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US Sand Sculpting Challenge
Hailed as Best U.S. Labor Day Event in 2018 by CNN Travel, a Top 20 “Must See” seaside festival in the world by American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego’s downtown waterfront for three days of fun, sun, and spectacular scenery, Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2.
In addition to witnessing one of the most important sand sculpture competitions in the world, patrons will enjoy live entertainment from bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, and other greats. There will also be special appearances by Elvis on Saturday and Sunday nights! Families can picnic on the bay with food and drink (including beer and wine) from over a dozen food trucks and vendors. You can shop for more than 2,000 original works of art on the pier next to the majestic sand sculpture creations.
Additionally, San Diego Seals lacrosse stars will make special appearances to take photos with fans and sign autographs. Enjoy the expanded Kid Zone features: sandcastle building lessons from Master Sculptors, and rides such as European Bungie, Bubble Fun, Bounce Houses and more. Families can picnic on the bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and vendors including: Cousins Maine Lobster, Eat Your Heart Out, The Habit Burger Grille, Matheny’s Wagon Works, Lolita’s Mexican Food, Sophia’s Kitchen, Pomodoro Rosso, Kettle Masters Kettle Korn, Cruising Cones, Goodness Baked Cookie Co., Old School Shave Ice, Maui Wowi and more.
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