How else can one describe this event any other way than with an experience? With a world-class venue, talent, and prize purse, Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other. From the gallery feel and extended viewing hours, your sandsculpting fill can be quelled with a single visit.
It's been the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival since its inception, and has grown to the signature event of an entire region. With an international field of sculptors representing 11 countries from around the world, watch the professionals turn grains of sand into works of art in just 3 days!
32 of the world's most talented sculptors will be in Virginia Beach creating incredible works of art for our viewing pleasure.
A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country.
Friday, 9/29: 9 am - 11 pm
Saturday, 9/30: 9 am - 11 pm
Sunday, 10/1: 9 am - 9 pm
Monday - Sunday: 10/2 - 10/8: 10 am - 6 pm
Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket.
Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible. NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.
School Division and Freelance Sculpting Divisions
During Boardwalk Weekend, you can also cheer on your favorite local school or freelance entrant as the amateur division shows its style. Pre-registration is required to participate.
Saturday, 9/30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
School Division: 4th - 6th Streets
Freelance Division: 8th - 10th Streets
The Neptune Festival is thrilled to announce the return of our Sandsculpting Charitable Partner: The Governor's School for the Arts!
The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision and builds communities with a passion for the Arts. GSA is a regional secondary arts school sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the public school divisions of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. GSA provides intensive, pre-professional individualized instruction in Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Musical Theatre and Theatre, and Visual Arts. Students attend their home high school in the morning and attend GSA in the afternoon for three hours each school day during the adacemic year. Transportation is provided to GSA by the local school divisions. Students may earn three credits for each year they attend GSA. Admission to GSA is by audition. Any student in grades 8 -11 is eligible to apply. Applicants who pass the audition may then apply to the school and must provide teacher recommendations and permission from their high school principal. To attend GSA, the student must be enrolled in a public high school in one of the eight participating school divisions. www.gsarts.net - Find us on FACEBOOK or call 757.451.4711