The East Coast’s Largest Outdoor Party Celebrates Its 46th Year

The East Coast’s Largest Outdoor Party Celebrates Its 46th Year
The 46th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s August–September 2019 Schedule of Events Summary

August 16th, 2019- Virginia Beach

Momentum is building and King Neptune’s court is working at a fever pitch. From formal galas and wine, food & beer festivals, to golf tournaments, volleyball and surfing competitions, all 40+ annual events the Neptune Festival hosts in support of local charity partners and to drive tourism in Hampton Roads culminates in one spectacular flagship event at the end of September. This year, the 46th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend will be celebrated September 27th through 29th.

The excitement began in July with the launch of Neptune Festival’s Symphony by the Sea Series. Remaining dates for this free concert series, performed Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at Neptune’s Park at 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue, are August 22nd (Symphonicity), and September 5th (Virginia Symphony Orchestra). Bring a beach chair and come early, as the park fills up quickly for these popular summer concerts.

Neptune Festival’s Symphony by the Sea Series
August 22nd & September 5th | 7:30PM | Neptune’s Park at 31st Street & Atlantic Avenue
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Next up is the popular Neptune Festival’s 5th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival on August 24th from 1PM until 6PM at Neptune’s Park, featuring 65+ beers from 30 breweries. NEW IN 2019, Bold Rock and O’Connor Brewing will be showcasing the world of hard seltzers and Devil’s Backbone Adventure Van will be onsite for photo ops and exclusive tastings. Enjoy live music from FOX and the BEAR, Big Forest Fire and Anthony Rosano & Conqueroos. Delicious beer accompaniments will be available to purchase from Your Pie and The Coop food trucks. Tickets, which are $35 and $40 the week of the event, include a commemorative tasting glass and tastings throughout the day. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Neptune Festival’s 5th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival
August 24th | 1-6PM | Neptune’s Park at 31st Street & Atlantic Avenue
Tickets and more information can be found at

Seniors will light up the dance floor for the September 4th Neptune Festival’s Senior Gala at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Ballroom. Dinner, dancing and a delicious buffet will help make the evening memorable for seniors aged 62 and older. Tickets are only $15 and tables of 10 can be reserved for $150. This event always sells out, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Neptune Festival’s Senior Gala
September 4th | 7-10PM | Virginia Beach Convention Center Ballroom
Call 757.498.0215 to purchase tickets or reserve a table. More at

Neptune’s Surfing Classic is a surf showdown for surfers of all ages. Produced by the Eastern Surfing Association, this competition comes complete with prizes. ESA membership is not required to participate. Register by September 5th at 6PM and registration is $40 for the first division and $20 for each additional. Late entry/beach registration adds an additional $10 fee – on a first-come basis, if space is available in heats. All contest locations and dates are subject to weather and may change.

Neptune’s Surfing Classic
September 7th & 8th | 7:30AM | 2nd Street & the oceanfront
More information at
Register at

Neptune Festival’s 23rd Annual Fall Wine Festival returns September 14th and 15th and will feature the best of Virginia wines. Meet the winemakers responsible for helping build the superior reputation of Virginia wines, learn about their favorites, and enjoy an afternoon of ocean breezes and live music as you sample from a selection of over 70 wines. Entertainment by The Gold Sauce and Borderline Crazy on Saturday (8/14) and Mike Proffitt Duo and BJ Griffin & Galaxy Groove on Sunday (8/15). Remaining tasting tickets for this Saturday and Sunday event range from $35 to $50, based upon purchase date, attendance date and optional premium services. Tables and chalets are currently available, but sell out quickly. Advance ticket purchase discounts are also available. Only those 21 years old and older will be admitted.

Neptune Festival’s 23rd Annual Fall Wine Festival
September 15th & 16th | 12-5PM | Neptune’s Park at 31st Street & Atlantic
Tickets and more details, including how to reserve a chalet or table, are available at

The End of Summer Bay Bash is a spectacular way to celebrate the close of sizzling summer fun with endless food and beverages, exciting interactive entertainment, live music, and dancing by the water—all in support of Toby’s Dream Foundation. It happens in an exciting dance party atmosphere, Friday, September 20th, at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club, 7-11PM. Tickets for this unforgettable evening are $125 and include complimentary valet service—but you better act fast. A very limited number of tickets are available for purchase and only one remaining cabana package is available. Musical entertainment by LittKeys and BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove.

Neptune Festival’s End of Summer Bay Bash
September 20th | 7-11PM | Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club
Event details, upgrade options, sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at


The Neptune Festival’s flagship event, the event which ECLIPSES all other festival events, is the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend. Beginning on the last Friday of September, Virginia’s largest annual event will span over three days, from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September th along the Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk, from 2nd through 36th Streets.

Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend | September 27th-29th
Friday, 12PM-11PM | Saturday,10AM -11PM | Sunday, 10AM-6PM
Details available at

Celebrate the Beach Life along 34 blocks of non-stop action. Highlights include the top-five nationally ranked Art & Craft Show, extending from 20th through 31st Streets and featuring the works of over 250 artists, a Volleyball Tournament, the Atlantic Sailing Regatta, an 8K Race and a Grand Parade featuring a myriad of floats, marching bands and assorted entertainment. The signature event of the Boardwalk Weekend is the International Sand Sculpting Championship. Billed as one of the largest sand sculpting competitions in the world, spectators are able watch the transformation of piles of sand into works of art by 32 master sculptors from 11 countries over the course of the three-day build. This competition draws some of the best competitors from around the world. All of this happens in King Neptune’s Land of Sand, a huge tented gallery area extending from 6th to 8th Streets. The sand masterpieces remain on exhibit until October 6th. Admission is $5 to the Land of Sand and includes a discount lunch coupon. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying paying adult. The gallery accommodates strollers and wheelchairs, but animals will not be allowed.

Art and Craft Show
20th-31st Streets | Friday (9/27), 12PM-7PM | Saturday (9/28), 10AM-7PM | Sunday (9/29), 10AM-6PM

Volleyball Tournament
32nd-36th Streets | Saturday (9/28) & Sunday (9/29), 9AM-5PM

Atlantic Sailing Regatta
Along the Oceanfront | Saturday (9/28), 8AM-3PM

Neptune’s 8K Race
Start/Finish at Neptune’s Park, 31st St| Saturday (9/28), 6:30AM-11AM

Grand Parade
16th -32nd Streets on Atlantic Avenue | Saturday (9/28), 11:30AM-1PM

International Sand Sculpting Championship
6th-8th Streets, entrance at 7th Street
Friday (9/27) & Saturday (9/28), 9AM-11PM | Sunday (9/29), 9AM-9PM | Monday – Wednesday (9/30-10/2), 10AM-6PM
Thursday, 10/3 (City Employee Appreciation Day) 10AM-8PM | Friday-Sunday (10/4-10/6) 10AM-6PM

6th Street at the Beach: Everything provided. Arrive before class times to participate. Space is limited.
Saturday (9/29) 9AM, 1PM, 4PM; Sunday (9/30) 10AM.

Big Music Lineup for the Big Weekend
The soundtrack to Boardwalk Weekend comes from the nonstop daily outdoor music concerts at 31st, 24th and 17th Street stages featuring both local and national band.
Local and National Bands | 31st, 24th, and 17th Street Stages.
Highlights include UB40, The Psychedelic Furs, Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne and Skip Castro Band. See a complete lineup, including stage venue and performance times, at

Friday, September 27 | 5:00PM-9:30PM, Saturday, September 28 | 12:00PM-9:30PM, Sunday, September 29 | 10:00AM-4:00PM
15th Street on the Boardwalk
Bring the family to cool off under the shade of a bubbles tent, play yard games, and catch a movie! Test your skills with cornhole, giant jenga, connect four, and foosball…or dance it out to our house DJ. Once the sun goes down, the silent disco is open and a movie begins! Family Fun Zone is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 27 - Pirates of the Caribbean
Saturday, September 28 - Hook


Saturday, September 28 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | 36th Street Fitness Park on the Beach
Start your day off right with a free yoga session on the beach! All levels are welcome, bring a yoga mat or your beach towel to become one with the sea. Provided by LIFT Fitness Foundation, in conjunction with Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga.

Saturday, September 28 | 1:00PM-3:00PM | 36th Street Fitness Park on the Beach
Attend this family friendly fitness event to get your blood pumping! Activities will incorporate the beachfront strength training and body weight exercise apparatuses provided at the 36th Street Fitness Park.

All events are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted onsite to benefit the LIFT Fitness Foundation. LIFT Fitness Foundation serves homeless individuals, people in substance abuse recovery, veterans and children in our most vulnerable communities. LIFT’s mission is to create a foundation of wellness through exercise and nutrition education to uplift individuals in need; giving them hope, encouragement, and a sense of belonging as they prepare to take steps forward in their lives.


About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate tens of millions of dollars in the local economy and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. The economic impact to the area of its flagship event alone, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, was $23.8M in 2018. The annual weekend event is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2019’s Boardwalk Weekend is September 27th through 29th. Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit