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International Sandsculpting Championship

Date/TimeVenue/Location
Sep 25 - 27
9:00am - 11:00pm
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.

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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 am - 11 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 11 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 9 pm
Monday - Sunday: 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.

SAND CLINICS

LEARN FROM A PRO!
Master Sculptor, John Gowdy, will hold teaching clinics on the beach for your chance to learn from a pro! Join classes with your friends, classmates, or coworkers for a once in a lifetime, hands-on learning experience.

Saturday, September 26 | On the beach at 6th Street
9:00am - 11:00am: Sandcastle Building 101
3:00pm - 5:00pm: The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand

All sand, water, and tools provided
No reservations
Arrive before class times to participate
Space is limited


EVENT SPECIAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION

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

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...

Thank you so much !! I greatly appreciate this this is coming from A Nurse 👩🏻‍⚕️ I pray the festival happens this year it’s one my favorite times at the Beach 🏝 I’m going to take vacation that week so I can enjoy the Beach and Festival too 🥰 Two of My Favorite things To do 😊 Much Love ❤️ Va Beach 🏝 See You All Soon Might even Move there this Year 😏😊 love y’all so much the people are all Great over there 😊

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

Such a beautiful sculpture and tribute ❤️

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

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

Thank you! I'm a healthcare employee! I'm really hoping that the Neptune will take place. That's my vacation week and I'm really looking forward to getting away❤

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

Wow!!!!

Nice, Thank you so much💖🙏

Amazing! So beautiful

Bravo !

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

We need to cut loose! ... See MoreSee Less

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
... See MoreSee Less

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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