Convention Center To Host Thousands In April

Mark your calendars now and plan to join the fun

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

​With more than 35 events scheduled in April, there's certain to be something for just about everyone's interest at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC). From shopping and cooking demonstrations to pedigreed dogs and a dynamic hair show, why not join the fun? More than 45,000 local and visiting guests are expected and of course, you're invited! And remember, parking is always free at the VBCC. Details may be found at Here's a sneak peek at five events you won't want to miss:

  1. The Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market (April 13-15) features over 150 fine artists and craftspeople from across the nation. Spend the day exploring everything from fine art to folk art at this show, which is a favorite of residents and visitors alike. Each purchase supports the history and tradition of true American craftsmanship. Bring the kids (admission is free for those under 12) and let them watch a crafter turn a simple slab of clay, block of wood, or skein of yarn into a stunning and functional work of art. Returning again this year: Heritage Celebration with demonstrations by local craft designers and guilds, and Vintage Alley, an exclusive showcase area with exhibitors who create functional and decorative works from vintage objects for the home, or who sell up-cycled vintage finds or vintage décor. Full details available here including an offer for discounted adult admission.
  2. How about another free show for children 12 and under and discounted adult admission? Treat the whole family to a day at the region's longest-running home improvement and outdoor living show. For 33 years, the Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show (April 14-15) has paved the way in bringing guests the latest in style, technology and décor to refresh and renew home, garden and outdoor living spaces. Connect with over 200 local professionals and exhibitors ready to assist in building or renovating indoor or outdoor spaces. Don't miss the  special events happening on the show stage including appearances by Dr. Lori who brings her hilarious "Dr. Lori's Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show." Bring your treasures for free antique appraisals. Also appearing this year is Paul James, aka "The Gardener Guy," best known for his HGTV fame. The full two-day show schedule may be viewed at Be sure to take advantage of the adult admission discount coupon offer.
  3. Dog lovers unite at the 2018 National Specialty Show - American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA). Now in its 86th year, the ASSA National is a week-long specialty event (open to the public April 24-29) highlighting the Sheltie, a working breed recognized by the American Kennel Association since 1909. This exciting show is held each spring in a different region of the country and includes judging in such areas as futurity, conformation and herding in addition to educational events. It is also a celebration, as up to 1,000 Shelties with their owners, breeders and friends come together for this annual event.
  4. Heads up! The 2018 Atlantic Coast Grand Prix Volleyball Tournament hits the VBCC for two days of youth Virginia AAU volleyball action (April 28-29). AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) is a nationwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting athletics and fitness programs. Watch as hundreds of players compete to advance their teams toward the national championships later this year. Spectators are welcome to purchase one-day or weekend passes at the VBCC box office (advanced sales have closed).  
  5. The 2018 Influance Hair Care & Symposium offers four days (April 28 – May 1) of  education, entertainment and networking to captivate hair stylists and barbers with opportunities to learn the latest techniques and trends in the professional hair care industry. Influance Hair Care educators will lead "Look and Learn" and "Hands-On" sessions featuring topics such as color-melting and foiling to cutting. Salon management and networking after-parties, as well as a sensational fashion show and award ceremony during an "Evening of Elegance," will round out this exciting show. Class offerings,  hotel information and registration details may be found at

If you are a member of a group or association that holds meetings and conventions, consider the VBCC for a future gathering. In addition to being a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold certified venue, the VBCC is equipped to cater to groups of various sizes and needs. Our in-house convention sales and services teams are highly-skilled professionals dedicated to customized, quality customer service. As always, there is s free, ample parking including designated spaces for hybrid and car pool vehicles. For more information, go to

About the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (
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 and Facebook at

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