AIA Sandcastle Competition

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Event is free and open to the public
East Beach parking is $15 (CASH ONLY; NO ATM)

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East Beach
1923 Boddeker
Galveston, TX 77550


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The AIA Sandcastle Competition is a fundraising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. Competing teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Gold Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.

The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Gold Bucket, Silver Shovel and Bronze Shovel, awards are given in several themed and revolving categories. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand and sun. For general information about the 2021 event, click HERE.


See the list of 2021 winners HERE!


If you are interested in participating in Sandcastle as a team or sponsor please contact Debby Joiner (teams) or Aleks Savitski (sponsors/vendors).