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2023 Year in Review

Another fantastic year

Celebrating the Beach Life

It’s been another amazing turn around the sun! We’re proud to bring together the people of Virginia Beach and our surrounding communities to enjoy the best the Beach has to offer.

Our Mission

Provide a quality, safe and diverse mix of events and activities that will:

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Enhance family values and togetherness

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Create a positive economic impact

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Showcase VB — our city by the sea!

2023 Festival Attendance

In 2023, our community showed up strong. In addition to the impressive number of attendees, 75% of guests visited our events more than 1 day and 61% of guests attended all 3 days! Thank you for joining us to celebrate the beach life while supporting the Virginia Beach community!


Festival Attendees

Neptune Statue with Bubbles

Economic Impact

Our Boardwalk Weekend events alone generated a $26.1 million economic impact in Virginia Beach.

The City earned approximately $1.35 million in local tax revenues from Neptune Festival attendee spending.

Attendees generated up to 27,003 hotel room nights in Virginia Beach.

The Neptune Festival is proud to reinvest directly into our community by spending more than $2,000,000 with local businesses, service providers, vendors, and suppliers annually.

Magnini, V. (2023). The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the 2023 Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Institute for Service Research, Virginia Beach, VA.

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Wine Festival Attendee Bubble

A Celebration All Year Long

Did you know even before Boardwalk Weekend arrives, we’ve already hosted a wide variety of beachy events?


Attendees at early season events


28th Annual King Neptune’sInvitational Golf Tournament

Neptune’s 18th AnnualSpring Wine Festival

12th Annual Symphony by the Sea Series(featuring six free concerts!)

Neptune’s 7th AnnualCoastal Craft Beer Festival

Seniors' Gala

Neptune’s 26th AnnualFall Wine Festival

End of Summer Bay Bash

Wine Glass and Beer Festival Bubbles
Bay Bash Attendees with Bubbles

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

The Grand Parade has been a staple of the Neptune Festival ever since its inception. Showcasing King Neptune, local schools, bands, and other community partners, this is a show you can’t miss.


people lined the parade route


beads handed out at the parade

Grand Parade
8K Run

Neptune’s 8K Race

Our race is one of the area’s oldest and most beloved. Our beginner-friendly race offers ocean views and a flat course.


miles run



(From The Netherlands!)

Boardwalk Weekend

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate with us on the boardwalk, enjoying concerts, sandcastle competitions, art shows, craft fairs and so much more.

Volunteers laughing at Spring Wine Festival


volunteer hours

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free concerts

Performer playing music facing crowd at Neptune Festival event


hours of live music

International Sandsculpting Championship

A signature event since its inception, our International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as the premier event unlike any other, with artists joining us from countries around the world.

Sandcastle Bubbles


Visitors came through the sandcastle tent


Pounds of sand were used to construct the sculptures


Families learned how to build a sandcastle from a pro

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Countries represented

Sculptor at International Sand Sculpture Championship at Neptune Festival


Sculptors participated

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Sculptures featured

Stroll Our Showcase

This year’s Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show and Marketplace featured more than 200 artists, 225 vendors and almost 3 miles of smiles! Recognized in the Top 25 out of 200 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country for the past 10 years by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this event definitely stands out in the crowd!

Couple viewing art at Neptune's Art & Craft Show on Boardwalk


Art & Craft Show Participants

Youth Art Show at Neptune Festival


youth art show submissions

Food vendors at Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend


Boardwalk Marketplace vendors

Poseidon FacePaint

Poseidon’s Playground

The Neptune Festival truly has something for everyone, with fun and free activities for visitors of all ages!


Ornaments Painted with the Mermaid Factory


Hours of face painting and fairy hair


Vehicles featured at touch-a-truck


Pupper participants in Dock Dogs

Athletic Adventures

Part of what makes Virginia Beach a great place to live and visit is our beautiful weather, sandy beaches and a shared love of being active in the sunshine.


Volleyball Participants


Surfers riding the waves


Healthy haven fitness classes taught by local instructors


boats racing in the Atlantic Regatta

Healthy Haven
Double Wave Divider 

Beyond the Boardwalk

We not only pride ourselves on having a positive economic impact on the City of Virginia Beach and greater Hampton Roads region, but we also focus on opportunities to extend that benefit to other non-profits and charitable organizations in our area.

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A million dollar investment

The Neptune Festival is proud to reinvest directly into our community by spending more than


with local businesses, service providers, vendors, and suppliers annually.

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Organizations supported

Apparel vendors at Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

41 local non-profit organizations were given free space on the boardwalk to tell their story and engage event attendees.

Two volunteers posing for photo at Craft Beer Festival

Town Center Kiwanis Club of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach Rotary Club staffed the Boardwalk Weekend beer tents. They earned $11,271 from their efforts!

International Sand Sculpture Championship Tent at Neptune Festival

The Governor’s School for the Arts’ involvement in the International Sandsculpting Championship earned their organization $24,678.

Volunteer at Neptune Festival 8K Race

An additional $6,050 went to Toby’s Dream Foundation, EQUI-KIDS, Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and LIFT Fitness Foundation for their involvement in Neptune Festival events.

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Eight Hometown Heroes were honored at Neptune’s Final Toast, featuring Coach Frank Beamer! Representatives from Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach Department of EMS, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard were honored at a breakfast by the sea.

2023 Neptune Festival Royal Court

The King and Tritons are chosen by the Neptune Festival committee from nominations solicited from the general public. The selection process weighs criteria such as demonstrated involvement and contribution to the quality of life in Virginia Beach and active participation in the activities of community life. Once chosen, the King and the Royal Court become ambassadors for the City throughout the year.

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King Neptune XLIX

Pender & Coward, PC

Blue Double Wave (Short)

2023 Tritons

Regina Amick
Wolcott Rivers Gates

Gregory Amorosso
Priority Automotive

Daniel Barton
Beach Dental Center

Michael Berlucchi
Virginia Beach City Council, Chrysler Museum of Art

George Faatz
Southern Company Gas

Christopher Pierson
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Skyler Thomas
Freedom Outdoors

Jesse Wykle
Aloha Snacks

2023 Princesses

Princess Megan Allman

Princess Anna Lee Barton

Princess Carey Boone

Princess Sanya Chandiramani

Princess Cate Dixon

Princess Emerson Eaves

Princess Madeline Hobbs

Princess Kaia Jackson

Princess Laci Macan

Princess Katie Sager

Princess Jordyn Schelby

Princess Reese Thompson

Princess Marissa Williams

2023 Neptune Festival Sponsors

Thank you to all our Neptune Festival sponsors and donors. Without your continued support, none of this would be possible!

Supreme + Premier Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Leading Sponsors

Official Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors


Bay Disposal

Bennett’s Creek Nursery

Black Tie Beach Shop

Buzz Franchise Brands

Cox Media

Guayaki Yerba Mate


Il Giardino Ristorante

Jerry’s Artarama

Mermaid Factory

REW Corporation

Rockafeller’s Restaurant

Rudee Tours

Sun Belt Rentals

TFC Recycling

White’s Old Mill Nursery & Garden Center

Scepter Society

Jason and Buffy Barefoot
David and Anne Burton
Lonnie and Heather Bush
Stephen and Denise Childs
Stacy and Aimee Cummings
Douglas and Ellen Ellis
Peter and Karen Graham
Brad and Molly Hobbs

Jeremy and Lisa Ingram
Akhil and Nita Jain
Kyle and Mollie Korte
William and Laura Lascara
John and Pat Litz
George and Gwen MacDonald
John and Harriet Malbon
Jeff and Debbie Marks
George and Kim Melnyk

William and Laura Morrison
Napolitano Homes
Victor Philleo and Laura Jens
Becky and Gregory Sawyer
Brian and Kimberly Schools
William and Bev Sessoms
Pat and Kim Shuler
James and Joan Spore

Group of women getting refills at Neptune Festival Wine Festival

Learn more about all the ways that we celebrate the beach life!

Learn About The Neptune Festival