The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival celebrates over 40 years on the oceanfront, and offers food and retail vendors numerous opportunities to participate in over 35 thriving events throughout the year. Our signature event, Boardwalk Weekend, attracts over 400,000 visitors to the Virginia Beach oceanfront - people who are ready to eat, drink, and purchase merchandise.

According to the International Events Group, the Festival has grown from its modest beginnings in 1974 into the largest special event in Virginia. It is also regularly selected among the Top 10 Events in the Southeast and Top 100 in the United States. Each year businesses and organizations of all types apply to take part in the Festival by having a space along the oceanfront during Boardwalk Weekend. Their reasons vary, of course, but several factors are undeniably attractive to all.


  • Attendance: Over 400,000
  • Demographics: 65% area residents, 35% visitors
  • Duration: 3 days, Festival begins the last Friday of September
  • Setting: Located adjacent to one of the foremost beaches in the United States during the best time of year for beautiful weather in Virginia
  • Cost/Benefit Ratio: Less than $0.01 per impression
  • Efficiency: Excellent staff-to-contact ratio (on average, more than 10,000 people will pass your location per hour)
  • Tangible Benefit: Personal, one-on-one contact with prospective clients and customers
  • Intangible Benefit: Participation in and association with a traditional, community celebration in which the attendees take personal ownership and pride