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. 26-28 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. 29
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.
17th Annual Neptune Fall Wine Festival - Sept. 6
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.
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.
40th 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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Love culture but hate spending beaucoup bucks for it? Take advantage of these free (or mostly free) opportunities to enjoy music and entertainment:
- Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Every Thursday from 6 - 9 pm at the museum's Best Cafe, enjoy free live jazz. Food and drinks are available for purchase (and don't miss the museum - it's free!).
- Second Fridays Wine Tasting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - It's free from 6 pm to 8 pm. On First Fridays from 5 pm to 8 pm, they offer free entertainment and Happy Hour specials on beverages all evening and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm.
- Free Glass Demonstrations at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum - Tuesdays through Sundays at noon, enjoy free glass demos at their Glass Studio building. Also, on the third Thursday evenings of the month at 7 pm, they offer live music, a cash bar, and glass performance art. It's just $5 per person.