There’s a lot going on this month at the Convention Center. Just check out this list

(Southside Daily file)
(Southside Daily file)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Locals know August means there’s still a good chunk of summer fun to be enjoyed outside…and inside.

Take for instance the Convention Center.

Here’s its lineup for August.

  • Aug. 9 – 11: 7th Annual Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival – Ink artists from across the country will gather at this festival which is now in its seventh year. Bands, contests, live mural paintings, and BMX stunts are just the start of this three-day event. Plan on being there for the appearance of special guest Enigma, the American sideshow performer, actor and musician who has undergone extensive body modifications such as horn implants. Daily and three-day weekend passes available. The full event schedule may be found here.
  • Aug. 15: 2019 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Summer School Graduations – Program starts at 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 – 18: SuperStar Anime Convention – There will be photo ops, an arcade, chances for autographs, Cosplay Karaoke hosted by DJ Cannonball and more.  This event looks to be a sell-out, so get your tickets today at
  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 1: Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo – For more than 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing each course with live bands, cheer teams and more. They’re bringing their best with more music, runner support, and community engagement every step of the way. Held each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival, half marathon runners are treated to a three-day music festival in addition to miles of music on the course and a grand finish along the oceanfront Boardwalk. With half marathon, 5k, and 1-mile options, there is something for everyone. The Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is the first stop. Pick up race packets and shop the vendor hall beginning Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. Register 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.