Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend canceled for first time in its history

Posted at 1:41 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 13:41:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Neptune Festival canceled its Boardwalk Weekend for first time in its history.

The festival was scheduled for September 25-27.

Organizers said the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival has been a treasured Virginia Beach tradition for decades. With a mission to “Celebrate Beach Life,” the 47-year-old private, non-profit organization produces over 40 events annually, which bring over 400,000 visitors and residents to Virginia Beach. It generates over $20 million in economic impact and contributes to the charitable, educational and recreational development of Hampton Roads.

“After much discussion with our staff and leveraging the collective wisdom of our board, we have decided we cannot, in good conscience, proceed with a festival of Neptune’s magnitude during this time. With great reluctance, we have come to the only conclusion we feel is available to us, to skip our 2020 celebrations and move forward with developing plans to make the 2021 Neptune Festival the best ever.” said Nancy Creech, President and CEO of the Neptune Festival.

Neptune Festival events that have been cancelled (in order of their occurrence) for 2020:

Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, Seniors Gala, Surfing Classic, Fall Wine Festival, End of Summer Bay Bash, International Sandsculpting Championship, Art & Craft Show, Grand Parade, Atlantic Regatta, Volleyball Tournament, Youth Art Show, and Hometown Heroes: Neptune's Final Toast.

Neptune Festival events that have been postponed or adjusted, pending future regulations:

King Neptune's Invitational Golf Tournament, Neptune's Coastal Craft Beer Festival, and Neptune's 8k Race.

For information on specific events, please visit our website at

If you have purchased tickets to cancelled events or were accepted as a food/non-food vendor, exhibitor, or artist, the Neptune Festival office will contact you with more information.