Sandcastle and Sculpture Contest Slated for Next Week

ARPD--The Peralta family celebrate their first place winning “Octopus” sand sculpture in the family category at the last Alameda Sandcastle & Sculpture Contest in 2019.

Sandcastle and Sculpture Contest Slated for Next Week

The 54th Alameda Sandcastle & Sculpture Contest kicks off Saturday, June 11, at Crown Memorial state beach.

Hundreds of sand architects and sculptors have a chance to showcase their creative juices and make architectural masterpieces using just sand.

Come with your family and friends to this free event to either participate in the competition or just stroll down the beach and watch all the budding sand artists hard at work. Participants must bring your shovel, buckets and great ideas to the beach to create a unique piece of art in the sand.

Registration will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. a.m. The contest will end at noon. Structures must be completed by the noon deadline or upon arrival of the first judge. Judging will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

One of the judges this year is Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog. “After almost 18 years on City Council, this will be the first time serving as one of the judges,” said Daysog. “I look forward to doing this, for the same reason I enjoyed this event as a little kid.”

The sandcastle and sculpture contests will be divided into three categories: ages 12 and under, ages 13 and over, and the family competition. The event has been postponed the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. Crown Beach is located at the intersection of Otis and Westline drives. For more information, visit