the Neptune Festival
It’s Virginia Beach’s most famous party, The Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend! This grand finale to the 43rd Anniversary and 2016 Neptune Festival season includes something for everyone! Boardwalk Weekend’s signature event is the renowned Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship. Internationally known as the largest competition of its kind in the United States, this event has the richest prize purse in the country and draws professional sand artists from around the globe to cultivate their finest masterpieces. These showy sand masterpieces will be on display in the Neptune Sand Gallery, Neptune’s Land of Sand, from Friday September 30 – Sunday, October 9.
The weekend also includes a continual series of daily outdoor concerts along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk with a variety of live music. Additional weekend features include the Neptune Art and Craft Show with over 250 artisans showcasing their talent along the boardwalk; a spectacular Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean; volleyball tournament; Atlantic Sailing Regatta; and an 8K and 5K run. Additionally, the Grand Parade features more than 100 floats, military units, costumed characters and marching bands along the oceanfront.