​Neptune Festival’s Grand Finale!

Neptune Festival’s Grand Finale!

2017 BOARDWALK WEEKEND featuring

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 / Along 2nd – 36th Streets on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, noon - 11 p.m. / Sat., Sept 30, 2017, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. / Sun., October 1, 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For more information call 757/498-0215 or visit www.neptunefestival.com
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Virginia Beach, VA: It’s Virginia Beach’s most famous party – The Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend! This grand finale to the 44th Anniversary and 2017 Neptune Festival season includes something for everyone! Boardwalk Weekend’s signature event is the renowned Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship. Internationally known as the largest competition of its kind in the United States, this event has the richest prize purse in the country and draws professional sand artists from around the globe to cultivate their finest masterpieces. These showy sand masterpieces will be on display in the Neptune Sand Gallery, Neptune’s Land of Sand, from Friday September 29th – Sunday, October 8th The weekend also includes a continual series of daily outdoor concerts along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk with a variety of live music. Music headliners for 2017 include TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Connells, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Eric Paslay and Steel Pulse. Additional weekend features include the Neptune Art and Craft Show with over 250 artisans showcasing their talent along the boardwalk; a spectacular Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean; volleyball tournament; Atlantic Sailing Regatta; and an 8K and 5K run. There is even a 26-yard Crab Crawl for kids up to 5. Additionally, the Grand Parade features more than 100 floats, military units, costumed characters and marching bands, including the award winning Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band, along the oceanfront.

Boardwalk Weekend Highlights

1. Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship
Between 4th and 10th Streets on the beach under the big tent, Entrance to Land of Sand on 7th Street. Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship returns to the oceanfront as one of the world’s largest sandsculpting competitions. The results of this spectacular competition will be on display under the big tent (Neptune’s Land of Sand) for 10 days beginning Friday, September 29 –Sunday, October 8. Admission to “Neptune’s Land of Sand” is $5.00 per adult with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. A discount “Buy 1-Get 1 Free” lunch coupon is included with purchase. NO ANIMALS allowed. “Neptune’s Land of Sand” is wheelchair accessible. Special sand “photo ops” available.

Neptune’s “Land of Sand” hours:
Friday, 9/29: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday, 9/30: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday, 10/1: 9 am – 9 pm
Monday – Sunday: 10/2 – 10/8: 10 am – 6 pm
Vote for your favorite solo and team sculpture in the People’s Choice Voting available at the event. Also, receive a discount lunch coupon with admission ticket. On Friday and Saturday of Boardwalk Weekend, don’t miss the excitement of speed sand sculpting with the “Quick Sand” as master sculptors square off in a game of speed against the clock.

Amateur Sandsculpting - School Division and Freelance Sculpting Divisions
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
School Division: 4th – 6th Streets
Freelance Division: 8th – 10th Streets

During Boardwalk Weekend, you can also cheer on your favorite local school or freelance entrant as the amateur division shows its style. This year’s theme is “Adventures Through Books.” Pre-registration is required to participate. For more information, call 757/498-0215 or visit www.neptunefestival.com.

2. Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show
Friday: Noon – 7 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. • Sunday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
18th – 29th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
More than 250 exhibitors present original works of art in individual displays along the boardwalk. The artists exhibiting between 25th – 28th Streets have been selected as eligible for judging for awards. Free and open to the public.

3. Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend Music
3 musical stages located at 17th Street, 24th Street, and 31st Street on the Boardwalk
Stages times: Fri: 6:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. • Sat: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. • Sun: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Over 30 free concerts throughout the weekend. Visit www.neptunefestival.com for complete stage lineup.

4. Boardwalk Weekend Food & Exhibitors
Friday: Noon – 11 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Along the Boardwalk between 10th – 35th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
This year’s outdoor dining experience features all of your favorite festival fare – enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean along with fresh crab cakes, mouth watering barbecue, fresh cut French fries, savory chicken on a stick, hot funnel cakes and cool Italian ices to list just a few! You’ll find these delectable food offerings, great exhibitors and bountiful shopping all along the Boardwalk.

5. Neptune’s 8K & 5K run and 26-yard Crab Crawl.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m.
24th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Run, walk or skip your way down Atlantic Avenue to Rudee Inlet as spectators and family members cheer you on. The event also includes 26-yard “Crab Crawl” race for kids up to 5 years old. After the races, enjoy the camaraderie and the festivities in the 24th Street Park; the fantastic after-race party is fun for participants and their guests! Registration IS required to participate. Register at www.neptunefestival.com. Viewing is free and open to the public.

6. Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
This recreational sailing event is presented in conjunction with the Broad Bay Sailing Association. Cruisers and catamarans will sail between Cape Henry and Rudee Inlet. Limited beach viewing.

7. Neptune Volleyball Tournament
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.|
32nd– 36th Streets, Virginia Beach
Oceanfront. In cooperation with Volleyball Virginia, this tournament features numerous skill levels of 2 on 2 men’s, women’s, and co-ed divisions. Pre-registration is required to participate. For more information, call Virginia Volleyball at 757/467-4719. Viewing is free and open to the public.

8. Neptune Grand Parade
Saturday: 11:30 a.m.
16th – 32nd Streets, Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
One of the highlights of the weekend, The Neptune Festival Grand Parade includes over 100 parade units from floats to marching bands, larger than life balloons, costumed characters and more! Even King Neptune XLIV and his entire Royal Court join the fun!

9. Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday: 9 p.m.
20th Street from the ocean, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Our spectacular fireworks show just gets bigger and better each year. Watch as thousands of brilliant colors explode over the Atlantic Ocean. Produced by Dominion Fireworks Company. Free and open to the public.

10. Youth Art Show
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
27th – 28th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Open to all young artists in grades 9 – 12, this event gives them a chance to display and sell their creations in a juried venue. Prizes totaling $1,600 will be awarded in various categories, including Best in Show, Neptune Youth Artist, Photography, and Most Creative. The awards also include Visual Arts High School (HS) and Visual Arts Magnet (M) in the medium categories to encourage participation from high school visual arts programs.

11. NEW Boardwalk Weekend Special Event - Tidewater DOCKDOGS!!
Friday: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
15th Street, Virginia Beach Boardwalk
The world’s premier canine aquatics competition where you can have the most fun with your dogs! Dock diving in an exciting performance sport that is all about fun for dogs, owners and spectators. During Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, dogs will participate n Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve competitions! Any breed from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane is welcome at a DockDogs event. Viewing is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required to participate. Please visit www.TidewaterDockDogs.com for more information!

12. General Information

  • Restrooms are located along the boardwalk and the 17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks.
  • Beverage Tents are located at 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets. Please have a valid photo ID. You must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcohol.
  • Festival Information is located at kiosks on 11th and 24th Streets on the Boardwalk.
  • Poster and t-shirts - Commemorative posters will be for sale at 24th Street. Posters and a limited number of autographed posters are available for purchase on the boardwalk or in advance at the Neptune Festival office or online at www.neptunefestival.com. Commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase along the Boardwalk at 14th, 24th and 31st Streets.
  • Road Closures: Atlantic Avenue (between 5th -34th Streets) will be closed Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7 am – 9:15 am and again from 10 am – 1 pm.
  • Parking: Please visit http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com for travel options as well as parking locations and pricing.
  • Neptune is Green - Our goal is to reduce our environmental impact through recycling, water and energy conservation, and community and business involvement. Please look for recycling available throughout the Boardwalk.
  • Festival Transportation - HRT Trolleys will run along Atlantic Avenue between 1st and 42nd Streets between 8 a.m. and Midnight throughout the Boardwalk Weekend. Rides are just $2 each. The easily identifiable trolley stops are conveniently located up and down Atlantic Avenue. Trolleys arrive approximately every 20 minutes but can take longer due to heavier traffic on event weekends. Visit http://www.gohrt.com/services/vb-wave/ for more information on oceanfront transportation

  • About The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

    The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year. The Festival has an annual operating budget of $2.1 million, which is derived through corporate sponsorships, admission tickets, merchandise sales, and site revenues. The high quantity and wide range of sponsors and non-profit partnerships contribute to the charitable, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic development of the Hampton Roads region. Events annually generate approximately $18 million in economic impact, approximately $700,000 of direct municipal taxes, and shares over $100,000 with partnering charitable organizations .The Festival has vast geographic coverage and is well respected in the special events industry as demonstrated by the consistent recognition of its flagship event, Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the ABA and among the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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    265 King’s Grant Road, #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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