AIA Sandcastle

Saturday August 25, 2018

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

East Beach
1923 Boddeker
Galveston, TX 77550

Event Underwriter


Gold Bucket




Educational Boards Sponsor

Media Sponsor

First Aid Tent Sponsor

Friends of Sandcastle

Team Registration Information

The 32nd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday, August 25, at East Beach in Galveston, TX.  Team registration opens on Monday February 5th at 9am. The first 10 teams to register will receive priority selection in the site lottery at the Kick-Off Party. 

2018 Site Map as of 08/17/18

Competition Rules - New categories in 2018. Please read. Thanks!

2018 Team Registration  

Theme and Category FormNEW CATEGORIES!!!
    Each Team is permitted to enter only ONE of the Theme Based Categories listed below.
    Traditional Castle
    Kidtastic!: Kid's Books
    Pop Culture
    World History

    Returning Overall Categories 
Each team is automatically entered in each of the Overall Categories listed below
    Gold Bucket (1st Place)
    Silver Shovel (2nd Place)
    Bronze Shovel (3rd Place)
    AIA College Challenge (awarded only to university student teams)
    Public Favorite
    Tallest Standing Structure
    Greatest Feat of Structural Ingenuity - NEW AWARD in 2018!
    Team Signage
    Team T-Shirt
    Most Sustainable Team (All teams will receive a sustainable rating from a team of judges rating everything from water delivery systems to recycling efforts and formwork. The team with the highest score will receive an award. Stay tuned for more details.)

Tent Vendors

2018 T-shirt Order Form

AIA Sandcastle has a block of rooms at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Make your reservations online by clicking here (online code: AIA) or call 409-744-5000 and ask for the AIA Sandcastle rate (phone code: Sandcastle Competition 2018).

Free Team Sign Information
Each team will receive a free team sign to display at the beach. Thomas Printworks generously provides this service for all teams as our event underwriter. Deadline for sign file submission is August 9, 2018