AIA Sandcastle Competition

Saturday, September 21

recurring event
AIA Sandcastle Competition
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Day 1 (September 21, 2024) - Competition Day
Competitors are hitting the sand and building for five intense hours as they fight to maintain the structural integrity of their sculptures. The competition is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions and draws thousands of spectators to watch teams vie for the coveted Golden Bucket Award.

Day 2 (September 22, 2024) - Bonus Viewing Day
By popular demand, the Galveston Park Board is working to help teams maintain the event's sandcastles overnight for beachgoers to take in these architectural marvels (with potentially smaller crowds). There are also free sandcastle-building lessons in conjunction with this viewing.

Full Details:
On Saturday, Sept 21, more than 60 teams will converge on East Beach to build gigantic sandcastles during the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition. This year, spectators will be able to view the structures on Sunday and take advantage of free sandcastle-building lessons, too!

Members of the Houston Chapter of the AIA will hit the sand and build for five intense hours as they fight to maintain the structural integrity of their sculptures. The competition is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions and draws thousands of spectators to watch teams vie for the coveted Golden Bucket Award. The Galveston Park Board is working to help teams maintain their sandcastles overnight in order to remain on display to beachgoers throughout the day on Sunday. The organization is also offering free sandcastle building lessons in conjunction with the sandcastle viewing.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Saturday, September 21
  • Sunday, September 22