Sandcastle Contest 2021

Poster for the 60th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Join the City of Carmel and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the AIA on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Building begins at 8:00 a.m. and judging starts at 12:00 p.m. between Tenth and Twelfth Avenues. To celebrate the 60th year of the contest our theme this year is 60,000 Leagues Under the Sea – interpret how you will! 

This event is free and open to the public. Registration (free) is the day of the contest on the beach – just find our info booth. 

Rules and Regulations

  • First and foremost:  HAVE FUN!
  • Always use stairways going to and from the beach.  Walking on slopes and beach bluffs is prohibited.
  • Build sand castles within the designated contest boundaries.
  • The contest is open to all ages.
  • Skill level is not important – judging takes place in many categories.
  • Following the theme is not required, but remember that you will be limiting yourself in the number of categories in which you may be judged.
  • Artistic expression is encouraged – just keep it family friendly.
  • No power tools may be used.
  • Sand castles and/or sculptures must be made of natural materials found at the beach. No paints or artificial colorings may be used.
  • Commercial or political advertising is not appropriate.
  • A project may be disqualified at the judges’ discretion.
  • Dogs are best left at home, but if you must bring them keep them on a short leash. One stray dog can ruin a day’s hard work in a few minutes.
  • Please respect the beach and your fellow beach goers by cleaning up after yourself. 
  • Bribery of Sand Castle Officials is condoned and encouraged. Bribes should be kept in good taste (or at least taste good).  Monetary bribes cannot be accepted.
  • The judges’ decisions are arbitrary and final :)

Questions? Email or call (831) 620-2020