Schedule of Events
12:00pm-11:00pm: 48th Annual Boardwalk Weekend at 6th - 36th Streets
The 48th anniversary for the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival! Every year, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate at the festival's many offerings. Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 30 blocks of the boardwalk and feature 20+ performances from local, regional, and national recording artists. On the boardwalk, you can find over 200 artisans displaying handmade work, at an Art & Craft Show that has been ranked #5 out of 200 Fine Art and Design Shows across the country. Keep walking to find 18 magnificent sand sculptures created by world-renowned international sculptors at Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship. Other weekend events include Neptune's 8k Race, Grand Parade, Volleyball Tournament, Atlantic Regatta, Youth Art Show, and more! See below for information on all Boardwalk Weekend events.
9 am-11 pm: International Sand Sculpting Championship at 6th-8th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
How else can one describe this event any other way than with an experience? With a world-class venue, talent, and prize purse, Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other. From the gallery feel and extended viewing hours, your sandsculpting fill can be quelled with a single visit.
It's been the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival since its inception, and has grown to the most prestigious event of its kind in the nation. With an international field of sculptors representing 5 countries from around the world, watch the professionals turn grains of sand into works of art in just 3 days!
Neptune's Kingdom: Land Of Sand
A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 18 sculptures created by 10 solo and 8 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country.
Viewing time of 10 days
Walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
Lighting for viewing into the evening hours
Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
Unique photo opportunities
Live "QuickSand" competitions (These sculptors are quick on their feet!)
Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!
$5 per person (cash only)
Children ages 12 and under are free while accompanied by an adult
12 noon-7 pm: Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show at 20th-31st Street, Virginia Beach Boardwalk
The Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine in the Top 5 of 200 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country for 3 years, and in the Top 200 Fine Art & Design Shows for 8 years! The show features over 250 artisans displaying handmade work from paintings and sculptures, to photography and glass-work. Mosey your way through the tents and displays and find a piece of the show to bring home with you!
5:00pm-9:30pm: Poseidon's Playground at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Test your skills with cornhole, giant jenga, connect four, chess, and checkers…or try your hand at a Scavenger Hunt and Virginia Beach Trivia for the chance to win prizes!
Dance it out to our house DJ or put on headphones for a silent disco. Face Painters, Stilt Walkers, Magicians, and Balloon Artists will be in the park all weekend long!
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