Get involved


The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival would not be possible without the crucial service of our approximately 1,200 volunteers. Beyond pure logistical support, Neptune Festival Volunteers bring a special atmosphere of community involvement, ownership, and fun to our events. Any and all help is greatly appreciated - whether helping visitors at an information booth during Boardwalk Weekend, selling tickets at one of our Wine Festivals, or working on the construction of a float for the Grand Parade - there is invaluable work to be done by volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

The need for volunteers is not limited to actually working at an event. There are plenty of opportunities to help out with planning, preparation, and general support in between events so we encourage you to sign up as a potential volunteer even if you cannot make it to one of the following events.

To sign up, visit our application page.

Position Descriptions

  • Pre-Festival Volunteer: Assist our harried and overworked staff with light tasks such as answering phones, stuffing envelopes or rolling posters.
  • Ticket Sales: Do people say you have the gift of gab or a winning sales style? Help us sell tickets to fun events such as the End of Summer Beach Bash and Wine Festivals.
  • Spring and Fall Wine Festivals: Think you know a little something about wine? Or do you enjoy greeting crowds, pouring wine, collecting tickets and putting on wrist bands? We’re certain to have a job for you at these events.
  • International Sandsculpting Championships: You can provide transportation from the airport for our Master Artists who are arriving from all over the world, prepare sites for the Youth, Master or Business competitions, or assist with clean-up after the event. Bring your sunscreen and enjoy a day at the beach!
  • Boardwalk Set-up/Breakdown: If you’ve got the muscles, we’ve got the jobs. This may include loading and unloading trucks, hanging banners, etc. We promise you will be extremely appreciated for your hard work.
  • 8K Run: Help keep our athletes safe! Being a Course Marshal means monitoring streets blocked to motor vehicle access. We have lots of other positions as well - including assisting at Packet Pick-up, Hospitality, and Water Stops. Come and cheer on our amazing runners!
  • Grand Parade: From the beginning of the Parade route to the end, we can use your help. You can help check-in parade participants and direct them to their staging area, be a Block Marshal to ensure safety and maintain the speed and pacing of participants, help set up the judges reviewing stands, or help direct participants to disband areas. Here’s your chance to get involved in one of the Festival’s most exciting traditions!
  • Neptune’s Art & Craft Show:Assist our fabulous artists with load in and out procedures, registration, or give them a quick break from the boardwalk by watching a booth. Hand out refreshments or help man the Art Show information booth. This event brings in over 270 artists, and is a feature event of the Festival!

To sign up, visit our application page.