2018 Sun & Sea Festival

The Original Sandcastle Competition

Imperial Beach
10 Evergreen Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
United States

Event Description:

The 2018 Sun & Sea Festival is back!  Professional and amateur sand carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions. The free, family-friendly, no alcohol event, includes a street festival, food fair and artisan booths, live music, and entertainment. This year’s Kids Zone will be filled with kid-friendly fun and entertainment. Public viewing of the sand castles takes place on Saturday only, throughout the day until 5:00 p.m. Best viewing time is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  More details at SandandSeaFestival.com.

Friday, July 13, 2018

  • 8 am 3K Beach Walk/Run starting at the Pier
  • 9:00 am Mayor’s 4th Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle (Dempsey Holder Safety Center IB Lifeguard Tower)
  • 10 am11 am Mayor’s Breakfast at Pier Plaza
  • Noon – Dusk Exhibition sand castle on display

Saturday, July 14, 2018 -- Pier Plaza, Dunes Park and Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach

  • 7 am – 9 am Pancake Breakfast – Pier Plaza
  • 9 am -10 am Parade travels from Ebony Street along Seacoast Blvd. ending at Dahlia
  • 8 am – 2 pm Master Sand Sculptures on the sand close to the IB Pier
  • 10 am – 5 pm Sun & Sea Festival held along Seacoast Drive from Portwood Pier Plaza to Dunes Park
  • 10 am – 5 pm Kid’s Zone with Children’s Activities at Dune’s Park
  • Noon – 1:30 pm  Kids ‘n Kastles sand castle building competition adjacent to Dune’s Park
  • 2 pm – 4 pm Sand Castle judging – This is the best time to view the sand sculptures
  • 4 pm – 5 pm Sand Castle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza