Pier 360 Sandcastle Competition on Santa Monica Beach

Pier 360 Beach Festival Sandcastle Competition

Sunday, June 25 | 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

It’s time for the Pier’s annual Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival! This year, locals and visitors are encouraged to build creative sandcastles in the first-ever Sandcastle Competition, sponsored by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism. Find more information and register below.


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Rules & Regulations

 Materials Allowed

  • Sand within 15′ x 15′ designated building area
  • Decorative materials (must ben found on the beach, i.e. shells, seaweed, etc.)
  • Design must stand on its own, with no supports under or on top of the sand
  • No extending outside the plot area
  • No adhesives allowed
  • Buckets may be filled and plots watered down prior to the start time


  • A team can consist of up to eight (8) workers in the sand plot area
  • Teams may alternate workers, but no more than eight workers at a time are allowed in the plot area
  • Teams may have unlimited water carriers

Tools Allowed

  • Hand tools (masonry, garden or household implements, shovels, tampers)
  • Ladders, wheelbarrow (1), pails, buckets, watering cans or hand pump sprayers
  • Forms and molds (must be removed prior to judging)
  • Please keep your tools/supplies in your designated plot area. Spectators may cut their feet on them.

Judging & Guidelines

  • Judges — will judge the entire sculpture 360 degrees, so build your sculptures on all sides
  • Clarity of Design — your creation can be simple or complex. A good design is one that people can understand. Try to tell a story or make them think
  • Degree of Difficulty — height is hard to do. Cut throughs, bridges and anything without support underneath; show difficulty
  • Please keep your theme within the guidelines of this being an all ages event, and have fun!

Award Categories

  • 1st Place – Overall Best Creation
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place

What is Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival?

Ocean sports competitions, live music, food and drinks, interactive games and more. See what Santa Monica Pier’s biggest annual event is about, and how you can experience quintessential SoCal vibes at this free event.

Questions regarding guidelines or registration can be directed to Santa Monica Pier at info@santamonicapier.org.

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