The annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is more than just a yearly event featuring free musical entertainment, delicious food, over 300 crafts booths, Surfing and Volleyball competitions, arts & craft shows, an Atlantic Regatta, fireworks, and the Grand Parade.
It's also the site of a fierce competition between local and international sand sculptors...and sand sculpting cities! (Virginia Beach likes to duke it out with Myrtle Beach for the World's Largest Sand sculpture contest!)
While the highlight-- the Boardwalk Festival-- takes place Sept. 27-29 along 5th through 10th Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it also includes weeks of fun events, including the following:
Endless Summer Beach Bash - Aug. 30
Cavalier Beach Club, 42nd and Atlantic, 8 pm - 12 am
Say "good-bye" to summer with "endless" food and dancing. Prices: $100 per individual ticket, $2,500 per table, $5,000 per cabana. For details, click here.
17th Annual Neptune Fall Wine Festival - Sept. 7-8
Neptune's Park 31st Street, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sample fine wines and food at this fine wine extravaganza. More than a dozen top-notch Virginia vineyards (including Trump Winery and Barboursville Vineyards) will be on hand to let you taste merlots, chardonnays, rieslings, and other fine specialty wines while shopping local craft and wine accessory vendors.
Tickets for Saturday are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets for Sunday are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, call call 757-498-0215, or buy tickets by clicking here.
Seniors' Gala Ball - Sept. 11
Cavalier Beach Club, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Kick off Virginia Beach Neptune Festival events with this special Seniors Gala Ball Friday, Sept. 11, at the Cavalier Beach Club on the oceanfront. Dance the night away to Big Band music. Just $10 per person gets you in to dance, listen to music, sample refreshments, enjoy a cash bar, and meet King Neptune and his Royal Court.
39th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend Events
Hours vary by the event, but most events are absolutely FREE to viewers!
Sandman Triathlon - Sept. 15
2nd street, 7:30 am to 11 am
Surfing Classic - Sept. 7-8
8th street, 7:30 am to 11 am - Call (757) 696-1050 for details.
Arts & Craft Show - Sept. 27-29
8th street, Noon to 7 pm Friday, 10 am to 7 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm Sunday
Viewing is free and open to the public.
North American Sand Sculpting Show - Sept. 27-Oct. 6
5th street - 10th Street
View over 300 sculptors in three divisions as they create true works of art. This year, they have an extended 10 full days in which you can view the sand sculpting (and it's free!).
This year, they'll also be offering "Neptune's Kingdom, Land of Sun," a huge, football-sized covered tent, which will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the biggest money prize given in the US for san sculpting. Don't miss Teaching demos and live "QuickSand" competitions.
Atlantic Regatta - Sept. 28, 8 am to 3 pm
All day along the ocean, see cruisers and catamarans sponsored by the Broad Bay Sailing Assoc.
Volleyball Tournament - Sept. 28-29
32nd-36th Streets at 9 am
Fireworks Celebration - Sept. 28
14th Street Pier at 9 pm
Youth Art Show - Sept. 29
27-28th Streets from 10 am to 5 pm
Grand Parade - Sept. 28
16th to 32nd Street, 11:00 am - 1 pm
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Jul 24, 14 09:02 PM
Christmas may be months away, but kids can enjoy Santa this weekend at Yankee Candle Williamsburg's "Christmas in July event.
On Saturday, July 26, kids can join Santa's workshop to make a free ornament from 10:15 am to noon. On July 27 from 10:15 am to noon, kids can join Mr. and Mrs. Claus in decorating cookies.
While there, don't miss the store's "snow showers" and kid-friendly clock shows. For more information, click here.
Jul 24, 14 08:51 PM
In honor of National Carousel Day, on Friday, July 25 you can enjoy a free ride on the Hampton Carousel. Nearly 100 years old, the historic carousel is located next to the Virginia Air and Space Center, at 610 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton.
Jul 20, 14 09:40 PM
After flying to 40 countries I thought I'd learned it all about air travel. But as I sat on the plane last night returning from a trip to the West coast I suddenly realized three things I'll do next time I fly.
1) Bring bleach wipes: Yep, I'd brought Wet Wipes to clean off my seat area, having learned long ago that airplane seat armrests, tray tables, and seat pockets are teeming with bacteria. But after all the funky germs we keep hearing about in the news (e.g., MRSA) and sitting there thinking how many people had probably touched that seat area since the last good scrubbing, I wish I'd brought bleach wipes. Next time.
2) Bring a little vial of "odor protector": Can't believe this has never happened to me before, but the guy next to me absolutely reeked of mold, having obviously left his clothes in the washing machine for a week. How'd you like to sit next to that for five hours? My sister-in-law likes to travel with a dab of peppermint oil or a little Vicks Vapor rub under her nose when she flies. Now I know why. So next time, I'm bringing a little vial of my favorite perfume as a little odor defense if I need it.
3) Fly Virgin: One word comes to mind after flying Virgin America for the first time. "Wow." Just "wow." They make flying fun again! Everything, from the music they play at check-in, to the friendly staff and flight attendants (who all seem to love their jobs compared to staff on other airlines who often seem basically fed-up and sometimes curt) to their hilarious and brilliant safety video, to the fact that my luggage was waiting for me in Baggage Check BEFORE I even got down there, they made me a Virgin believer!