The Neptune Festival’s internationally renowned Sand Sculpting Championship returns Friday September 28th. Thirty-two master sculptors from 11 countries, including Russia, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and others, will compete in this event. Billed as one of the largest sand sculpting competitions in the world, spectators are able watch the transformation of piles of sand into works of art over the course of the three-day build, September 28th through 30th, with viewings continuing until October 7th. The International Sand Sculpting Championship is one of the most highly anticipated signature events of the Neptune Festival’s Annual Boardwalk weekend.
Neptune’s Land of Sand gallery competition area is housed on the beachfront under a massive tent that is almost the length of a football field. Visitors’ experience includes close-ups of all the action, meet and greets with the sculptors, “quicksand” competitions, unique photo ops, live music, shelter from wind and rain for viewing in any weather, and lights for evening viewing. The tent is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, ensuring the entire family can enjoy the wondrous sand masterpieces.
Sand Sculpture Masterpieces await guests at the Neptune Festival’s International Sand Sculpting Championship
Sculpting enthusiasts and novices alike can learn from the professionals at free special hands-on sculpting clinics on the beach, from simple tools and skills to advanced techniques and prepping for competition. Continue to check the NeptuneFestival.com website for updates on sand sculpting clinic dates and information.
The Land of Sand ’s entrance is at 7th Street on the boardwalk.
Friday & Saturday, Sept 28th-29th | 9AM-11PM
Sunday, Sept 30 | 9AM-9PM
Mon-Sun, Oct 1-7 |10AM-6PM.
Admission is only $5, and children under 12 are free with an accompanying adult. The ticket includes a discount lunch coupon.
Bios of the competitors, as well more information about the event can be found at
Pirate-theme sand sculpture under construction at Neptune Festival’s International Sand Sculpting Championship
The Neptune Festival’s charitable sand sculpting partner is the Governor’s School for the Arts, a center for innovation serving high school students with a mission to develop excellence, nurture creativity, inspire artistic vision and build communities with a passion for the Arts.
PETER VOGELAAR, Canada | BRIAN WIGGLESWORTH, Florida | ABRAM WATERMAN, Canada | ALEKSEI RYBAK, Russia
KARLIS ILE, Latvia | MELINEIGE BEAUREGARD, Canada | KAREN FRALICH, Canada | JOHN GOWDY, Italy
KRISTS ZARINS, Latvia | ZSOLT TOTH, Hungary | JORIS KIVITS, Netherlands
JONATHAN BOUCHARD & JACINTHE TRUDEL, Canada | EDITH VAN DE WETERING & WILFRED STIJGER, Netherlands MEREDITH CORSON-DOUBLEDAY & DAN DOUBLEDAY, Florida | ANDRIUS PETKUS, Lithuania & DMINTRY KLIMENKO, Russia DAN BELCHER, Missouri & HELENA BANGERT, Holland | DAVID DUCHARME, Canada & WIACZESLAW BORECKI, Poland
KIRK RADEMAKER, California & SUE MCGREW, Washington | MATTHEW DEIBERT & IAN DEIBERT, New Jersey
BAGRAT STEPANIAN & ANDREY VAZHYNSKYY, Russia | JAN ZELINKA & JAKUB ZIMACEK, Czech Republic
Guests at the Neptune Festival International Sand Sculpting Championship enjoying the masters at work
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