This Month, Learn to Grow the Perfect Flowers, Dance the Night Away, Reserve a Table for Culinary Creativity, Race for the Cure and Much More

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (January 28, 2016) – Visitors know in their heart of hearts that Virginia Beach is a lovely place to spend time soaking up some winter fun or embarking on a romantic getaway for a Valentine’s Day retreat. This month is full of heart-throbbing events that will fill visitors with pure enjoyment to their heart’s content.


For gardening enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals alike, the Virginia Flower and Garden Expo (Feb. 5-7) is the perfect place to expand their knowledge about horticultural life. Learn from experts and knowledgeable professionals about all aspects of gardening, from plants and products to landscaping and practices. With more than a hundred vendors, exhibits and displays, visitors will be provided with countless ideas and products that will have them falling in love with all things gardening.


It’s a ‘40s throwback in the Navy hangar at the Military Aviation Museum (Feb. 13) during the 1940’s Valentine’s Hangar Dance is hosting a full swing orchestra that will play favorites all night long and give guests a refresher swing dance lesson, bringing the crowd to their feet. All of the WWI and WWII planes will be displayed, and the stage will be set. Come in costume – zoot suits, pearls and cloche hats to boot – to make the wistful experience a beloved new pastime. Tickets, which include dinner, are $40 per guest and may be purchased from the museum.


Open to all levels, the Excalibur Cup (Feb. 12-14) is back and ready to floor the crowd. Taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the gymnastics event will host more than 3,000 competitors, representing more than 25 different states and 10 different countries. Support the teams and enjoy watching the competition heat up!


Benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Race for the Cure 5K (Feb. 20) at Mount Trashmore City Park is all about happy runners and walkers raising awareness for finding a cure for breast cancer awareness. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finishing medal.


An entire week for foodie lovers is forthcoming when the 11th Annual Virginia Beach Restaurant Week (Feb. 22-28), spans all three beaches, serving up the best of Virginia Beach’s culinary scene. Taste the creativity at VB’s finest restaurants as master chefs serve up the most innovative and delicious menus. The week features specials on two-course lunches and three-course dinners that are sure to spark an appetite for every visitor! More than 90 participating restaurants include Terrapin, Eurasia, Esoteric and Coastal Grill. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are strongly recommended. In conjunction, Virginia Beach is holding it’s first-ever Hotel Week to visitors and locals alike, providing the best winter deals across our beaches.


It’s time to get wild with an unforgettable experience with multiple opportunities to view the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals aboard the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour aboard the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15) or aboard The Atlantic Explorer at the Virginia Aquarium (Dec. 26 - Mar. 6). Spot Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however, they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.

Begin planning your stay with us this month or for later in the year. To learn more about Virginia Beach, plan a stay or request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH or going to