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Boardwalk Weekend

Date/TimeVenue/Location
Sep 25
12:00pm - 11:00pm
31st Street Stage / Park (King Neptune’s Park)
3100 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451
Sep 26
10:00am - 11:00pm
24th Street Stage / Park
2400 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451
Sep 27
10:00am - 6:00pm
17th Street Stage / Park (Dairy Queen)
1700 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451
FREE EVENT
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EVENT DESCRIPTION

It’s Virginia Beach’s most famous party – The Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend!

This grand finale to the  Neptune Festival season includes something for everyone! Boardwalk Weekend’s signature event is the renowned Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship. Internationally known as the largest competition of its kind in the United States, this event has the richest prize purse in the country and draws professional sand artists from around the globe to cultivate their finest masterpieces. These showy sand masterpieces will be on display in the Neptune Sand Gallery, Neptune’s Land of Sand, from Friday September 27th – Sunday, September 29th.

The weekend also includes a continual series of daily outdoor concerts along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk with a variety of live music.

Past performers included TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Connells, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Eric Paslay and Steel Pulse. Additional weekend features include the Neptune Art and Craft Show with over 250 artisans showcasing their talent along the boardwalk; a spectacular Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean; volleyball tournament; Atlantic Sailing Regatta; and an 8K and 5K run.

There is even a 26-yard Crab Crawl for kids up to 5. Additionally, the Grand Parade features more than 100 floats, military units, costumed characters and marching bands, including the award winning Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band, along the oceanfront.

Below is general information about Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.

HOURS

Friday, September 25 - 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday, September 26 - 10:00am - 11:00pm

Sunday, September 27 - 1o:00am - 6:00pm

Boardwalk Weekend Highlights

Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship

  • Between 4th and 10th Streets on the beach under the big tent
    Entrance to Land of Sand on 7th Street.

Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship returns to the oceanfront as one of the world’s largest sand sculpting competitions.

The results of this spectacular competition will be on display under the big tent (Neptune’s Land of Sand) for 10 days beginning Friday, September 29 –Sunday, October 8 Admission to “Neptune’s Land of Sand” is $5.00 per adult with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. A discount “Buy 1-Get 1 Free” lunch coupon is included with purchase. NO ANIMALS allowed. “Neptune’s Land of Sand” is wheelchair accessible. Special sand “photo ops” available.

Neptune’s “Land of Sand” hours:

  • Friday, 9/28: 9 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday, 9/29: 9 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday, 9/30: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Monday – Sunday: 10/1 – 10/7: 10 am – 6 pm

Vote for your favorite solo and team sculpture in the People’s Choice Voting available at the event. Also, receive a discount lunch coupon with admission ticket. On Friday and Saturday of Boardwalk Weekend, don’t miss the excitement of speed sand sculpting with the “Quick Sand” as master sculptors square off in a game of speed against the clock.

Amateur Sandsculpting - School Division and Freelance Sculpting Divisions

  • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    School Division: 4th – 6th Streets
    Freelance Division: 8th – 10th Streets

During Boardwalk Weekend, you can also cheer on your favorite local school or freelance entrant as the amateur division shows its style. Pre-registration is required to participate.

Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show

  • Friday: Noon – 7 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. • Sunday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    18th – 29th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

More than 250 exhibitors present original works of art in individual displays along the boardwalk. The artists exhibiting between 25th – 28th Streets have been selected as eligible for judging for awards. Free and open to the public.

Boardwalk Weekend Food & Exhibitors

  • Friday: Noon – 11 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Along the Boardwalk between 10th – 35th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

This year’s outdoor dining experience features all of your favorite festival fare – enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean along with fresh crab cakes, mouth watering barbecue, fresh cut French fries, savory chicken on a stick, hot funnel cakes and cool Italian ices to list just a few! You’ll find these delectable food offerings, great exhibitors and bountiful shopping all along the Boardwalk.

Neptune’s 8K run and 26-yard Crab Crawl.

Saturday: 7:45 a.m.
24th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Run, jog, walk, or skip your way down Atlantic Avenue to Rudee Inlet as spectators and family cheer you on the whole way. Afterwards, bask in your achievement in the 24th Street Park while enjoying plenty of food, drinks, fantastic views of the ocean, and even a door prize or two! There is plenty of fun to be had for racers and their guests, but pre-registration is required to participate. Spectators and viewing are free and welcome along the route.
43rd Annual Event
Neptune Festival T-Shirt with 8k and 5k Registrations
Race After party in 24th Street Park includes pizza, bagels, fruit, sodas, beer, and awards!
Neptune Festival Weekend Festivities
Fast and flat course!
ROCK YOUR MOST CREATIVE NAUTICAL ATTIRE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR BEST COSTUME!
FOR THE LITTLE ONES (UP TO 5 YRS OLD): 26 YARD CRAB CRAWLER RACE

Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta

  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

This recreational sailing event is presented in conjunction with the Broad Bay Sailing Association. Cruisers and catamarans will sail between Cape Henry and Rudee Inlet. Limited beach viewing.

Neptune Volleyball Tournament

  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.
    32nd– 36th Streets, Virginia Beach

2 v 2 and 4 v 4 play heats up the sand as men, women, and coed divisions compete for titles on the oceanfront. Hosted in cooperation with Volleyball Virginia, numerous skill level classes are available for entry. Set and spike your weekend to a new level by getting your piece of the beach at Neptune's Volleyball Tournament. Games begin at 9:00am on both days.

Volleyball Virginia offers two ways to pre-register for this event - Teams can generate a printed entry form and mail in with a check or money order, or teams can enter on-line using a credit card. For more information, please contact Volleyball Virginia at (757) 497-8282.

Neptune Grand Parade

  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    16th – 32nd Streets, Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

One of the highlights of the weekend, The Neptune Festival Grand Parade includes over 100 parade units from floats to marching bands, larger than life balloons, costumed characters and more! Even King Neptune XLIV and his entire Royal Court join the fun!

Fireworks Extravaganza

  • Saturday: 9 p.m.
    20th Street from the ocean, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Our spectacular fireworks show just gets bigger and better each year. Watch as thousands of brilliant colors explode over the Atlantic Ocean. Produced by Dominion Fireworks Company. Free and open to the public.

Youth Art Show

  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    27th – 28th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Open to all young artists in grades 9 – 12, this event gives them a chance to display and sell their creations in a juried venue. Prizes totaling $1,600 will be awarded in various categories, including Best in Show, Neptune Youth Artist, Photography, and Most Creative. The awards also include Visual Arts High School (HS) and Visual Arts Magnet (M) in the medium categories to encourage participation from high school visual arts programs.

NEW! Boardwalk Weekend Special Event - Tidewater DOCKDOGS!!

  • Friday: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 15th Street, Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The world’s premier canine aquatics competition where you can have the most fun with your dogs! Dock diving in an exciting performance sport that is all about fun for dogs, owners and spectators. During Neptune
Festival Boardwalk Weekend, dogs will participate n Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve competitions!

Any breed from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane is welcome at a DockDogs event. Viewing is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required to participate.

LIVE MUSIC LINEUP:

Boardwalk Weekend fills 3 musical stages with great local and national talents. Stages are located at 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets on the Boardwalk.

Friday, September 25, 2020 

31st STREET STAGE

  • TBD

24TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

17TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

Saturday, September 26, 2020 

31st STREET STAGE

  • TBD

24TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

17TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

Sunday, September 27, 2020

31st STREET STAGE

  • TBD

24TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

17TH STREET STAGE

  • TBD

EVENT SPECIAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION

  • Parking: CLICK HERE for your travel options, as well as parking locations and prices
  • Road Closures: Atlantic Avenue (between 5th-34th Streets) will be closed Saturday, September 30th from 7:00am-9:15am, and again from 10:00am-1:00pm.
  • Festival Transportation: HRT Trolleys will run along Atlantic Avenue between 1st and 42nd Streets between 8 a.m. and Midnight throughout the Boardwalk Weekend. Rides are just $2 each. The easily identifiable trolley stops are conveniently located up and down Atlantic Avenue. Trolleys arrive approximately every 20 minutes, but can take longer due to heavier traffic on event weekends. Visit http://www.gohrt.com/services/vb-wave/ for more information on oceanfront transportation.
  • Restrooms are located along the boardwalk and the 17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks.
  • Beverage Tents are located at 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets. Please have a valid photo ID. You must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcohol.
  • Festival Information and Brochures can be found at kiosks on 17th and 24th Streets on the Boardwalk.
  • First Aid station is located on 16th Street.
  • Commemorative Posters will be for sale at 24th Street. Posters and a limited number of autographed posters are available for purchase on the boardwalk or in advance at the Neptune Festival office and online.
  • Commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase along the Boardwalk at 16th, 24th and 31st Streets.
  • Recycling: The Neptune Festival is certified Virginia Green! Our goal is to reduce our environmental impact through recycling, water and energy conservation, and community and business involvement. Please look for recycling available up and down the Boardwalk and in the parks.

PHOTOS

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We are counting down the days until we can host our Neptune Festival events, but want to extend our thanks to the hardworking health care workers all around the world in the meantime! This sandsculpture was created and built by a longtime competitor and friend of Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship - John Gowdy.
Looking towards brighter days ahead, we are still in full preparation mode for the 47th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and all of its fall events...including Neptune's 8k Race! Our early bird pricing will end April 1st, so there's still a chance to catch a bargain AND support local small businesses and causes at the same time! The Neptune Festival is a small business and non-profit organization (consisting of just 6 employees) whose goal is to provide a sense of community for this city that we love. Neptune's 8k Race benefits the Neptune Festival as well as the Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association. Join us in September for what will surely be the best Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend and 8k Race yet! Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/39y70Mi
HELENA BANGERT, GRESHAM GLOVER | HOLLAND, PORTUGAL/USA ”GOING TO TRANQUILITY BASE” Tranquility base is the site on the moon where, in July 1969 Apollo 11 crew (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins) landed and Neil and Buzz walked on another celestial body for the first time.
MATTHEW DEIBERT, IAN DEIBERT | NEW JERSEY “THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES - EZEKIEL 37:1-4 God shows Ezekiel a dry valley, filled with skeletons. V5 "Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord! I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin. V9 Come breath, from the four winds and breathe into the slain. Only God can breathe life to the dead and heal that which is broken.
MATTHEW DEIBERT, IAN DEIBERT | NEW JERSEY “THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES - EZEKIEL 37:1-4 God shows Ezekiel a dry valley, filled with skeletons. V5 "Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord! I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin. V9 Come breath, from the four winds and breathe into the slain. Only God can breathe life to the dead and heal that which is broken.
HELENA BANGERT, GRESHAM GLOVER | HOLLAND, PORTUGAL/USA ”GOING TO TRANQUILITY BASE” Tranquility base is the site on the moon where, in July 1969 Apollo 11 crew (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins) landed and Neil and Buzz walked on another celestial body for the first time.
MATTHEW DEIBERT, IAN DEIBERT | NEW JERSEY “THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES - EZEKIEL 37:1-4 God shows Ezekiel a dry valley, filled with skeletons. V5 "Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord! I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin. V9 Come breath, from the four winds and breathe into the slain. Only God can breathe life to the dead and heal that which is broken.
HELENA BANGERT, GRESHAM GLOVER | HOLLAND, PORTUGAL/USA ”GOING TO TRANQUILITY BASE” Tranquility base is the site on the moon where, in July 1969 Apollo 11 crew (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins) landed and Neil and Buzz walked on another celestial body for the first time.
2ND PLACE - TEAM SCULPTORS' CHOICE - TEAM NEPTUNE'S CHOICE - TEAM PEOPLE'S CHOICE - TEAM ANDRIUS PETKUS, DMITRI KLIMENKO | LITHUANIA, RUSSIA “THE BOOK OF LIFE” Since first breath you become the main character of your book of life. Life choices may make your book very interesting or possibly boring, it may have a nice cover; maybe not, it may contain many pages or very few, etc. But the most important thing of all in the book of life is the Writer. It is Mother, the Writer with capital letters. Love, respect and take care of her!
#VBSTRONG Sculpted by: John Gowdy
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Tuesday May 12th, 2020

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

We are counting down the days until we can host our Neptune Festival events, but want to extend our thanks to the hardworking health care workers all around the world in the meantime! This sandsculpture was created and built by a longtime competitor and friend of Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship - John Gowdy. ... See MoreSee Less

We are counting down the days until we can host our Neptune Festival events, but want to extend our thanks to the hardworking health care workers all around the world in the meantime! This sandsculpture was created and built by a longtime competitor and friend of Neptunes International Sandsculpting Championship - John Gowdy.

Comment on Facebook We are counting down...

So beautiful, thank you for sharing..we love the Neptune Festival💓

Such a beautiful sculpture and tribute ❤️

How beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

One of my favorite things about being in Virginia Beach. We miss this so much now that we're gone!

Beautiful ❤️

The last thing we need is insanely large crowds and tourism and festivals. People can barely keep their composure at damn Walmart these days you really think people will behave at a festival....no

when is the festival?

Jim Myak Judy Parker. Many times I have seen those sand sculputers. This one is particularly meaningful and beautiful!

Very appropriate!

Beautiful!

Awesome!!

Appreciated

Does this mean that the Neptune Festival boardwalk weekend is going to take place?

Wow!!!!

Nice, Thank you so much💖🙏

Amazing! So beautiful

Bravo !

Patricia Williams thank you

Jozi Wheat ❤️❤️

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Thursday April 23rd, 2020

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during this time of crisis. The Neptune Festival staff remains hopeful, and is looking forward to when we can all be together again.

Until then, we are hard at work planning for upcoming events and dreaming up new ways to Celebrate the Beach Life!

Here's a look back at 2019, and what your support means to our community:
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Hope ur working on the Arts Festival on the broad walk... I read it will be in October! Can u confirm that?

A must attend! ❤️❤️ We love the wind bells!!

What is the status of the 8k? I would like to register but want to hold off until the date is closer. What kinds of restrictions will be in place? Ex. Face covering bring own water no after party?!

If all goes well I will be there.

I hope so too.

Can’t wait!!!

Judy ParkerJudy 😍😎

🙏🤞🤞❤️

Mike Wilson

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Monday March 30th, 2020

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Monday March 30th, 2020

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Looking towards brighter days ahead, we are still in full preparation mode for the 47th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and all of its fall events...including Neptune's 8k Race! Our early bird pricing will end April 1st, so there's still a chance to catch a bargain AND support local small businesses and causes at the same time!

The Neptune Festival is a small business and non-profit organization (consisting of just 6 employees) whose goal is to provide a sense of community for this city that we love. Neptune's 8k Race benefits the Neptune Festival as well as the Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association. Join us in September for what will surely be the best Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend and 8k Race yet! Click here for more info: bit.ly/39y70Mi
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Looking towards brighter days ahead, we are still in full preparation mode for the 47th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and all of its fall events...including Neptunes 8k Race! Our early bird pricing will end April 1st, so theres still a chance to catch a bargain AND support local small businesses and causes at the same time! The Neptune Festival is a small business and non-profit organization (consisting of just 6 employees) whose goal is to provide a sense of community for this city that we love. Neptunes 8k Race benefits the Neptune Festival as well as the Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association. Join us in September for what will surely be the best Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend and 8k Race yet! Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/39y70Mi

Comment on Facebook Looking towards ...

Hope this will go on this year. I've traveled down from Ct for this every year since 2015 (yes the one that was all but cancelled) and I love it. Hope everyone down there is staying safe.

Hope to be there it was great last year,we're gonna need it by then!

Amy, get our rooms ready! We WILL BE BACK!!

Sandra Snow

Tara Ryan Muhly Alice Smith Jenkins

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Monday January 6th, 2020

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The Art & Craft Show will take place during Boardwalk Weekend - September 25-27, 2020. All event dates and details can be found on our website - www.neptunefestival.com

Wednesday November 20th, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Any Randolph-Macon College football fans out there?! The matchup is set for the Virginia Beach College Football Neptune Bowl taking place THIS WEEKEND! Randolph-Macon will take on The Apprentice School at this inaugural event. As the Neptune Bowl's community partner, the Neptune Festival is honored to feature King Neptune XLVI for the coin toss! Join us this weekend for this fun, local bowl game.The matchup is set! The Apprentice School will take on Randolph-Macon college this weekend. Who will be there to experience the inaugural #VirginiaBeachNeptuneBowl?! ... See MoreSee Less

Any Randolph-Macon College football fans out there?! The matchup is set for the Virginia Beach College Football Neptune Bowl taking place THIS WEEKEND! Randolph-Macon will take on The Apprentice School at this inaugural event. As the Neptune Bowls community partner, the Neptune Festival is honored to feature King Neptune XLVI for the coin toss! Join us this weekend for this fun, local bowl game.

Monday November 11th, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Join us on November 23rd for the Inaugural Virginia Beach College Football Neptune Bowl at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex! The game will feature The Apprentice School football team vs Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) qualifier team. Tailgating begins at 9am, with a 2pm kickoff. We are proud to be chosen as a Community Partner in this Inaugural event!After the top 2 teams showdown this past weekend, and with only one league game left, it's looking like R-MC may be the opponent for the Builders on November 23. Get your tickets today at vbsportsplex.booktix.com if you haven't already. Still have tailgating spots too! ... See MoreSee Less

Join us on November 23rd for the Inaugural Virginia Beach College Football Neptune Bowl at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex! The game will feature The Apprentice School football team vs Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) qualifier team. Tailgating begins at 9am, with a 2pm kickoff. We are proud to be chosen as a Community Partner in this Inaugural event!
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