A Giant Sandcastle Contest And Festival At Imperial Beach

We don’t know about you, but we’ve never seen anyone sad at a giant sandcastle contest!


Top it off with a weekend festival of parades, pancake breakfasts, live music, children’s activities, a Kids ‘n’ Kastles competition, and delicious food from the joining Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair, and you have the legendary Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival!

It doesn’t even stop there. As if that wasn’t enough, the weekend of July 14th and 15th will also host a 3k beach walk/run, a swim and paddle, sandcastle ball and more!


Here’s a look at the festival’s schedule:

Friday, July 14th

  • 8 am: 3k Beach Walk/Run starting at the Pier
  • 8 am – 10 am: Mayor’s 3rd Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle (Dempsey Holder Safety Center IB Lifeguard Tower)
  • 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 – Pier Plaza – $5
  • 8 am: Parade Check-in at Imperial Beach Sports Park
  • 8 am – 2 pm: Master Sand Sculptures Constructed north of the pier
  • 9 am -10 am: Parade travels west on Imperial Beach Blvd to Seacoast Dr. North to Old Palm Ave ending at Silver Strand Blvd
  • 10 am – 5 pm: Food Fair open along Seacoast Drive Dempsey Holder Center and Pier South
  • 10 am – 5 pm: Children’s Activities (Kids Zone in Dune’s Park)
  • 11 am: Parade Competition Awards at Pier Plaza Stage
  • Noon – 1:30 pm: Kids ‘n’ Kastles Sand-Building Competition adjacent to Dune’s Park
  • 2 pm – 4 pm: Judging of Sandcastles
  • 4 pm – 5 pm: Sandcastle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza


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