International Sandsculpting Championship

Date/Time Venue/Location
Sep 29 - Oct 1
9:00am - 6:00pm
On the Beach (1st to 10th Street)
500 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451

Ticketing Information:

Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket.

This Event is Produced and Managed by:
757-498-0215
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IT ENDED ON October 1, 2017 6:00 pm
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EVENT DESCRIPTION

How else can one describe this new and improved 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 for miles.  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.  Now it becomes the signature event of an entire region as the International Sandsculpting Championship expands to ten days.  With an international field of sculptors representing countries from around the world, the expansion of the competition puts this as one of the most distinctive events of its kind in the world.

NEPTUNE’S KINGDOM: LAND OF SAND

A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country.

  • Extended viewing time of 10 days
  • Expanded walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
  • Improved lighting for viewing into the evening hours
  • Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Live music and entertainment exclusive to the sandsculpting tent
  • Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!
  • Teaching demos and live “QuickSand” competitions

These sculptors are quick on their feet!

32 of the world’s most talented sculptors will be in Virginia Beach creating incredible works of art for our viewing pleasure. 

Each sculpture is so intricate and beautiful, it’s hard to narrow down a favorite. Thankfully, that’s not our job!

Neptune’s Land of Sand Hours:

Friday, 9/29: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday, 9/30: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday, 10/1: 9 am – 9 pm
Monday – Sunday: 10/2 – 10/8: 10 am – 6 pm
Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket.
Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible.  NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.

Amateur Sandsculpting – School Division and Freelance Sculpting Divisions

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.
Saturday, 9/30: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
School Division: 4th – 6th Streets
Freelance Division: 8th – 10th Streets

EVENT SPECIAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION

Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible.  NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.

WHAT’S NEW

Monday October 9th, 2017

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With over 250 spectacular artists on the boardwalk, we don't know how the judges picked their favorites! For all Art & Craft Show winners, visit goo.gl/Qxi7Ma

Congratulations to the following artists:

First place: Jeff Sheely / Painting / "The Last Rider" / Space 3013 / S K E L E

Second place: Kristin Wornson / Jewelry / "Honey Locust With Brass" / Space 2703

Third place: Ricky Lowe / Mixed Media / "Silhouette" / Space 2925-2926

Awards of Merit:
- Rex Nockengust & Gene Allen / Jewelry / "Beach Glass and Wood Squared" / Space 2623
- Thomas Bauer / Painting / "Mooring Buoys" / Space 2928
- Henry Warner / Mixed Media / "Space Chimp" / Space 2919
- Teresa Merriman / Mixed Media / "Temple of the Universe" / Space 2829
- Nina Scala / Jewelry / "Industrial Forest" / Space 2628
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With over 250 spectacular artists on the boardwalk, we dont know how the judges picked their favorites! For all Art & Craft Show winners, visit https://goo.gl/Qxi7Ma Congratulations to the following artists: First place: Jeff Sheely / Painting / The Last Rider / Space 3013 / S K E L E Second place: Kristin Wornson / Jewelry / Honey Locust With Brass / Space 2703 Third place: Ricky Lowe / Mixed Media / Silhouette / Space 2925-2926 Awards of Merit: - Rex Nockengust & Gene Allen / Jewelry / Beach Glass and Wood Squared / Space 2623 - Thomas Bauer / Painting / Mooring Buoys / Space 2928 - Henry Warner / Mixed Media / Space Chimp / Space 2919 - Teresa Merriman / Mixed Media / Temple of the Universe / Space 2829 - Nina Scala / Jewelry / Industrial Forest / Space 2628

 

Comment on Facebook

Have had the honor of meeting this artist... just as cool as his art

I really liked this guys art. steps away from the normal beachy stuff,

So talented and gifted! Enjoyed it all! CONGRATULATIONS!

It was out of the whole festival?! Killer

Best art I've seen !!! Ever!!!

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Monday October 2nd, 2017

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Neptune's 8K/5K Race results can be found here - goo.gl/pVstpU - It was a bit of a windy day, but a fun race nonetheless. Congratulations to all finishers and winners! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday October 2nd, 2017

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Click each photo for information on the sculpture - including winning place (if applicable), artist information, and inspiration behind the artwork!

All photos taken by: Jessica Shea Photography

The views and opinions expressed in sculptures & descriptions are those of the artists and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.Click each photo for information on the sculpture - including winning place (if applicable), artist information, and inspiration behind the artwork!

All photos taken by: @[101778609866080:274:Jessica Shea Photography]

The views and opinions expressed in sculptures & descriptions are those of the artists and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.
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How long will the sand sculptures be up? Are there certain hours one can visit?

What amazing talents and storytelling I have just witnessed. Love everything I read and saw! You all are so blessed! It took me 68 years and moving from Va. to MO. to witness this! Thank You All Now next year this will be on my bucket list to come and see and maybe meet who did all these sand sculptures! I will save these on the computer.

Enjoyed seeing these this year !!!

Can't believe this is all sand! Incredible. Loved Deibert and Goudys displays.

Went to this on Saturday!! So amazing!!

They all are truly talented and gifted storytellers in displaying their talent! Bravo

Carey Fox Bender. In case you haven’t seen them

Kathy, this is what we missed. Brian

Beautiful

Amazing all very cool

I love these

Eyes look so real Wow!

Just alsom

Chiara Bargellesi Alice Bertuccioli Phurawit Tang-Ngamjit Victor Ahmadu Mirella Faro Duque Nikki Fisher

Lynn Bender show Landon Bender 😘❤️

Jessica Stout

Summer Dawn

Chellsea Belle

June Ousley

Judith Garbutt

Rich Gerstner

Stacy Coleman-Walters

Aggie Nation Mike Nation

Abbi Colburn

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Monday October 2nd, 2017

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The Sandsculpture Tent is open through Sunday, October 8th, 9:00am-6:00pm. If you missed it over the weekend, take advantage of smaller crowds this week!

13News Now - WVEC
Beautiful conditions couldn't save the Neptune Festival fireworks last night. Event planners cancelled the show because of rough surf. But that didn't stop the fun today. Photojournalist Bono Herrera takes us to the Oceanfront for the fun.
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13News Now - WVEC

 

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Justin Simonitsch we can still go!

Kelsi Alexandra Volkers

John Taylor Jr.

Dennisse Mercado

Karla Meyer La Bianca

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Saturday September 30th, 2017

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The Virginian-Pilot
Artists were hard at work Wednesday completing their sculptures for the Neptune Festival’s International Sandsculpting Championship. Here's a sneak peek of what you can see in-person, starting tomorrow at 9 a.m.
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The Virginian-Pilot

 

Comment on Facebook

My kids found a Phone on the Beach Last night just past the playground heading towards the Sand sculpture tent. We attempted to look for the kids in the photo in the surrounding areas. This phone must not have a number because it has no service. If you recognize these kids or this is your phone then please PM me and you must provide the passcode to unlock the phone. Please help me locate the owners by sharing this post on any local pages you can think of. Thank You!!!!

Shawnie Green, this is what I was talking about 🙂

Enjoyed our visit today!

SO COOL TO SEE!!!!!!!!!

Joette Bradt check this out

Tonya Riddick Parker

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Saturday September 30th, 2017

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Here's a sneak peak of the sculptures down at 7th Street. Thanks to Virginia Beach City Government for the video!

Virginia Beach City Government
Take a sneak peek of the amazing creations from 32 of the world's most talented sculptors. They only had three days to turn grains of sand into works of art. Located on the beach from 4th to 10th streets next to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. www.neptunefestival.com. If you couldn't make it over the weekend, the sculptures will be available for viewing through Oct. 8.
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Virginia Beach City Government

 

Comment on Facebook

You have to pay to see the sandcastles nowadays?

Terry Flowers, I would love to see this. Can you drop me a note for next time? I will like the page to hopefully see it, but maybe you could be my back-up? 🙂

Thanks for posting. Typically the weekend I try to get there but missing it this year. These are amazing, as usual!

Although the sand sculptures are great to look at, I don't bother to see it for a $5 fee. It was free then years ago. And for the band line up this year not great! Why bring the same band from last year?!

My first time going. Great weekend! Is there a place to purchase event clothing online? I regret not buying a hoodie

Our 1st year checking these out. All I can say is WOW

Kathy, maybe next time!

Omg stunning...

The sleeping mermaid, Father Time and dragons were my favorite.

Are they not on the beach? This looks like a pavilion.

The display rocked! Great weekend @ the beach!

This was AWESOME!! So sorry I am going to miss this event this year...simply breath taking!!!!

Wish we had went down to see amazing ❤️🙏🏾

Federico Villaseñor, we’ll get to go to this festival and see this next year!

Angel Flores Prescott here are some of this year's sculptures!

Mel Woodson Jr. this is happening this weekend

Donna Brazzell Delzer sad I'm gonna miss it this year😩

Robin Unzicker next time, maybe

Emme Kane it's you!

Judy Lucarini. This is what it looked like

Amazing talent

Just amazing

Yaiza Vidal estan aqui por 3 semanas!!

William J. Bermingham

Rachael Wiginton

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Saturday September 30th, 2017

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Fall in love with Virginia Beach! Snap a pic at our photo opp after you walk through the tent, and share by tagging us! #NeptuneFestival #NISC2017
#loveva #virginiabeach #virginia #sand #sandart #sandsculpture
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Fall in love with Virginia Beach! Snap a pic at our photo opp after you walk through the tent, and share by tagging us! #NeptuneFestival #NISC2017 #loveva #virginiabeach #virginia #sand #sandart #sandsculpture

 

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#NeptuneFestival

This was awesome, but the creator gave Harley Quinn some thick-legs, and we all know she has slim legs... "Don't mess with Harley, she's a lil cray-cray".. haha

My son's school made this one today!! The wind got to it 😔

This was my favorite one.

#NeptuneFestival loved all the amazing sculptures

Beautiful

Rachael

Tiffany we have to this

#Neptunefestival

We will

Erica Haller

Julius Bolding

Jessii Mae Dorrie Kierson

Crystal England

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Friday September 29th, 2017

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! 250 artists set up as far as the eye can see, and live music begins at 6:00pm. We can't wait for Eric Paslay tonight at 9:00pm in 31st Street Park for a great country show!! ... See MoreSee Less

Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood! 250 artists set up as far as the eye can see, and live music begins at 6:00pm. We cant wait for Eric Paslay tonight at 9:00pm in 31st Street Park for a great country show!!

 

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Does this happen in late October? I wish i could go to one of these but my timing is always off.

How far up does it go?

Enjoy it and have a great day.

Omg here now!! Tailgate Down singing tribute to Prince "Purple Rain" AWESOME!!!!!!!!

The view from my balcony.

Went Friday and again today . Gorgeous day ! Crowds showed up .

I was at this festival once! I will get to go again!

So sad that I’m missing it this year. Love that festival.

Sounds like fun!!! Could use a little Beach Music & Arts!

We're loving every minute of it!

Parade at 11:30 give or take. Been coming here for years....wouldn't want to miss.

Awww so wish I was there right now!!!!!!

You already there, Richard?

Priscilla Kuhn. Gail Kuhn. Maybe next year we should book for this?!

What time is parade ?

It's an amazing festival!!

It's a beautiful day loving it

Awe man

Wish I was there!

Perfect day!

Can't wait to go!!

Let's go to the beach and celebrate.

Looks like a fun time

Yes

Yep!

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