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Weather Update – The 2022 Virginia Beach Neptune Festival!

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2022 Update: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unfortunate, yet necessary, cancellation our 48th Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk activities planned for September 30 – October 2, 2022. Due to the forecasted heavy rains, tidal flooding, and gusty winds for this weekend, we are unable to guarantee a safe and enjoyable environment.

However, our International Sandsculpting Championship tent will open to the public Monday, October 3rd through at least October 9th. More information about a possible extended schedule is forthcoming.

Every year The Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach takes place over 30 blocks of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This year make sure to head down to the beach for Boardwalk Weekend which will include the North American Sand Sculpting Championship, Atlantic Regatta, Youth Art Show, Neptune’s Grand Parade, Poseidon’s Playground, as well as music, food, and more.

When: Boardwalk weekend takes place September 30 – October 2, 2022.

  • Friday 12-11pm
  • Saturday 10am-11pm
  • Sunday 10am-6pm

Where: 2nd to 33rd Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Stages are located at 24th, and 31st Streets on the Boardwalk.

For a full list of events click HERE. Some of the highlights are:

The North American Sandsculpting Championship is back and is always impressive. A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 10 solo and 12 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country. If you head over to check out the sculptures in the “Land of Sand” keep in mind the admission fee: $7 per person (admission purchased on-site – cash only) Children ages 12 and under are free while accompanied by an adult, and no pets are allowed. The tent does have access for wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Hours for this popular display are Friday, 9/30: 9am – 11pm. Saturday, 10/1: 9am – 11pm. Sunday, 10/2: 9am – 9pm. Monday – Sunday: 10/3 – 10/9: 10am – 6 pm.
  • Sculptures can be viewed through October 9, 2022. A complete description of the Sandsculpting Event including admission rates and hours of the display can be found HERE.
  • Don’t miss the Sand Clinics (October 1 & 2) where you can learn about Sandsculpting from a Pro! Topics of the clinics include Sandcastle Building 101 and The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand.

Neptune’s Grand Parade will take place Saturday morning, October 1, 2022, from 11:30am-1pm between 16th and 32nd Streets on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

  • This event is FREE and open to the public and takes place rain or shine. Get there early for the best spots! Additional information on the parade can be found HERE.

Neptune Festival Arts & Crafts Show – The art show features over 250 artisans displaying handmade work from paintings and sculptures, to photography and glass-work. A great place to shop!

Poseidon’s Playground Free Family Fun Zone – 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Free and open to the public. Visit with Face Painters, Stilt Walkers, Magicians, and Balloon Artists. Test your skills with cornhole, giant jenga, connect four, chess, checkers, and dance it out to the house DJ. Enjoy a Paint Party with The Mermaid Factory!

  • Friday, Sept 30, 2022 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 10:00am-9:30pm
  • Sunday, Oct 2, 2022 10:00am-4:00pm
  • On Friday and Saturday, the Movies begin at 7:30pm: Friday, September 29 – SING2  Saturday, Oct 1 – Encanto

Touch-A-Truck – 14th to 16th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

  • Free and open to the public
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10am – 6pm

For a Full List of Neptune Festival Activities that have been Canceled or Postponed (or Rescheduled) Please Click Here.