Virginia Beach Neptune Festival 2016

For over 30 years, I have attended the annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.  It is one of my two favorite annual event weekends.  Except for two years, when hurricanes roared through the area, we have stayed at the oceanfront for the three-day Boardwalk weekend.

This year the Neptune Festival was held September 30 through October 2.  While the weather was iffy leading up to the events, we managed to enjoy our time over the weekend. 

I had arranged a week’s stay, through a timeshare exchange, into one of my favorite resorts in Virginia Beach, Four Sails Resort.  It’s the hidden gem at the north end of the Boardwalk.  All units are oceanfront.  The staff is wonderful.  There are complimentary bikes and WIFI, and it’s budget friendly.

 

At the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, one can enjoy strolling 12 blocks of art, crafts and food along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. There are a multitude of other happenings to be enjoyed by all.  Scheduled annual events include the Neptune Festival Grand Parade down Atlantic Avenue, a fireworks extravaganza, Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta and Volleyball Tournament,  the 8K and 5K Neptune’s Run, and music at the various oceanfront stages. 

 

 

While I immensely enjoy all these events, my absolute favorite is the International Sandsculpting Championship.  I take many pictures of the incredible works of art created out of sand.  Each year, I marvel at the displayed talent of these artists, who come from around the world to create their sculptures of sand.

This year was no different.  All were incredible.  Of course, there were favorites, but I found each one quite intriguing and awe-inspiring.   I arrived on Friday afternoon and took the opportunity to snap many pictures prior to the crowds arriving.

Below are some of my personal favorites from the championship.

 

In closing, I’m already looking forward to next year.  Consider Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival when making your vacation plans for a visit to Virginia Beach. Take it from me, you won’t regret it.  It’s fun, fun, fun and usually really great weather!

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