There’s a lot happening at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in February. Just check out this list

Virginia Beach Convention Center.(Joshua Weinstein/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Think about this: Studies show that last year nearly 705 million vacation days went unused.

While Americans are encouraged to plan for vacation days, the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages locals to plan a “STAYcation” in 2019.

With that, the bureau released the many activities and events at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in February:

  • Feb. 2 – 3:  Southeastern Guns & Knives Show (SGK) – SGK is an organized event that promotes understanding of the shooting sports, appreciation of American history and an opportunity to view historic and contemporary weapons. SGK show patrons attend the shows as collectors, hobbyists, sportsmen, and hunters as well as those who are interested in home defense. This is a ticketed event and children 14 and under are free with a guardian. Click here for a discount coupon for one regular admission.
  • Feb. 8 – 10: Mid Atlantic Leisure Expo – The Mid Atlantic Leisure Expo brings together more than a dozen top outdoor living vendors under one roof offering factory-direct savings and year-end clearances. Best of all, admission is free. For more details, including pre-show specials and discounts, click here.
  • Feb. 8 – 10: The 66th Annual Mid-Atlantic Sport & Boat Show –The Boat Show offers plenty of family fun. There will be face painting for the kids and anglers clubs to teach you how to cast a net or tie a fly. Bring the family and learn how easy and affordable boating can be. Find all the show info here.
  • Feb. 16 – 17: Tidewater Coin Show – The Tidewater Coin Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the needs of collectors in the area and to education those interested in learning about the history of coinage. The Club was established in February 1956 and has met continuously since. U.S. and foreign coins & currency, domestic & foreign gold, medals & tokens, ancient coins & artifacts, and supplies will be on display and for sale. Door prizes, raffles, and free gifts for the kids make this a family-friendly show. Representatives from America’s oldest grading service, ANACS, will be on site accepting submissions and evaluating coins. BONUS:  A Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge workshop will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Find all the details here.

For more information on public events happening this month at the VBCC and to contact the expert staff for assistance planning your next special event, call 757-385-2000 or click here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.