International Sandsculpting Championship

Date/TimeVenue/Location
Sep 27 - Oct 6
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.

This Event is Produced and Managed by:
757-498-0215
Please contact them for specific questions

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 28 | On the beach at 8th 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.

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Less than one month away from Neptune's Spring Wine + Food Festival! #pourdecisions
During National Volunteer Week (and always) we would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of our volunteers for their hard work. We rely heavily on you for all of our events throughout the year, and we are so grateful that you choose to give us your precious time. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Happy #InternationalWomensDay - from our amazing #girlboss and our wonderful staff and volunteers...to the lovely ladies who support our cause and attend Neptune Festival events (like the ones captured here enjoying some cold beer at our Coastal Craft Beer Festival)...we salute you and everything you do!
Photo by another talented #girlboss and longtime friend of the Festival - Jessica Shea Photography
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Join us Wednesday, May 8th at The Atlantic VB for our final Neptune's Spring Wine + Food Festival ticket pop-up before Saturday! We will be there 4:30-6:30pm selling tickets at the early bird price and handing out some fun Neptune gear. Tickets WILL SELL OUT so get yours before they do! ... See MoreSee Less

Join us Wednesday, May 8th at The Atlantic VB for our final Neptunes Spring Wine + Food Festival ticket pop-up before Saturday! We will be there 4:30-6:30pm selling tickets at the early bird price and handing out some fun Neptune gear. Tickets WILL SELL OUT so get yours before they do!

Thursday May 2nd, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

NEW IN 2019: Time to get fizz-ical at Neptune's Spring Wine + Food Festival - stop by our Bubbly Bar to find a wine as sparkling as your personality! Ticket prices increase on May 6th, get yours here > bit.ly/2UdIAnz ... See MoreSee Less

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