When you think of sand castles, you might reminisce about your younger years spent by the beach building little ones with buckets and digging holes. The competitive world of sand castles and sand sculpting however is a far cry from those attempts you made as a toddler. Today, there are over 20 amazing sand castle competitions around the world and numerous amateur events and festivals.
At each competition, world renowned sand sculptors compete to build amazing structures based on themes such as dinosaurs, fairy tales or more current topics like climate change. You’ll be blown away by the sheer size and complexity of each design, especially considering they’re only made out of sand and water. Some of these competitions have been running for decades while others are just a few years old. Whether you want to visit one in Australia, Europe or the United States of America, we have you covered with this list of the 10 Coolest Sand Castle Competitions In The World.
10. The Sun & Sea Festival Imperial Beach
-Imperial Beach, California, USA
The Sun & Sea Festival held in Imperial Beach, California, has a long and impressive history reaching as far back as 1960. Over 50 years ago a public festival of the same name was held to celebrate the date of the city’s incorporation. This annual event featured a sand sculpting competition. From 1980 to 2011, Imperial Beach hosted the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition, which was a similar success. When that annual contest ended, a new family friendly event was created which is now known as The Sun & Sea Festival.
At this event, world-class sand castle builders will compete for 5 full hours to create amazing and intricate sand creations and battle for the championship. In previous years, giant sculptures spanning meters across were built, so you can expect to be blown away by the creations built. A Kids ‘n Kastles Sand-Building Competition will also be held as well as a Farmer’s Market and an International Food Fair, showcasing the wide variety of events Imperial Beach has to offer. The event will feature a community parade, live music, children’s activities and a pancake breakfast. It’s the perfect place to visit with family and friends and enjoy a world renowned and traditional sand castle competition.