Explore The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

watercolor of King Neptune

For the City of Virginia Beach, the end of September not only means it’s Fall, but it’s also time for The Neptune Festival! 

Neptune Festival Weekend

This week, starting on Friday, September 28th and ending on Sunday, September 30th, you and your family can enjoy fantastic activities. The Neptune Festival features something for everyone! It has art, wine tasting, concerts, and sand sculpting mixed in with the grand parade and even beautiful fireworks!

Entering into their 45th year, The Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach is going strong. With hundreds of thousands of attendees, many of which are Hampton Roads locals, there is plenty to do, see, and participate in for all ages! The festival takes place from 2nd Street all the way up to 36th Street along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

sign of Neptune Festival Virginia Beach

Neptune Festival Basics

This is the weekend you don’t want to miss! In fact, this festival has gotten itself onto the Country’s Top 100 Festivals and Top 10 on the East Coast. Not only do us locals love it, but the hotels are filled to the brim along the oceanfront. The vibe is truly remarkable!

Are you an art lover? The Boardwalk Weekend is Neptune Festival’s most popular event with curated artists, exhibitors, and vendors spread along the boardwalk.

There are 40+ fun events throughout the weekend, from sporting activities including the Neptune 8K, surfing competitions, and of course the famous art & craft show right along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Neptune Festival with kids

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Neptune Festival Grand Parade

You don’t want to miss Neptune Festival’s Grand Parade on Saturday, September 29th at 11:30 a.m. from 16th – 32nd Streets right along Atlantic Avenue. Our family loves parades, and this one, in particular, is one of our favorites! Since it starts right at 11:30 a.m., we like to ride our bikes a bit earlier to get the perfect spot on the curb to watch the festivities. Half our neighborhood is usually out there with us!

Neptune Festival princesses

PC: Julie Wiley Levine

Neptune Festival Princesses

Besides the marching bands from all around Virginia that parade down Atlantic Ave, it’s fun to see the dance teams with great music skip along. We love to see the big smiles from the Royal Court of King Neptune, Tritons, and Princesses waving from the float.

Neptune Festival Virginia Beach

Sand Castle Sculpting

We also love to watch the sand castle competition. If you go down to the boardwalk early in the week, you’ll be able to catch a peek at the artists begin their amazing creations under the tent. And boy, are you blown away by the finished products! Our buckets of sand plopped with shells and seaweed is NOTHING compared to what these sand castle competitors do.

Map Of Neptune Festival Activities

Locals tip: Save this map of the locations and events onto your phone – and plan your Neptune Festival adventure around it! Sunscreen everyone’s faces and make sure you have your water bottles filled up. A stroller or a backpack is a good idea for your little ones.

Neptune Festival map

What are your favorite parts of the Neptune Festival? Are you participating in any of the competitions? Be sure to take lots of photos when you go, and share them with friends and family on FamilyApp!

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