vegas Night Gala. The evening includes a poker tournament and casino games including craps, roulette, horse-racing and blackjack as well as live and silent auctions. Advance ticket purchase required and includes cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Participants must be 21 years or older.

At the Tidewater Recreational Vehicle Show, see exhibits of new RVs ranging from Class-A motorhomes and lightweight, easy-to-pull tent trailers and fifth-wheels, to travel trailers and truck campers. In addition to RVs, exhibitors will offer a wide variety of products and services. The Tidewater RV Show is a great place to visit for anyone who is interested in traveling and the outdoor lifestyle. The show opens on Friday, Jan. 19 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 21. This is a ticketed event. Local's tip: Find a discount coupon to this show here.

Get a spring on spring at The Virginia Flower and Garden Expo while learning more about flowers and gardening in a comfortable climate-controlled setting. With more than a hundred vendors, exhibitors and displays, this is a once-a-year event produced by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation and Pilot Targeted Media that promotes horticultural education for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast. The expo begins Friday, Jan. 26 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 28. This is a ticketed event.

A sell-out is on tap for the annual Coastal Virginia Magazine Winefest. Featuring more than 40 vendors and 23 wineries, Saturday, Jan. 27 brings the first month of 2018 to a close celebrating the very best in Virginia's food and wine offerings. Don't wait to buy your tickets to this wildly popular festival!

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Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to "Live the Life." Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild 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 Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at, Instagram at, Facebook at

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