INTERNATIONAL SANDSCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP
A world-class venue, talent, and prize purse, Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other. From the gallery feel and extended viewing hours, your sandsculpting fill can be quelled with a single visit.
It's been the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival since its inception, and has grown to the most prestigious event of its kind in the nation. With an international field of sculptors representing 11 countries from around the world, watch the professionals turn grains of sand into works of art in just 3 days!
32 of the world's most talented sculptors will be in Virginia Beach creating incredible works of art for our viewing pleasure.
NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM: LAND OF SAND
A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country.
Viewing time of 10 days
Walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
Lighting for viewing into the evening hours
Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
Unique photo opportunities
Live "QuickSand" competitions (These sculptors are quick on their feet!)
Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!
LAND OF SAND TENT HOURS
Friday, 9/25: 9 am - 11 pm
Saturday, 9/26: 9 am - 11 pm
Sunday, 9/27: 9 am - 9 pm
Monday - Wednesday: 9/28 - 9/30: 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday, 10/1: 10am - 8pm (City Employee Appreciation Day)
Friday - Sunday, 10/2 - 10/4: 10am - 6pm
Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied by adult.
Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible. NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent.
Entrance to the tent is located at 7th Street
LEARN FROM A PRO!
Master Sculptor, John Gowdy, will hold teaching clinics on the beach for your chance to learn from a pro! Join classes with your friends, classmates, or coworkers for a once in a lifetime, hands-on learning experience.
Saturday, September 26 | On the beach at 6th Street
9:00am - 11:00am: Sandcastle Building 101
1:00pm - 3:00pm: The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand
4:00pm-6:00pm: Sandcastle Building 101
Sunday, September 27 | On the beach at 6th Street
10:00am - 12:00pm: Sandcastle Building 101
- All sand, water, and tools provided -
- No reservations -
- Arrive before class times to participate -
- Space is limited -
Cost: Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied by adult.
6th thru 8th Streets
Virginia Beach, VA 23451