Special Event

2019 Thirty-eighth Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 38.027698, -122.961753

Drakes Beach

Dates & Times


Sunday, August 25, 2019


9:00 AM


6 hours and 30 minutes


Point Reyes National Seashore invites you to the Thirty-eighth Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach.

Sunday, August 25, 2019
(the Sunday before Labor Day Weekend)
9 am–3:30 pm

Please note the change of date. The Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, as opposed to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. (Prior to 2017, the contest was held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the contest was/will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend. For 2020, the Sand Sculpture contest will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020.)

Categories include: Children (fourteen years of age and under), Families, Adult Individuals, and Adult Groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each of those categories, along with prizes for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic included. Only materials found on Drakes Beach may be incorporated into the structure. Do not pick plants or pull rocks or gravel from the cliffs. Build above the high tide line and away from the cliffs for your safety.
Free to participants and spectators.

Registration begins at 9 am at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center.
Judging begins at noon.
Prizes awarded at 3:30 pm.
Prizes donated by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Please be aware that parking will be extremely limited during the contest and Drakes Beach will be heavily impacted with contest participants. If possible, please carpool with friends. To avoid crowds here, please consider visiting another beach in the park.

This event is family based, but please remember no dogs are allowed on this designated swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty).

Bring a picnic and spend the day!

The PRNSA bookstore adjacent to the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm, on Sunday, August 25, 2019. There will be hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, books, and gifts for sale.

More information

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Carlo Arreglo
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