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For attendees at our annual Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show, there is nothing quite like the thrill of discovering a new artist or being inspired by new works from an old favorite. It is an incredible experience to be surrounded by talented, passionate artists sharing their talents.

Let Your Art Shine

Often recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine in the top 10 of 200 Art Shows in the country, the Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show features more than 225 artists. Neptune Festival itself has been named one of the top 100 festivals in the US and is annually voted one of the top 10 festivals by the Southeast Tourism Society. The crowd estimate for the weekend is 400,000+. 

For more information about the Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show, please visit our ZAPP page below. Please read ZAPP content thoroughly before submitting your application. 

Art Show Hours

Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

Art Show Location

Tents will be set up from 21st through 31st Street on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Application Deadline

June 2, 2024

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Artwork Eligibility

Artists and craftsmen of original work in all media are eligible for the show, with acceptance based on a jury process. In all cases, the spirit of our guidelines intends that the work depend heavily on the “handmade” aspect of art and craft.

Note that food products, body care, recorded music, commercially manufactured, production studio work, buy-sell, kits, or imported items are not accepted. We reserve the right to remove work from the show that violates our policies and guidelines.

Attendees viewing art at Neptune's Art & Craft Show
Attendee viewing art at Neptune's Art & Craft Show

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

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 your work is not eligible for the Art & Craft Show, you may wish to apply for a space in it. Click here to apply to be a commercial vendor in the Marketplace.

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Attendees viewing art at Neptune's Art & Craft Show

Artist Highlights

  • Application Deadline: June 2, 2024
  • Acceptance/Non-Acceptance Notification: July 7, 2024
  • Application Fee: $40 for first application in one media category. One additional application in a second media category will cost $20. Application fee is non-refundable.
    You must use coupon code 2ndmedium for any additional media category you wish to apply for.
  • Booth Fee: $425, to be paid upon notification of acceptance.
    If the entire festival is cancelled by festival organizers, full space fee refund will be made within 30 days of cancellation, less processing fee. 
  • Artists may purchase more than one space. A limited number of corner spaces is available for an additional $125 each. Corner spaces permit showing on two sides, but exhibition space is limited to 10′ wide x 10′ deep.
  • Cash awards totaling $2,600 will be made based on standards of quality, professionalism, and originality.

For more information about the Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show, please visit our ZAPP page below. Please read ZAPP content thoroughly before submitting your application.

If you have questions, please email Sharon Tanner here or call the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215.

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