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International Sandsculpting Championship

Date/TimeVenue/Location
Sep 27 - Oct 6
9:00am - 11:00pm
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Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket.

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IT ENDED ON October 6, 2019 11:00 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 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.

PHOTOS

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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
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!
BRUCE PHILLIPS, CALIFORNIA “LIFE’S ENDLESS CLIMB” The figures climbing the seemingly endless uphill steps of life could be you or me. What hurdles will the climb bring? What trials and tribulations will we have to navigate to reach the top? Is there an end or are we destined to simply climb and endure? Striving to achieve our goals, pressing onward and upward to succeed in life's endless climb.
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!
1ST PLACE - TEAM MAIJA PUNCULE, KARLIS ILE | LATVIA “THE SPROUTS” The most tender sprouts tend to be strongest.
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.
3RD PLACE - SOLO KAREN FRALICH, CANADA “CHANGE OF SEASONS” As winter fades, amid the emerging spring, Flowers begin to bloom, and birds to sing / Through the trees and soft breezes, a change / To sizzling temperatures, summer’s range! / Thunderstorms, bees and endless sun / Cool winds bring autumn, summer’s done / Birds fly south, the color changing leaves / Soon frost arrives, snow blankets the eaves / Always in motion, whatever the reason / A constant flow, the Change of Seasons.
WIACZESLAW BORECKI, ANDRII VAZHYNSKYL | POLAND, UKRAINE “I WAS ONCE AN ADULT” There is no greater happiness than retaining a child-like point of view of the world for as long as possible.
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.
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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!

Saturday November 9th, 2019

Hello! I would like to know when the next Neptune Festival Grand Parade is going to be in 2020? Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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It will take place Saturday, September 26, 2020

Thursday October 24th, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Just over here reminiscing about last month's 46th Annual Boardwalk Weekend! Our photographer, Jessica Shea Photography, caught some amazing images and we couldn't wait to share! ... See MoreSee Less

Just over here reminiscing about last months 46th Annual Boardwalk Weekend! Our photographer, Jessica Shea Photography, caught some amazing images and we couldnt wait to share!

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I lost my Neptune festival sweatshirt. Are there any left to purchase?

Jessica is a fabulous and very talented photographer!

A fantastic so long to summer celebration that my wife and I have now attended the last 2 years and plan to attend for many years to come especially when our anniversary fall's in this week of September 🙂

We had a blast! Already counting down to next year!

Sherri Peters Woodward...next year!

Amy Staton Gilliam Terry Haight

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Saturday October 5th, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

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Wow, what an awesome look at how these incredible works of art are made 😍

Hi there, I contact you because I would like to be in touch with the manager of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. I represent the best sand sculptor of France, Stephen Lozza and we would be glad to participate to this competition. Please feel free to contact me about this opportunity. Many thanks. Regards

We enjoyed our time at the festival, the sculptures were amazing

He is amazing.. We took his sand sculpting classes..had sooo much fun

He's the man who did the VA Beach Strong scrupture!

So satisfying.

Thanks for the share

Barbara Ann Keller

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Wednesday October 2nd, 2019

I see an article on here about this being a great music weekend, but to bring it to a close instead of the nationally known Bill Deal's Rhondels we were left with the also ran Rhondels. For as long as I can remember Bill Deal's Rhondels have closed out Neptune festival. But this year we were left with a very disappointing 2nd string.

Hopefully this will be rectified before next year for the large following that Bill Deal's Rhondels has in their home town.
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Tuesday October 1st, 2019

On Sunday, the “Rondells“ were on 17th st stage at 3:30. Well for about 40 years the “Original Rondells“, the Bill Deal Band, has performed the last Sunday of the Neptune Festival. There were A LOT OF VERY UPSET PEOPLE” at the switch up after 40 years!!!!! The band that played had no horns and no saxophone, no Brian Blakley or Steve Ambrose.

Please tell me this was just a terrible booking error and that it won’t happen again!!!

Maggi Davis
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Tuesday October 1st, 2019

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

All sculptures are available for viewing September 27 - October 6, 2019

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.

Photos by Jessica Shea Photography
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All sculptures are available for viewing September 27 - October 6, 2019 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. Photos by Jessica Shea Photography

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These sculptures amaze me everytime! I Love it!☺👍👏🏆🔥❤

So many talented sculptors, truly awestruck by the detail. Loved walking through the competition this past weekend.

We loved it. Amazing! We’re going to try to come down every year.

Always amazed by these works of art!

Absolutely stunning sorry we missed it this year

Enjoyed all of the sculptures.

I wanted to share this, but the share option isn't available now. What's up with that?

It was amazing!

It was really awesome!!😀

Amazing Sculptures Dave

So beautiful i really enjoyed the Neptune Festival

Fantastic talent, WOW!

Beautiful.

Jennifer.. Please show these photos to Jack, I meant to show him the ones on my phone and totally forgot about it. They really are amazing.

These are all incredible but I’m partial to the astronaut.

Amazing

Hey Marion Marian Lampart Gansler- here's all the sand sculptures in VB!

They were rather cool.

When are the winners going to be posted?

Shauna, a cool event to check out... should you not already know about it 😊

Angela Guthrie-Ponton Rita Caldwell LeAnn Shelor Croy we missed this too! 🙁

Chris Reiche

How much is the viewing ?

Jennifer Zenker

Emmy Harris

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