Neptune Festival Overview

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year. The Festival has an annual operating budget of $2.1 million, which is derived through corporate sponsorships, admission tickets, merchandise sales, and site revenues. The high quantity and wide range of sponsors and non-profit partnerships contribute to the charitable, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic development of the Hampton Roads region.

Events annually generate approximately $18 million in economic impact, approximately $700,000 of direct municipal taxes, and shares over $100,000 with partnering charitable organizations such as EQUI-KIDS, The Governor's School for the Arts, Toby's Dream Foundation, Achievable Dream Foundation, Virginia Beach Rotary, Town Center Kiwanis Club, Virginia Beach Police Foundation, Virginia Beach Jaycees, and Virginia Musical Theater, among others.


The Festival has vast geographic coverage and is well respected in the special events industry, as demonstrated by the consistent recognition of its flagship event, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the ABA and among the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by the Southeast Tourism Society. Pre-Festival events are held at various locations throughout the city of Virginia Beach, with Boardwalk Weekend taking place along 30 blocks at the oceanfront.


Every year the Neptune Festival draws hundreds of thousands of attendees and participants. Average estimated attendance over the past 3 years for festival events is over 400,000. The Neptune Festival’s most popular event - Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend - begins on the last Friday of September and is the largest annual special event in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mission Statement

To provide entertainment that enhances the quality of life for Virginia Beach residents and visitors. We produce and promote locally and nationally recognized events and activities that contribute to the charitable, educational, cultural, athletic, tourist and economic development of the area.

Through relationships with our volunteers, corporate sponsors, city agencies, military and other non-profit organizations, we provide entertainment and events that allow all to “Celebrate Our Community”

The Neptune Festival Brand

"Celebrate Our Community"


Community enjoyment and enrichment


Run exciting events that entertain and enrich the community through volunteer service and charity fundraising opportunities


Community members having fun at the beach and boardwalk


40 events, anchored by Boardwalk Weekend featuring the International Sandsculpting Championship


Enjoyment for families of all ages; enrichment for the community; positive economic impact and direct tax return

Target Audience

Families and people of all ages from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and beyond, seeking fun and entertainment

Community Outreach

The Neptune Festival provides exposure and fundraising opportunities for non-profit, civic and charitable organizations. Each year nearly 20 nonprofit organizations collectively earn over $100,000 from their involvement with the festival. And there are numerous opportunities for the community to get directly involved with the festival by volunteering for one of the 1,200 volunteer positions.

Awards & Recognition

  • Top 100 Festivals in North America - American Bus Association
  • Top 20 “Best Local Brands” - Inside Business publication
  • Best Festival, as voted by readers of Tidewater Women magazine
  • Best Annual Festival, as voted by readers of Hampton Roads Monthly magazine
  • #18 out of 100 Top Art Shows in the United States - Sunshine Magazine
  • “Shining Example” and Top 10 Events awards, both given by Southeast Tourism Society

Organizational Structure

The Neptune Festival is a private non-profit 501-c-3 organization consisting of a 40 member Board of Directors, 23 committees, over 1,200 Volunteers, full time staff members and over 40 events. The Neptune Festival is funded by corporate sponsorships, admission tickets, merchandise sales and site revenues.