Event Category: Beach Events
Sun and Sea Festival – Imperial Beach
This year’s the port of San Diego Sun and Sea Festival event further expands on the family-oriented theme to include a community parade. The event will also feature a stage with live musical entertainment and children’s activities and crafts throughout the day. Amateurs, including kids (Kids ‘n Kastles competition), also get to show off their sand-sculpting skills. And, there will be plenty good gourmet food at the international food fair – Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of foods at the Certified Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive. In addition, many of the restaurants in Imperial Beach will be offering special menus and discounts for the day.
The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition “..featuring world-class, award-winning sandcastle builders fashioning some of the best sand creations on the West Coast in a fast-paced, five-hour build” Followed by the Sandcastle Ball and awards ceremony with $17,000 in cash prizes.
Professional sand carvers (yes, such people exist) converge every year on Imperial Beach, just south of San Diego, for the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. The festival pretty much takes over the little town. Live music and more than 140 vendors add to the carnival atmosphere. All day and night on Friday, July 14th and all day on Saturday, July 15th.
The Sun & Sea Festival derives its name from the city’s original community festival, which started in the 1960s to celebrate the date of the city’s incorporation on July 18. The annual celebration featured a sand sculpting competition.
Imperial Beach also held the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition for about 30 years, beginning in 1980.
Sun & Sea Festival Event Schedule
Friday, July 14th
10 am: Mayor’s Breakfast at Pier Plaza
Noon – Dusk: Exhibition Sandcastle on Display
6 pm – midnight: Sandcastle Ball
Saturday, July 15th
7 am -9 am: Pancake Breakfast
9 am -10 am: Parade
9 am – 2 pm: Building Competition / Master Sand Sculptures Created
10 am – 5 pm: Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair
2 pm – 4 pm: Judging of Sandcastles
4 pm – 5 pm: Sandcastle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza