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

(Southside Daily file)
(Southside Daily file)

VIRGINIA BEACH — April was anything but “the usual” in the city — the highlight, perhaps is the Pharrell Williams-backed Something in the Water.

The Convention Center hosted some of that festival’s events — not only was the building and surrounding areas home base for initial ticketing and shuttles to the concerts and activations, it was also where many educational, inspirational and other SITW activities took place.

Something in the Water is expected to come back next year, but for now here’s a list of events in May at the Convention Center:

  • May 4 – 5: 2019 U.S. Finals – Cheer and Dance Competition –  Beginning early Saturday and running thorough late Sunday, teams from up and down the East Coast and throughout the mid-Atlantic region will compete in a variety of divisions for trophies and titles. This is a spectator ticketed event; toddlers ages 4 and younger are free. Ticket info found here.
  • May 18 – 19: 2019 Tidewater Comicon – Tidewater Comicon is the brainchild of founder Mike Federali, who wanted to have a local comic book convention so badly he sold his entire comic book collection to make the first show possible. Held for one day at a hotel, that first show drew an over-capacity crowd. Fans gathered, met creators, had a blast, and left with only one complaint — “more space.” Tidewater Comicon shows draw more than 23,000 fans. Children 10 and younger get in free.  Passes and photo op tickets can be purchased here.
  • May 30: Virginia Symphony Afternoon Encore –  Join the musicians of the Virginia Symphony on a musical tour through the years with romantic strings, rousing marches, and toe-tapping favorites. Accommodations for wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices will be available. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and will run approximately an hour and 15 minutes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for more information.

For more Convention Center event information, 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.