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Why you Shouldn’t Miss the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach

2018 marks the 45th annual Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, held September 28th - 30th. Named as one of the top 100 events in North America, the Neptune Festival is the event you have been waiting for all year! Celebrate the beach life by gathering with thousands of others in the streets of Virginia Beach for a weekend of live music, food, art and of course the Neptune’s International Sand Sculpting Championship.

Located on 21st St. off Pacific Ave, Sundial Inn is conveniently located in the middle of all the action, making us the best choice for your Virginia Beach vacation.

So, if you are in town or thinking about booking a vacation to Virginia Beach this September here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Neptune Festival.

Three full days of live music
If you are a music fan, then this is the event for you! With three full days of live music, there is no shortage of entertainment and the best part is that all the concerts are all FREE! Jam out to local and national talents as they fill the streets with songs and sounds from different stages located at 17th, 24th, and 31st along the Boardwalk.

For a full music schedule, visit Neptune Festival’s website.

International Sand Sculpting Championship
Between 4th and 10th Streets, along the oceanfront, the International Sand Sculpting Championshiptakes place every year during the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach. Watch as artists from around the world turn grains of sand into works of art before your very eyes! This signature event is not to be missed and is fun for the entire family!

Neptune Art and Craft Show
This show features over 250 artisans who display their very best from handmade pieces to paintings and sculptures. Meander through the tent-lined streets and discover a piece for yourself to take home. It’s a true feast for the eyes!

Volleyball tournament
Put your skills to the test by entering the Neptune Volleyball Tournament. With entries available for all skill levels there is a match for everyone. Or just enjoy the games from the sidelines for an entertaining day at the beach.

Grand Parade
What festival would be complete without a parade? Head out on Saturday and grab the perfect spot to watch the Grand Parade. Stretching sixteenblocks (between 16thSt.– 32nd St.), this event brings with it larger-than-life balloons, marching bands, colorful floats and of course a visit from King Neptune and his court! This free event fills up fast, so get there early if you want front row seats.

Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta
Head out to sea for a break from the Boardwalk at the Atlantic Regatta. Watch from the oceanfront as sailboats make their way from Cape Henry to Rudee Inlet. You can watch as the boats arrive at Rudee Inlet or hang out at the 24th St. park for the finish.

Other notable events during Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach:

There really is no better weekend to plan a visit to Virginia Beach. Of all the Virginia Beach events that take place throughout the year, the Neptune Festival is one you shouldn’t miss! So, check out Sundial Inn’s affordable accommodations and book your getaway today!

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