Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s 45th Annual Boardwalk Weekend Events Exciting new additions this year include DockDogs® Canine Aquatics Competition, Chrysler Museum of Art Mobile Glass Studio and Free Sand Sculpting Clinic
Some things just keep getting better with age. The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival celebrates 45 years of entertaining visitors and locals alike at the biggest party at the beach. The Festival’s flagship Boardwalk Weekend event is the largest annual event of its kind in Virginia, among the top 20 in the Southeast, and among the top 100 in North America. Every year the fun increases.
Under the watchful eye of King Neptune, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is transformed into an entertainment mecca for one grand weekend, September 28-30. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the boardwalk between 7th and 36th streets for some of the area’s best arts, food and entertainment.
Art Lovers will find more than 250 artists on the boardwalk displaying beautiful handcrafted work for sale. It’s an Art and Craft Show not to be missed, ranked 3rd nationally in the Fine Art and Design category in the 2018 annual 200 Best Issue of Sunshine Artist Magazine. The show appears between 20th and 31st Streets. On Sunday, a Youth Art Show exhibit and sale will be located between 28th and 29th Streets.
In King Neptune’s Land of Sand, spectators will witness some of the best sand sculpting the world has to offer in the globally renowned International Sand Sculpting Competition, which features master sculptors from 11 countries who will produce 22 breathtaking sculptures. The entrance to the Land of Sand tent is on 7th Street. Admission is $5, with children 5 and under free with accompanying adult. The exhibit accommodates strollers and wheelchairs, but no animals are allowed.
New additions this year include DockDogs®, the Chrysler Museum of Art Mobile Glass Studio and a free Sand Sculpting Clinics let by a Master Sculptor.
DockDogs® Canine Aquatics Competition will be located 15th Street on the Boardwalk during Neptune Festival, Sept. 28-30.
Located at 15th Street on the Boardwalk, DockDogs® is the world’s premier canine aquatics competition, where you can register to compete with your own dog. All breeds are welcome. Dogs will participate in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog competitions. Viewing is free and open to the public, but pre-registration at www.DockDogs.com is required to participate.
Times: Friday, Sept. 28. 11AM-6PM | Saturday, Sept. 29, 10AM-6PM | Sunday, Sept. 30, 10AM-4:30PM
The Chrysler Museum of Art Mobile Glass Studio will be located at 13th Street on the Boardwalk. Highly skilled members of the Chrysler glass team will take their craft out of the studio to share the captivating molten magic of glass art on the oceanfront. Times: Saturday, Sept. 29: 12PM-10PM | Sunday, Sept. 30: 10AM-6PM.
Learn Sand Sculpting from a Pro! Master Sculptor, John Gowdy, will hold teaching clinics on the beach at 8th Street. Join these free classes with your friends, classmates, or coworkers for a once in a lifetime, hands-on learning experience. SPACE IS LIMITED.
Saturday, Sept.29 | 9AM – 11AM, Sandcastle Building 101; 3PM – 5PM: The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand
All sand, water, and tools provided. No reservations. Arrive before class times to participate.
Performances on three stages will fill the air with music all weekend long. There’s something for everyone, with 27 performances on three stages featuring local, regional and national recording artists. Alternative, blues, rock, country—it’s all free at the 17th, 24th and 31st street stages.
OTHER FEATURED EVENTS
The Grand Parade marches down Atlantic Avenue Saturday at 11:30AM. The message of this year’s theme, “All the World Loves the Beach,” will be spread by colorful floats of all colors and sizes, larger-than-life balloons and precision marching bands
Neptune Festival’s Grand Parade commences at 11:30AM on Saturday, Sept. 29th in celebration of NeptuneFestival’s Boardwalk Weekend.
Neptune’s 8K Race returns for the 42nd year with a new course featuring ocean views. The race begins at 8AM Saturday. The start and finish lines are located at Neptune’s Park at 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue. Children under 5 will have fun at the 26-yard Crab Crawler.
Look for the nets rippling in the breeze on the beach at 32nd through 36th streets for Neptune’s Beach Volleyball
Tournament, 9AM-5PM, Saturday and Sunday.
Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta sets sail from Cape Henry to Rudee Inlet Saturday at 8AM. Spectators can take a break from the boardwalk action and view the afternoon arrivals at Rudee Inlet or the 24th Street Park.
King Neptune honors local heroes at Hometown Heroes: Neptune’s Final Toast on Sunday morning at 9AM in the
31st Street Hilton. The breakfast is a celebration of the many people who defend our community and country such as military servicemen and women, police, firefighters, emergency service volunteers, and others. Reservations are required.
Trolleys will run on Atlantic Avenue between 1st and 42nd streets, 8 am – midnight. The cost is $2.
Restrooms and Beverage Tents are located at the 17th, 24th, 31st Street parks.
About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate over $18 million in economic impact and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. Its flagship event, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2018’s. Boardwalk Weekend is September 28th through 30th. Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best
competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit