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 most prestigious event of its kind in the nation. With an international field of sculptors representing 10 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 2021 Int'l 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 "QuickSand" competitions (These sculptors are quick on their feet!)
  • Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!


Friday, 9/30: 9 am - 11 pm
Saturday, 10/1: 9 am - 11 pm
Sunday, 10/2: 9 am - 9 pm
Monday - Sunday: 10/3 - 10/9: 10 am - 6 pm

Admission: $7 per person (admission purchased on-site - cash only)
Children ages 12 and under are free while accompanied by an adult

Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible. NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.

Entrance to the tent is located at 7th Street

A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits The Governor's School for the Arts - a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision, and builds communities with a passion for the arts.

The International Sandsculpting Championship tent is staffed by Governor's School students and families.
Take a moment to ask them about their school!


Master Sculptors will hold FREE teaching clinics on the beach for your chance to learn from a pro!
Join classes with your friends, classmates, or coworkers for a once in a lifetime, hands-on learning experience.

Saturday, October 1 | On the beach at 6th Street
9:00am - 11:00am: Sandcastle Building 101
1:00pm - 3:00pm: The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand
4:00pm-6:00pm: Sandcastle Building 101

Sunday, October 2 | On the beach at 6th Street
9:00am - 11:00am: Sandcastle Building 101
1:00pm-3:00pm: The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand

- All sand, water, and tools provided -
- No reservations -
- Arrive before class times to participate -
- Space is limited -

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our volunteers, performers, and employees. You must follow all posted instructions while attending all Neptune Festival events.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending a Neptune Festival event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

2022 Sand Sculptors


John Gowdy, USA/Italy
Peter Vogelaar, Canada
Karlis Ile, Latvia
Bruce Phillips, USA
Karen Fralich, Canada
Matt Diebert, USA
Helena Bangert, The Netherlands
Fergus Mulvany, Ireland
Jihoon Choi, South Korea
Maxim Gazendam, The Netherlands
Carl Jara, USA
Morgan Rudluff, USA


Brian Wiglesworth & Andy Daily, USA
Wilfred Stijer & Edith van de Wetering, The Netherlands
Dan & Meredith Doubleday, USA
Thomas Koet, USA & Martijn Rijerse, The Netherlands
Sue McGrew, USA & Benoit Dutherage, France
Donatus Mockus & Inese Valtere, Latvia
Krists Zarins, The Netherlands & Slavian Borecki, Poland
Steve Tapazio & Deb Barrett-Cutulle, USA
Joris Kivits & Jereon Advocaat, The Netherlands
Rick Mungeam, USA & Craig Mutch, Canada