We are a private non-profit [501 (c) 3] organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The operating principles of the Neptune Festival focus entirely on serving the City of Virginia Beach in a holistically ambitious attempt to help the community strive for all aspects of greatness.
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.
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend alone annually generates $23.5 million in economic impact, $16.9 million in direct impact by Boardwalk Weekend visitors, and $1.19 million in direct municipal taxes. Investing in and partnering with other regional businesses whenever possible, the Neptune Festival spent in excess of $1,000,000 with local businesses, service providers, vendors, and suppliers in 2018.
Neptune Festival shares monies with partnering charitable organizations such as EQUI-KIDS, The Governor's School for the Arts, Toby's Dream Foundation, Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association, Virginia Beach Rotary, Town Center Kiwanis Club, Virginia Beach Police Foundation, Virginia Musical Theater, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonicity, 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 and among the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US.
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.
An economic impact study conducted by Choice Communications Systems, Inc. revealed the following:
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The Neptune Festival is truly a community enterprise. A volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of 40 community leaders, oversees all activities, none of which would be possible without the help of its 1,200+ volunteers.