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Sand Castle Design Contest - CANCELLED

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60th Annual Sand Castle Design Contest - CANCELLED

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Sand Castle Design Contest and International Surf Festival have been cancelled.

Sand Castle Contest Slideshow

Day Date Schedule Location Cost
    7:00 AM to 7:20 AM Registration
7:20 AM to 7:30 AM Rules and Instructions
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM Building
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pictures and Judging
10:00 AM Awards Ceremony
Manhattan Beach Pier - South Side
100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Age Divisions (Individuals)

  • Youth (Ages 12 and under)
  • Teens and Adults (Ages 13+)
Group Division
  • Open Division (2 to 10 team members of any age)
  • Junior Division (2 to 10 team members ages 5 to 12)
Entry and Prize Categories
  • Prizes will be awarded to all divisions for places 1st through 5th
  • Projects can range from dribbles to castles to sculptures
  • Things to consider: Best Dribble, Best Castle, Best Sculpture
Contest Rules
  • All contestants MUST register at the event (including individual team members of a group division) and work only within the division for which they are registered.
  • Contestants may only participate in one division.
  • Contestants can use tools such as buckets, cans or shovels to construct their sculpture and environmentally safe objects such as beads, shells, feathers, play cars or pebbles to decorate the castles.
  • No bottles or glass are allowed. No water may be hosed from outlets at the Pier. You may not use supports for your sculpture, it must be self standing.
  • Registration 7:00 AM to 7:20 AM; Rules and instructions 7:20 AM to 7:30 AM; Build time 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM; Pictures and Judging: 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM; Awards Ceremony: 10:00 AM
  • Sand castles built prior to the start of the competition will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Time extensions will not be given to late registrants.
  • Contestants will be given a flag to be placed next to their sculpture in the allowed space.


Thanks to everyone who came out and played in the sand with us during our 59th Annual Sand Castle Design Contest in  2019! A special shout out to for sponsoring the winner prizes once again!