Even if you missed the Mermaid Parade (it was June 17, and a pretty soggy affair), there’s still plenty of reasons to head to seaside fun spot Coney Island. In addition to the Cyclone celebrating a landmark birthday (90!) with a free boffo block party, you’ll also find new rides, new eats, new art — and all the old sun and sand favorites, too. Click through to see what’s happening on, and along, the boardwalk!

See Some Next-Level Sand Castles

The 27th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest invites New Yorkers to testing their beach building skills each year, and the results are big, bold and often beautiful. The competition will take place on  Saturday, August 19, from West 10 to West 12th Street at Beach and Boardwalk. Think you have what it takes? On-site registration begins at noon.

Sat., Aug. 19, Noon - 5 p.m.
West 10th - West 12th St. at Beach and Boardwalk
Online: facebook.com

photo: via Coney Island Sand Sculpting Facebook page 

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—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman