Today is the start of the 41st Neptune Festival at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach.  There are many events that make up the festival, but my favorite aspect is the International Sand Sculpting Championship.  The sculptors are from the USA, Italy, Mexico, Russia and several other countries.  Their masterpieces are on display from 4th Street to 10th Street.




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.


Extended viewing time of 10 days

Expanded walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork

Improved 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

Neptune’s Land of Sand Hours:


Friday, 9/26: 9 am – 11 pm

Saturday, 9/27: 9 am – 11 pm

Sunday, 9/28: 9 am – 9 pm

Monday – Friday: 9/29 – 10/3: 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, 10/4: 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday, 10/5: 10 am – 8 pm

Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket.

Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible.  NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.



For more information on the Parade, Sandman Triathlon, the Boardwalk Weekend or the Neptune’s Art and Craft show, go to  There are many sporting events associated with the festival.