AIA Sandcastle

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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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Team Registration Information

The 33rd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday, August 24, at East Beach in Galveston, TX.  Team registration opened on Monday, March 4  at 9am. The first 10 teams to register will receive priority selection in the site lottery at the Kick-Off Party. 

    Each Team is permitted to enter only ONE of the Theme Based Categories listed below.
    Architectural Icon
    Traditional Castle
    Kidtastic!: Fables & Folklore
    Pop Culture: Decades (50's, 60's, 70's, etc.)
    Marine Life

    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
    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.)

Registrations Forms and Information

Team Registration Form - Due Monday, July 29 by 5pm.

Theme & Category Form - Due Monday, July 29 by 5pm.

Team T-shirt and Wristband Order Form - Due Monday, July 29 by 5pm.

Competition Rules

Tent Vendors

Free Team Sign

Hotel Information

AIA Sandcastle has a block of rooms at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Make your reservations online by clicking here (online code: SAND) or call 409-744-5000 and ask for the AIA Sandcastle rate (phone code: Sandcastle Competition 2019). Monday, August 5, is the deadline to reserve rooms.  PLEASE NOTE: NEW THIS YEAR - The Hilton Galveston Island Resort charges $8/per day for parking at the hotel.