news virginia beach cancels neptune festival due to projected forecast

Virginia Beach cancels Neptune Festival due to projected forecast for tidal flooding

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The 48th annual Neptune Festival activities planned for this weekend have been cancelled. Due to forecasted heavy rains, tidal flooding and gusty winds, “we are unable to guarantee a safe and enjoyable environment,” according to a news release.

The International Sandsculpting Championship tent will open to the public Monday and will remain open through Oct. 9. More information about a possible extended schedule is forthcoming.

According to the release, they will also move forward with the “Neptune’s Final Toast: Celebrating our Hometown Heroes” event with Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier on Sunday at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

“While the Neptune Festival hosts more than 40 events each year, boardwalk weekend is our flagship celebration for which we literally plan all year long,” said Kit Chope, Neptune Festival CEO. “With the support of more than 900 dedicated volunteers, we welcome more than 400,000 visitors during the three-day event. Add to that 225 artists, 150 vendors and nonprofit partners, all event participants, and you have a lot of moving parts.

“This heartbreaking decision was not made lightly, but it’s the right one. The community’s safety is paramount,” Chope said.

Event cancellations include:

  • Neptune’s Art & Craft Show
  • All concerts at 24th and 31st Street Parks
  • All boardwalk vendors
  • Neptune’s Healthy Haven
  • Neptune’s 8k Race
  • Poseidon’s Playground Family Fun Zone
  • Neptune’s Touch-A-Truck Experience
  • Neptune’s Grand Parade
  • Neptune’s Surfing Classic (potential postponement)
  • Atlantic Regatta
  • Youth art show
  • Chrysler Museum mobile glass studio
  • Sandsculpting clinics

The Neptune Festival office will be in touch with all vendors, artists, and event participants regarding refunds and other pertinent information, according to the release.

More information regarding the festival may be found at

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.