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 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:


It is with great reluctance, that we have decided to cancel the 47th Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend scheduled for September 25-27, 2020.

We are in the business of bringing 400,000+ citizens and visitors to the oceanfront to celebrate the beach life. A typical Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend consists of 3 days of 250+ artists on the boardwalk, 35+ musical acts on 3 concert stages, a Grand Parade featuring over 100 marching units and floats, an 8k Race with over 1,000 runners and spectators, an International Sandsculpting Championship that brings in 32 sculptors from 11 countries around the world, an Atlantic Regatta, a Volleyball Tournament, a Beach Yoga and Fitness Experience, a Youth Art Show, food vendors, exhibitors, and so much more.

We want to do all of that and more, but we cannot, in good conscience, proceed with a Festival of that magnitude during this time.

The 2021 Art & Craft Show application is not yet available.

The 2021 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show application deadline is May 31, 2021. 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.