Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship

Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship Returns to The Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend.

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1

Extended Hours Monday, October 2 – Sunday, October 8

7th Street on the Beach, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Admission to “Neptune’s Land of Sand” is $5.00 per adult with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. A buy one get one free lunch coupon is included with ticket.

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


For information call 757/498-0215 or visit

Virginia Beach, VA: It’s the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and it continues to expand and grow as the Neptune Festival vies to make Virginia Beach the sandsculpting capital of the world! Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship returns to the Neptune Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend beginning September 29 and will continue through October 8. The international field of 32 sculptors, 12 solo and 10 double teams represent 11 countries from around the world and all competing for over $57,500 in awards and stipends. According to sculptor John Goody (Italy), “(This) is by far the best event on our national sand competition circuit. From management, to total prize package, to hotel accommodations, to just plain fun, this event is second to none." The competition begins on Tuesday, September 26 but is closed to the public for the sculpting portion. After judging on Thursday afternoon, “Neptune’s Land of Sand,” the gallery of completed sand sculptures, opens under the big tent at 7th Street Friday morning and remains open through Sunday, October 9 The expanded schedule for “Neptune’s Land of Sand” gives residents and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy these magnificent art creations for ten days. With the highest caliber of sculptors available and expanded viewing time, it all adds up to enhanced opportunities and time for people to enjoy. Most importantly, the ten-day event provides an enhanced fund-raising opportunity for the event’s charity partner, The Governor’s School for the Arts. A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country.

  • Viewing time of 10 days
  • Walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
  • Lighting for viewing into the evening hours
  • Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Live music and entertainment exclusive to the sandsculpting tent
  • Live "QuickSand" competitions (These sculptors are quick on their feet!)
  • Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!

  • Amateur Sandsculpting - School and Freelance Sculpting Divisions

    During Boardwalk Weekend, you can also cheer on your favorite local school or freelance entrant as the amateur division shows its style. Pre-registration is required to participate.

    Saturday, 9/30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • School Division: 4th - 6th Streets
  • Freelance Division: 8th - 10th Streets

  • 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 such as EQUI-KIDS, The Governor's School for the Arts, Toby's Dream Foundation, Achievable Dream Foundation, Virginia Beach Rotary, Town Center Kiwanis Club, Virginia Beach Police Foundation, Virginia Beach Jaycees, and Virginia Musical Theater, among others. 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.