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Sand Sculpting Challenge returns to Broadway Pier Labor Day weekend

Posted at 7:36 AM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 10:36:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge is back to wow San Diegans with incredible art – all made from sand.

The event returns Labor Day Weekend between August 31 and September 2, 2019.

For this year’s event, the Port of San Diego is creating a beach high above the water, transporting 300 tons of sand to the Broadway Pier, where the event is set to take place.

World Master Sand Sculptures come from all over the world to participate, including the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Latvia and Russia to challenge the best in the U.S.

According to the Port, the sculptures weigh over 10 tons each.

The event will be open on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Monday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Even though you can’t take home any of the massive sand sculptures, the event features dimensional art for the home and garden you can take home.

If looking at incredible sand art is making you hungry, head over to one of the dozen food trucks and vendors that will be at the event.

The vendors will have 100 menu items from all over the country and the world.

Kids activities and entertainment

The event will also feature tons of fun for the whole family. Keep the kids entertained with a sandbox, sand sculpture classes, bubble fun and more.

There will also be big bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and others.


Child: (2-12) - $10
Adult: (13-61) - $15
Senior: (62 and older - $13
VIP Single: (Adult or Child) - $40

Click here for more information on the event.