SAND-iego Gets An EXTRA Sandy Labor Day Weekend

Hailed as Best U.S. Labor Day Event in 2018 by CNN Travel, a Top 20 “Must See” seaside festival in the world by American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition returns to San Diego’s downtown waterfront for three days of sun, family-fun and spectacular scenery!

Port Of San Diego's U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge Announces New Features For Labor Day Weekend Celebration

The Largest Labor Day Weekend Celebration

San Diego’s largest Labor Day weekend celebration is one of the world’s most prominent sand sculpting competitions. It is the focal point of activities that draw over 200,000 visitors to the beautiful Embarcadero and Broadway cruise ship pier.

12 World Master Sculptors carve solo for four days to create museum-quality sculptures reaching up to 15 ft. tall and weighing over 20,000 lbs. Some of the best sand artists in the world challenge some of the best in the U.S. In addition, three teams of four recreate the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition that ran from 1980-2011. In all, there are 20 amazing sculptures.

Port Of San Diego's U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge Announces New Features For Labor Day Weekend Celebration


The theme for this year’s event is “Wonder” which pays tribute to the Port’s Wonderfront 2019 campaign. Sculptors will interpret this theme as they wish, from ephemeral ideas like “curiosity” to the greatest wonders of the world, or even whimsical renditions of Stevie Wonder or Wonder Woman!

The annual Dimensional Art Exposition runs alongside the Sand Sculpting Challenge. Artists from as far away as New Mexico and Montana exhibit and sell their amazing one-of-a-kind creations. Visitors can browse more than 2,000 items such as hand-made clothing and accessories, wood carvings and metal designs, beautiful gourds, glass art, jewelry, quilled greeting cards, ceramics and much more — dimensional art they can take home.

Port Of San Diego's U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge Announces New Features For Labor Day Weekend Celebration

More 2019 Show Features:

San Diego Seals lacrosse stars make special appearances to take photos with fans and sign autographs.

EXPANDED Kid Zone features sandcastle building lessons from Master Sculptors, and rides such as European Bungie, Bubble Fun, Bounce Houses and more!

Port Of San Diego's U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge Announces New Features For Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Families can picnic on the bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and vendors including: Cousins Maine Lobster, Eat Your Heart Out, The Habit Burger Grille, Matheny’s Wagon Works, Lolita’s Mexican Food, Sophia’s Kitchen, Pomodoro Rosso, Kettle Masters Kettle Korn, Cruising Cones, Goodness Baked Cookie Co., Old School Shave Ice, Maui Wowi and more!

Live entertainment from bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and other greats. Special appearances by Elvis on Saturday and Sunday nights!

Port Of San Diego's U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge Announces New Features For Labor Day Weekend Celebration

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