2021 marks the 47th anniversary for the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival! Every year, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate at the festival's many offerings. Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 30 blocks of the boardwalk and feature 27 performances from local, regional, and national recording artists. On the boardwalk, you can find over 250 artisans displaying handmade work, at an Art & Craft Show that has been ranked #5 out of 200 Fine Art and Design Shows across the country. Keep walking to find 22 magnificent sand sculptures created by world-renowned international sculptors at Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship. Other weekend events include Neptune's 8k Race, Grand Parade, Volleyball Tournament, Atlantic Regatta, Youth Art Show, and more! See below for information on all Boardwalk Weekend events.
Friday, September 24
12:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, September 25
10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday, September 26
1o:00am - 6:00pm
Related upcoming events
- October 17, 2021 3:00 pm - October 17, 2021 3:00 pmCelebrate a return of Symphonicity’s full orchestra in the Sandler Center with a concert that will put the sound of music “in motion!” Ravel’s famous Bolero will bring the orchestra and dancers together one by one toward a spectacular finale. A beautiful dance-like concertino for flute by Cécile Chaminade will feature Symphonicity’s own Amber Kidd, followed by an emotional finish with Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings.
"In Motion" will be performed under the directon of Maestro Daniel W. Boothe, Symphonicity's Music Director & Conductor.
Guest Artists: Ballet Virginia, a professional local dance company, and Amber Kidd (Symphonicity's Principal Flute)
- October 19, 2021 7:30 pm - October 19, 2021 7:30 pmIn 1941, American placed its own citizens in internment camps. Hold These Truths tells the true story of American Gordon Hirabayashi, the son of Japanese immigrants who fought against an unjust court order to uphold the American values of freedom and justice for all. Ultimately a story of hope and patriotism, Hirabayashi’s strength and wisdom will leave you moved by the American spirit. Hold These Truths has played to sold out performances across the country.
- October 21, 2021 5:00 pm - October 21, 2021 5:00 pmThe 6th Annual NEON Festival returns to NFK Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021!Presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support and Old Dominion University, this free festival welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District through art exhibitions, local and national performances, mural tours and programming unique to Norfolk's first arts neighborhood.OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS & PERFORMERS LIVE! APPLY NOW!
https://forms.gle/5jFsucyXCKyagUU29The 2021 celebration includes:
* The Chrysler Museum of Art open late Thursday
* Live hot glass performances at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
* Opening Reception at d'Art Center Friday
* The Plot Beer Garden and entertainment Friday evening
* New murals and art projects unveiled
* NEON District Public Art Tours both nights with Norfolk Tour Company
* Pop up art galleries in local businesses
* Community programming from The Governor's School for the Arts, Teens With a Purpose, Push Comedy Theater, Hurrah Players and many more!Presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support and Old Dominion University in partnership with Downtown Norfolk, The Chrysler Museum of Art and Sway Creative Labs.
- October 21, 2021 7:30 pm - October 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Showcasing music by great tenor saxophonists, featuring Eddie Williams on saxophone, John Toomey on piano, Brian Caputo on drums, and Jimmy Masters on bass.
- October 22, 2021 8:00 pm - October 22, 2021 8:00 pm
When you wake up and want to put a smile on your face, you think of the songs that always manage to reach down and touch your soul the moment you hear the first note. The Marshall Tucker Band is one such group that continues to have a profound level of impact on successive generations of listeners who’ve been "Searchin’ for a Rainbow" and found it perfectly represented by this tried-and-true Southern institution over the decades. “I’ve been in tune with how music can make you feel, right from when I was first in the crib,” explains lead vocalist and bandleader Doug Gray, who’s been fronting the MTB since the very beginning. “I was born with that. And I realized it early on, back when I was a little kid and my mom and dad encouraged me to get up there and sing whatever song came on the jukebox. It got to the point where people were listening to me more than what was on the jukebox! There’s a certain gift I found I could share, whether I was in front of five people or 20,000 people. I was blessed with that ability and I’m thankful I can share with others."
The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space — and they’ve been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since. Plus, the band’s mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See” (the signature tune of MTB’s late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell), the testifying “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the explosive testimony of “Ramblin,’” to name but a few.
- October 23, 2021 7:30 pm - October 23, 2021 7:30 pmBe one of the first ever to hear Wynton Marsalis’ new concerto for tuba and orchestra commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for tubist Carol Jantsch in this special preview performance! Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony reflects on the bountiful and optimistic United States that welcomed the composer with open arms. Spirituals learned from the grandson of a freed slave and transcriptions of the Native American melodies enrich this mix of European refinement and American earnestness.
Steven Jarvi, conductor
Carol Jantsch, tuba
Wynton Marsalis: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
- October 30, 2021 11:00 am - October 30, 2021 11:00 am
October 30, 2021
Saturday at 11am & 2pmThe day before Halloween is the perfect time to let Atumpan take you on a journey into the deepest, darkest parts of the fairytale land forest for the fractured fairytales of “Little Red Riding in the Hood” and “Oink Yeah! The Three Little Pigs Remixed”. Move, groove, and have a Hip-Hoppin’ good time with live music as Atumpan Dance Theatre shows you how Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs stood up, stood out, and stood together to stop the big bad wolves in their magical worlds.
- November 4, 2021 - November 6, 2021 All day
HEADLINER: JOEY GAY
The VB Comedy Fest is back for its third year and it’s better than ever. This November 4th-6th, join us at The Z for three kinds of comedy: Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch. We’ll feature the best local comedy acts alongside some of our favorite national talent, and throw in workshops and networking events for good measure.