Neptune Festival Announces Cancellation of 2020 Boardwalk Weekend
Treasured Virginia Beach Tradition Cancelled for the First Time in its 47-Year History
July 8th, 2020 - Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival has been a treasured Virginia Beach tradition for decades. With a mission to “Celebrate Beach Life,” the 47-year-old private, non-profit organization produces over 40 events annually, which bring over 400,000 visitors and residents to Virginia Beach. It generates over $20 million in economic impact and contributes to the charitable, educational and recreational development of Hampton Roads. On Wednesday, July 8th, the Neptune Festival announced, for the first time in its history, it will be cancelling the Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend previously scheduled for September 25-27, 2020.
“After much discussion with our staff and leveraging the collective wisdom of our board, we have decided we cannot, in good conscience, proceed with a festival of Neptune’s magnitude during this time. With great reluctance, we have come to the only conclusion we feel is available to us, to skip our 2020 celebrations and move forward with developing plans to make the 2021 Neptune Festival the best ever.” said Nancy Creech, President and CEO of the Neptune Festival.
The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend’s 3-day event draws very large, often densely packed, crowds to the Virginia Beach oceanfront to enjoy 35+ musical acts on three concert stages, a nationally-celebrated Art & Craft show which features the works of 250+ artists, a Grand Parade featuring over 100 marching units and floats, an 8k Race with over 1,000 runners and spectators, an International Sandsculpting Championship which features 32 sculptors from 11 countries, an Atlantic Sailing Regatta, a Volleyball Tournament, a Beach Yoga and Fitness Experience, a Youth Art Show, a cornucopia of food vendors, exhibitors and so much more. Maintaining social distancing and good safety practices would be next to impossible.
“We are devastated,” said David Burton, Neptune Festival Chairman of the Board. “We understand that not only will we disappoint hundreds of thousands of people who have made the Neptune Festival their annual tradition, but the local businesses, hotels and restaurants who have depended on us to bring almost half a million people through their doors will be impacted. It was a very difficult decision, but no doubt history will reflect it was the right and responsible one.”
Neptune Festival events that have been cancelled (in order of their occurrence) for 2020:
Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, Seniors Gala, Surfing Classic, Fall Wine Festival, End of Summer Bay Bash, International Sandsculpting Championship, Art & Craft Show, Grand Parade, Atlantic Regatta, Volleyball Tournament, Youth Art Show, and Hometown Heroes: Neptune's Final Toast
Neptune Festival events that have been postponed or adjusted, pending future regulations:
King Neptune's Invitational Golf Tournament, Neptune's Coastal Craft Beer Festival, and Neptune's 8k Race
For information on specific events, please visit our website at www.NeptuneFestival.com
***If you have purchased tickets to cancelled events or were accepted as a food/non-food vendor, exhibitor, or artist, the Neptune Festival office will contact you with more information. Please be patient as we reach out to each person and company individually.***