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.

Click here to view the 2016 International Sandsculpting Championship Winners


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.

  • Viewing time of 10 days
  • Walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
  • Lighting for viewing into the evening hours
  • Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Live music and entertainment exclusive to the sandsculpting tent
  • Live "QuickSand" competitions (These sculptors are quick on their feet!)
  • Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!

Hours for Neptune's Land of Sand

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.

Amateur Sandsculpting

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

Click Here for the 2017 Amateur Division Brochure


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

Sculptor Biographies