Locals and new transplants to the area all come to know and love the yearly Neptune Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Every summer we welcome countless tourists and their families to the beautiful beachfront to enjoy the sand and water, the fun activities, and the food and entertainment. But when summer is over, the locals have a festival all their own to “take back” the beach. And in that spirit, the Neptune Festival was born.
Now the Neptune Festival is a huge celebration of “beach life” for locals and all who have fallen in love with this town. Originally a Chamber of Commerce event, the Neptune Festival has changed with time by adding, growing, and adapting- like the city itself!
From it’s beginning in 1973, the Neptune Festival was a uniting force for the locals. It has always been about bringing people together to enjoy time with family and friends and have fun while doing it.
A focus on growth in the late 70’s and early 80’s led to the Neptune Festival forging into the future without the Chamber of Commerce, and they have successfully grown each year. As a private, non-profit organization, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival aims to entertain and promote events that contribute to the “charitable, educational, cultural, athletic, tourist, and economic development of the area.”
Some of the most famous parts of the Neptune Festival are the International Sand Sculpting Competition, the Boardwalk Art Show, and the parade. A community minded man is chosen each year to be King, and there is also a court of Tritons and Princesses. All are selected for their involvement in the city and their commitment to making life better in the city so many love to call home.
While there is always a large crowd (over 400,000!) in attendance, the real stars are the volunteers. Their countless hours of service and dedication to the event are really a huge part of the success of the event and enjoyment of so many while attending!
Interested in attending the Neptune Festival this weekend? Check out our info about the event including time, dates, and links for more info by clicking HERE, or head over to the Neptune Festival Website directly!