Special Event
Join us Saturday, October 2 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 communityactivities@ci.carmel.ca.us or call (831) 620-2020