Neptune Festival’s Art and Craft Show Earns National Acclaim

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s Art and Craft Show Earns National Acclaim
Prestigious Annual Show Ranks in Country’s Top Five

August 19, 2019- Virginia Beach

Once again, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s Art and Craft Show has been recognized as one of the nation’s top art shows, ranking fifth in the Fine Art and Design category of the 2019 “200 Best” issue of Sunshine Artist Magazine. The highly acclaimed show is one of the highlights of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk weekend, which held annually on the last weekend of September.

“We are very pleased to be able to attract over 250 talented artists from across the nation to our Art and Craft Show,” said, Nancy Creech, President and CEO of the Neptune Festival. “It’s through the hard work of people like Sharon Tanner, our show director, that we continue to enjoy wonderful national acclaim, keep talented artists returning year after year and are able to present a stellar show to our Festival guests. We hope everyone will celebrate beach life with us and come out and enjoy the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend and the Art and Craft Show, September 27th through 29th, during our 46th year celebration.”

Running the length of the Virginia Beach boardwalk between 20th and 31st streets, this juried Art and Craft Show has cash awards which draw artists from near and far. From exquisite original artwork and photography, to the finest handcrafted sculptures and glasswork, this highly anticipated show features for sale the works of hundreds of creative artisans. For people who crave inspiration, enjoy fine art, want to support the art community, or just want to pick up a memento to remember a great weekend, this is an event not to be missed. Admission is free.

In the Youth Art Show on Sunday, September 29th, guests can view of the creations of tomorrow’s masters. Local young artists in grades 7 through 12 will exhibit traditional and contemporary mixed-media works in a juried art show with prizes. Artwork will be available for purchase. Show time is 10AM-5PM and is located between 27th-28th streets.

The Boardwalk Festival Art and Craft Show is part of 34 blocks of rousing summer entertainment and fun. The art show hours are Friday 12PM-7PM, Saturday 10 AM -7PM, and Sunday 10AM -6PM. However, the free entertainment lasts into the night, with live music on festival stages at 17th, 24th, and 31st streets until 11PM Friday and Saturday and 6PM on Sunday.


Visit for more information on other Boardwalk Weekend events, including Neptune’s 8k Run (Saturday, 9/28, 8AM), The Grand Parade (Saturday, 9/28, 11:30AM), Beach Volleyball Tournament (Saturday, 9/28, Sunday 9/29, 9AM -5PM), Atlantic Regatta (Saturday, 9/28, 8AM), and Hometown Heroes: King Neptune’s Final Toast (Sunday, 9/29, 8AM).

Trolleys will run on Atlantic Avenue between 1st and 42nd streets, 8 am – midnight. The cost is $2.
Restrooms and Beverage tents are located at the 17th, 24th, 31st Street parks.

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