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24th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival

  • New Navy Base Road CA United States (map)

Grab your shovels and your buckets, the 24th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival is almost here!

This fundraiser for Friends of the Dunes will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the northern end of the Samoa Drag Strip. Come play in the sand for a good cause!

Teams may sign up to build a sculpture and compete for cash prizes. The registration fee is $20 for teams of 6 or less and $25 for teams of more than 6. Register on-site between 10 a.m. and noon, or register early at for a discounted early-bird registration fee.

Award categories include: Best of Show, People’s Choice, Staff Pick, Most Dedicated Diggers, Best Youth Sculptor, and the coveted Golden Shovel which will be awarded for the best sculpture by one of our Business Partners!

The best time to view sculptures is from 2 to 4 p.m. and awards will be announced shortly after 3 p.m. This event is free for spectators, but a $1 to $5 sliding scale donation is encouraged to support Friends of the Dunes and our free education programs. Every dollar donated gets you a people’s choice flag to vote for your favorite sculpture. Bring your wallet and appetite, food vendors will be on site! Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.

For more information or to register your team, please visit or shoot us a message!

Earlier Event: June 28
Friday Night Market
Later Event: July 2
Farmers' Market