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Sunday, September 29th
9:00am – 11:00am


Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Peacock Ballroom


$35 – Adult
$25 – Children under 16

Tickets include a continental breakfast, access to the event, Q&A Session and Autograph Opportunities


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Let’s celebrate our hometown heroes.

The Neptune Festival invites you to celebrate excellence at Neptune’s Final Toast in honor of our Hometown Heroes. Local heroes will be honored during Boardwalk Weekend at a Sunday breakfast by the sea.

Neptune Festival Parade 

Many of those who have chosen to live in our community have also chosen to make their professions in ways that provide valuable and critically needed services to all of us. They do this every day – quietly, efficiently and effectively. The Neptune Festival has established a program to recognize these organizations each year through representatives chosen by their organization’s leaders.

They are the defenders of our community and our country, our soldiers and police officers, sailors and firefighters, marines, airmen, emergency medical service volunteers and coast guardsmen, and they are those who teach our children. What they do for us all is epic in the truest sense – they are our hometown heroes.


CLICK HERE to nominate an Armed Forces Service Member as a 2024 Neptune Festival Hometown Hero.

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Frank Beamer Headshot

2023 Keynote Speaker

Frank Beamer

Frank Beamer, the first Tech alumnus to guide the Hokies’ football program since the 1940s, won more games at Tech than any other head football coach. Prior to Beamer, no other grid coach in Virginia Tech history had served more than 10 seasons as head coach. Beamer was also the most-tenured active FBS head coach, having been at his current school consecutively longer than any other coach in the nation at the time of his retirement. With a victory in the Independence Bowl, Beamer led the Hokies to 23  straight bowl games, making him one of four coaches all-time in college football history to accomplish that feat.


  • 1 Consensus National Coach of the Year 1999
  • 2 ACC Coach of the Year Honors 2004 & 2005
  • 3 BIG EAST Conference Championships
  • 3 BIG EAST Coach of the Year Honors
  • 4 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
  • 5 ACC Coastal Division Titles
  • 6 BCS Bowl Appearances
  • 13 Seasons with 10 or More Wins
  • 23 Consecutive Bowl Appearances
  • 25 Jersey Retired in 2002 (Now worn by a different player as an honor on a weekly basis)
  • 25 Sets of Siblings Coached at Virginia Tech
  • 41 Wins over AP Top 25 Opponents
  • 104 NFL Draftees
  • 100 Graduation Rate
  • 136 Blocked kicks during his tenure at Virginia Tech

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2023 Hometown Heroes

We’re taking this opportunity to celebrate some of our own hometown heroes. Thank you for all that you do!

Tina Garfield, Princess Anne High School

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Mike Mui

Virginia Beach Dept Of Emergency Medical Services

Master Firefighter Vincent G. Smith III

Virginia Beach Fire Department

Sergeant Frankie Filippone

Virginia Beach Police Department

Deputy Crystal Repass

Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

Petty Officer First Class Allen Cheng-Wei Jen, USN

United States Navy

Sergeant Marissa C. Mahek, USMC

United States Marine Corps

Petty Officer Second Class Scott Anderson, USCG

United States Coast Guard