Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

A sand sculpture of an unidentified flying object that has crashed in the sand.
2019 Sand Sculpture Contest: Adult/Family Group 1st Place Winner: Entry #08: Sir Francis Drake UFO, by the Christiansen Family.

The Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2020, has been CANCELLED

Point Reyes National Seashore
invites you to the
Thirty-ninth Annual
Sand Sculpture Contest

at Drakes Beach
Saturday, August 28, 2021
from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Prizes awarded in each of several age and group catagories.
Free to participants and spectators.

Registration begins at 9 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center.
Judging begins at noon.
Prizes awarded at 3:30 pm.

Please note the change of date. For 2021, the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will be held on the Saturday 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 held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend. For 2020, the Sand Sculpture Contest was cancelled. For 2021, the Sand Sculpture contest will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021.)

We welcome all ages at this free community event located at Drakes Beach. 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.

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! (But for your own safety, and the safety of others, please leave glass bottles, containers, jars, etc., at home or in your vehicle. Glass containers are prohibited on park beaches.)

The PRNSA bookstore adjacent to the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020, and from 10 am to 4:30 pm, on Sunday, August 30, 2020. There will be hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, books, and gifts for sale.

Check out the sculptures from previous contests.

For more information, contact Carlo Arreglo by email or by phone at 415-464-5146.

Prizes donated by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

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2019 Sand Sculpture Award Results

Special Awards


PC = People's Choice Awards
MJ = Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence
RP = Best Use of Recycled Plastic

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
PC Hungry Hippo The Ott Family
MJ Joy Dan Baker
RP Magical Unicorn Beach House Stanek's Panic

Adult/Family Group Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Sir Francis Drake UFO The Christiansen Family
2nd The French Sculpture The Mystery Machine Team
3rd Hotdog The Miller Family

Adults' Individual Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Sands of Time Csilla Kato
2nd A Breath of Fresh Air Gina Lui
3rd Families Belong Together Karen Adamo

Children's Individual Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st By the Sea Eliana
2nd The Sandy Seashore Ainsley
3rd Sand Base Oliver

Children's Group Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Seahorse Aleena, Ezra, and Iris
2nd Sea Clown Team Lopez
3rd Larry the Octopus AMS

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Last updated: July 7, 2020

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