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. 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.
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 survey conducted by the Bureau of Research, College of Business and Public Administration at Old Dominion University and a recent audit by the International Events Group revealed the following:
Provide a quality, safe and diverse mix of events and activities that will:
To create a venue which will:
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.