US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition, August 29 – September 1


Date: August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014sandcastle 01

Time: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world’s finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they’ll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown’s sandcastles in the sky on the East. Just 2 blocks North lie the world’s tall ships in all their majesty, and out on the bay, the ships sail with full regalia and recreate cannon battles of yore.

It’s a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family.

Astonishing Sand Sculptures

  • Competition between 10 professional world masters carving sculptures like San Diegans have never seen
  • Head-to-head battle between the sandcastle teams who have won 9 of the last 10 U.S. Open crowns in the former Imperial Beach event – Archisand vs. I.B. Posse
  • CA masters team competition
  • Student competitions – art and architecture – middle, high school and college levels

3-dimensional Art for the Home

  • Leading California metal, stone and wood sculptors
  • Designer clothing and jewelry
  • 3D wall art
  • Art for kids, handmade educational toys and much more

Entertainment All Weekend Long

  • Musicians
  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Storytellers
  • Pirates
  • Magicians
  • The best of the buskers

Kids activities

  • Sand sculpture classes
  • Sandbox
  • Box-in-Box
  • Hat-making and more

Plus, a significant portion of the proceeds go toward arts education programs that help kids learn to learn.

  • Young Audiences of San Diego /Arts for Learning, serving tens of thousands of kids throughout the area
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego Education Programs

Price: $7-$12

Venue: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier


1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101