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6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

Labor Day Week, September 1 – 4

We’re Giving Away Tickets!

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition returns to San Diego’s downtown waterfront from September 1 to 4. This will be the sixth year that one of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions is held on a built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the Broadway Pier of San Diego’s big bay. This year the festival will expand from the pier to the embarcadero.

Eleven World Master Class sand artists come from all over the world to spend four days creating sculptures for this competition. New competitors this year include Abram Waterman from Prince Edward Isle and Jihoon Choi from Jeonju City in South Korea. The Cool California Carvers Class competition, comprised of seven teams of three professionals carving for two days each, is also back again by popular demand. At stake is $60,000 in appearance, prize money, expenses, and national pride.

This family-friendly extravaganza offers an array of activities for guests of all ages. The Dimensional Art Exposition features over 1,000 one-of-a-kind original works of art in a variety of mediums on display and for sale. An expanded Kid Zone features rides and sandcastle-building lessons taught by professional artists. Attendees can browse selections from more than a dozen gourmet food trucks and sip on spirits in a beer and wine garden, while enjoying live entertainment from ‘50s and ‘60s tribute bands throughout the weekend. The event also offers a VIP option that includes special seating and accommodations, an exquisite bay view, free beverages and more. A portion of proceeds from the event goes to local children’s educational charities.

The event is easily accessible by MTS trolley or bus to America Plaza/Santa Fe Depot. All adults save $2 on admission at the gate by showing a transit card or trip receipt. Active duty military, EMTs, fire and police are admitted to the event free with valid ID on September 1.

Broadway Pier is located at 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. For tickets and more information visit

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Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition! Just visit and fill out the simple entry form. Only one entry per person/email is permitted. Ticket winners will be randomly selected and notified by phone and email. Best of luck, and see you there!

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