Kick-Off Event!

Saturday, July 9th 2022

11 am to 5 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Beach

We will kick off the 27th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival with a fun day at the beach! Ten teams will be invited to participate during the Saturday, July 9th event where they will create their sandy masterpieces for all to see. Community members are invited to come view these incredible works of art from 11 am to 5 pm. The best time to view finished pieces will be from 2 to 5 pm. 

The Kick-Off event will trigger a month long physically-distanced Sand Sculpture Festival taking place until the end of July. During the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival, teams are invited to create their own sandy creations on local beaches, send photos of their sand sculptures to Friends of the Dunes, post creations on social media, vote for their favorites, and be entered to win exciting prizes. Plan to make a date with a sandy stretch of beach and get creative with your family and friends this July! More information on how to enter coming soon. 

To view entries and to vote for your favorite sand sculpture, visit our online gallery! 

2022 People's Choice, Best of Show, & Golden Shovel Award: Built by Team Maximum Wattage
Representing Pure Water Spas.

Sculpt Responsibly

We all love the beach, and it is up to us to keep it clean and healthy! Here are some ways you can help:

  • Enjoy wildlife at a distance. Avoid areas that have special wildlife concerns, such as endangered Western Snowy Plover habitat.  Humboldt County beaches to avoid include Stone Lagoon, Big Lagoon, and South Spit. For more information regarding Western Snowy Plovers, click here

Western Snowy Plover nests blend in with the sand, and are difficult to spot. Do your part to aid in their recovery by avoiding the areas in which they are known to nest. Click the image to learn more. 

Western Snowy Plover nest. Image courtesy of California State Parks.

  • Plan ahead and prepare. Know and follow the regulations and special concerns of the beach that you plan to visit.

  • Leave the beach cleaner than you found it. Bring a bag to pack out trash.

  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

  • Review the tides, and never turn your back on the ocean. 


View Past Sand Sculpture Winners

Sand Sculpture Festival 2020 photos and winners click here.

Click here for photos from our 2019

Click here for a full archive of our past sculptures.

Thank you 2021 Sponsors

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