Note: Activities and times listed below are tentative, subject to change as event plans are finalized for the 2020 season!


Today’s sand sculpting competition will take place along the shoreline, adjacent to the Long Beach boardwalk and near the Bolstad beach approach. Family, Children, Novice, Intermediate and Master sculptors will be transforming beach sand into imaginative sculptures, with the Master and Intermediate sculptors beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by the Novice and Family teams at 1:00 PM.  Judging will take place in overall appearance, creativity, teamwork, effort, design, suitability to sand, and intricacy.  Judging takes place throughout construction so you’ll enjoy watching the competitors have fun and show their team spirit!

Be sure to come visit the completed sculptures by 5:00 PM on Saturday for the best viewing opportunities.  High tide arrives Saturday about 9:40 PM, and the sea will reclaim the beach as the evening tide comes in!

Viewing the sand sculptures is open to all visitors at no charge.  Views of the sculptures are available from the elevated boardwalk for those with accessibility issues.  In addition, there are several beach wheelchairs available for free use on a first-come basis.


If you or your team wish to register to compete in the sand sculpting contests for great prizes and bragging rights, please visit our Registration page for full details and a registration form.

Registrations, along with sponsorship from local businesses, allows this volunteer-driven festival to be rated the #1 sand sculpting festival by Coastal Living Magazine.

Check-In & Plot Assignments

The Sandsations trailer will be staffed on Friday afternoon from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and all day Saturday for last-minute registration for the Saturday competition, t-shirt sales, and complete information.

Competitors will check in at the Sandsations trailer between 8:00 – 10:30 AM Saturday morning.

Please allow those in the Masters and Intermediate classes first opportunity to check in as they have lots of forms and equipment to unload before they can begin.

Construction & Judging

11:00 AM: Master and Intermediate competition begins.

1:00 PM: Novice and Family competition begins.

5:00 PM: Competition for all classes ends and judging begins.

4:00 – 6:00 PM: Enjoy live music by local favorite North Coast Blues, Bolstad Beach Approach.

6:00 PM: Awards ceremony and prizes.

Masters Demonstration on the Bolstad Beach Approach

A variety of solo sculptures will be available for viewing from Friday through Sunday at the Bolstad Beach Approach.  Along with the sand sculptures along the Bolstad Beach Approach, preview sculptures are available for viewing at the North Beach Tavern and the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor Information Bureau.  These sculptures have nearby parking available and are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.  You can also watch them being created beginning Wednesday, July 8 and see the master sculptors at work.

In addition, the annual Christmas sand sculpture will be available all day for you to take a Christmas card photo.  Santa hats and reindeer antlers will be available to accessorize your family photo!


Information and official event gear will be available Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and all day Saturday at the Sandsations trailer located at the Bolstad Beach Approach.