go on Whether you’re a Virginia Beach local or a recurring guest, you’re likely already familiar with the phenomenal weekend-long festivities that abound during the annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, which this year celebrates its 48th anniversary and includes the acclaimed International Sandsculpting Championship. Yet, The Neptune Festival offers much more than Virginia’s largest annual special event – seriously!

The Neptune Festival, a private non-profit organization, has been celebrating Virginia Beach since 1974, hosting more than 40 family-friendly events in our coastal city every year! From free concerts and beachfront wine tastings to athletic competitions and an art show, The Neptune Festival’s series of events keep us celebrating all things VB all year long. And of course, all of these events take place just footsteps from the Atlantic Ocean at Neptune Park – as King Neptune himself watches over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

So, mark your calendars and grab your tickets now! Take it from us: you won’t want to miss out on any of this classic coastal fun.


17th Annual Spring Wine Festival

31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Saturday, May 14


25th Annual Fall Wine Festival Neptune

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Taste wines from around the world without ever leaving the beach during the Annual Spring Wine Festival, which features tastings of more than 70 wines from eight countries. Each tasting ticket includes unlimited tastings, with your own commemorative wine glass. Cheers to that! Enjoy live music just footsteps away from the Atlantic Ocean, and savor food from local food trucks (available for purchase on-site). Tickets are now available online but are expected to sell out quickly! 


Symphony by the Sea Concert Series

31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Select Thursdays, July - September


Neptune Festival Symphony By The Sea

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Presented by The Breeden Company, Neptune Festival’s Symphony by the Sea Concert Series returns for its 11th season of free concerts with a schedule of delightful musical performances. Open to the public, these performances are well-attended, so plan your visit accordingly – or indulge in a VIP Membership for season-long perks. All of the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.


  • Thursday, July 14: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 28: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, Aug. 11: Symphonicity
  • Thursday, Aug. 18: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, Aug. 25: Symphonicity
  • Thursday, Sept. 8: Virginia Symphony Orchestra


7th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival

31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

August 27


Neptune Festival Craft Beer

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Calling all craft beer lovers! Celebrate and sample national, regional and local craft brews during the annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival, featuring more than 60 beers from 30 breweries, food trucks, live music and more. Tickets include unlimited tastings and a commemorative beer-tasting glass and will go on sale on June 1 and are expected to sell out – so hop to it!


Neptune’s Surfing Classic

2nd Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

September (Exact Date TBD)

Neptune’s Surfing Classic  2nd Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront


Co-hosted by the Eastern Surfing Association, this beloved event sees new and experienced surfers alike take to the ocean in an ultimate surfing showdown at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Whether you’re participating or just taking in the incredible sights and sounds of this quintessential event on the water, you’re sure to have an invigorating experience. Registration details and more information will soon be available online.


25th Annual Fall Wine Festival

31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

September 10-11


Neptune Festival Wine

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Join Virginia’s leading vineyards for an unforgettable weekend of wine, food and live entertainment at the annual Fall Wine Festival. Taste more than 60 wines and learn from the purveyors bringing them to life – and purchase the ones you like by the bottle or the case. Your tasting ticket includes entry to the event and a commemorative wine glass. Tickets, including reserved tables, go on sale online on July 1 and are expected to sell out.


48th Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

6th - 36th Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2


Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

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The grand culmination of The Neptune Festival series of events, Boardwalk Weekend – now in its 48th year – brings together an array of family-friendly festivities for one unforgettable weekend on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Enjoy free concerts daily at festival stages scattered along 30 blocks of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and featuring more than 20 local, regional and national recording artists. Browse the works of more than 200 artisans at the Art & Craft Show, or marvel at the magnificent sand sculptures displayed at the International Sandsculpting Championship. Weekend events also include races, a volleyball tournament, a parade, a regatta, a Youth Art Show, a Family Fun Zone and so much more. So, take your pick! Featured events include: