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International Sandsculpting Championship

Date/Time Venue/Location
Sep 24 - Oct 3
9:00am - 11:00pm
On the Beach (1st to 10th Street)
500 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451


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

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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.


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.


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 | 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


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

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