Labor Day marks the end of summer, and there’s no better place to be than on the beach, playing in the sand!
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exhibition will be held in San Diego on September 4-7. Organizers of this 4-day extravaganza are building a beach high above the water, bringing 300 tons of sand to the ‘B’ Street cruise ship terminal pier, with the Big Bay on the West and downtown’s castles in the sky on the East. The Sand Sculpting Challenge has been called the most creative atmosphere in the world. There’s nothing else like it anywhere.
World Master Sand Sculptors come from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada, as well as from exotic places like Latvia and Singapore, to challenge the best in the United States. Their 3-dimensional art is astounding. The sculptures weigh over 10 tons each, so you can’t bring them home with you. Luckily, there will be over a thousand works of art that you can fall in love with, buy, and take home. Items for sale will include crafts made from metal, stone and wood; hand-made clothing, jewelry, and accessories; glass, acrylics, and ceramics; and wall art.
There will also be live entertainment all weekend long, featuring big bands, singers, dancers, circus performers and more. Keep your strength up by indulging from one of the gourmet food trucks – over a dozen trucks will feature menu items from all over the country and the world.
There’s plenty for kids to do as well. Activities include a sandbox (of course!), sand sculpture classes, bubble fun, European bungie, and more. A significant portion of the proceeds will go towards arts education programs that help kids learn to learn. Organizations include San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning, It’s All About the Kids Foundation, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego Education Program.
There will also be a great view of the bay, the tall ships, and the Festival of Sail cannon battles.
Ticket prices to this event begin at $6.
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition is on the ‘B’ Street cruise ship terminal pier on the Big Bay in downtown San Diego. The address of the cruise ship terminal is 1140 North Harbor Drive in San Diego.
Harbor Drive is home, not only to this international sand sculpture and art expo extravaganza, but also to the Maritime Museum’s Festival of Sail to the North, and to events at the Broadway Pavilion, U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier museum, and world-famous Seaport Village and brand new Headquarters complex to the South. (The latter is a wonderful recreation of San Diego’s old police headquarters, with great shops, restaurants and, of course, a jail for you to enjoy, if only briefly.) Little Italy is three blocks East and four or five blocks North of our event. The Gaslamp Quarter is a dozen short blocks East and two blocks South. Walk a little. It’s good for you. Then replace the calories with all the great food in all these great places.