The festival opens September 26, 2015 with a grand parade down Atlantic Avenue and closes October 4, 2015. You can stroll along the boardwalk from 18th – 29th street and find vendors under a sea of white canopies selling their wares and delicious foods. If you decide to attend, find the vendor selling the fish tacos. They are yummy in your tummy. They also sell veggie burgers, gyros, and a variety of other foods that you can expect at a festival. There are also vendors selling arts, crafts and musicians to entertain you.
What excites me about the festival is the artists who create these amazing sand sculptures. This year’s Neptune Festival will host 32 international sculptors who will flex their muscles and compete for the prize. Sculptors will bring their skills from the USA, Russia, Holland, Canada, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Ireland and Singapore. Big money is up for grabs and big sculptures will rise on the sand. The precision that they use to make the sculptures is incredible.
It is so much fun to walk along the beach and check out these beautiful works of art. To give you a taste of what you will see here’s a few pictures from prior festivals:
The first time that I saw sand sculptures was in Venice Beach, CA. I couldn’t believe that such beautiful artwork could be made out of sand. I was hooked. My daughter moved to Virginia Beach years ago, so I try to attend the Neptune Festival when I can. The sand artists never disappoint. If you’re willing to pay an entry fee, you can sit under this massive canopy if the weather is not cooperating and watch the artist sculpt. The fee also allows you to mingle with the artists.
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Neptune Festival. Parking can be found on Pacific Avenue without too much trouble and it allows easy access to the boardwalk. Be sure to bring a stroller for baby, hat and your sunscreen. You’ll want to spend the day.