The Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as #5 of the Top 200 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country in 2019, and features over 250 artisans displaying handmade work.

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Show Location

19th through 30th Street on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Show Hours

Friday, September 25

Saturday, September 26

Sunday, September 27:

Artwork Eligibility

This juried art show requires pre-registration to participate, but viewing is free and open to the public.

Artists and craftsmen of original work in all media are eligible for the show, with acceptance based on a jury process. This show does not include a section for commercial or imported products. In all cases, the spirit of our guidelines intends that the work depend heavily on the "handmade" aspect of art and craft. We do not allow buy/sell and we reserve the right to remove work from the show that violates our policies and guidelines.

We will devote an area of the boardwalk to selected exhibitors who display work with the highest degree of originality, handcrafting and excellence. It will be only these exhibitors who are eligible for the cash awards. The decision of the show committee is final.

The 2020 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show application deadline is May 31, 2020.

The Festival includes a commercial section that is not part of this Art and Craft Show.
If you wish to apply for a space in it, please click here

Artist Information:


We are currently moving forward with the Art & Craft Show. No one knows what the coming weeks will hold, so we're trying to be flexible and resilient! We also understand that artists have had an extremely challenging show season so far, so we are going to make some changes for now that we feel will be helpful to all of us.

Our deadline for the return of applications will be extended from 5/31/20 to 6/15/20. We will make notification to accepted artists as soon as possible, but that may happen in stages, rather than all at once.

We intend to put into place safety measures that we can, but still don't know what those will exactly be. Participants are expected also to take some responsibility for themselves and to conduct business in as health-safe a manner as possible. If we get information that will be helpful to you, we will pass it on as soon as we can.

Additionally, and this is very important: IF the Festival and Art & Craft Show are cancelled due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, money will be refunded less your application fee.

Best of luck to you all. Please take care!

CLICK HERE to apply for the 2020 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show

The 2020 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show application deadline is May 31, 2020. Cash awards totaling $2,600 will be made based on standards of quality, professionalism, and originality.

For more information please contact Sharon Tanner at [email protected] or call the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215.

Accepted Artists: