Make Your Sandcastle Stand Out for the 35th Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition
Tips for Galveston’s AIA Sandcastle Competition
We’ve all bought the plastic forms and shovels for our kids
to make our version of a sandcastle. But, have you ever seen a sandcastle or
sand sculpture made by professionals? And, better yet, a competition between
teams of architects? Well, you’re in luck if you’re considering August for your
beach vacation. The third weekend in August in Galveston is the Annual American
Institute of Architects (AIA) Sand Competition at East Beach. Here are Tips for
Galveston’s AIA Sandcastle Competition.
This year’s 35th annual AIA Sandcastle Competition is
Saturday, August 20, 2022, at East Beach.
Keep these tips in mind for this incredible event.
early and plan to stay late to see the completed sandcastles. Yes, you’ll
are two entrances into East Beach, Apffel Park Road and Boddeker Drive.
Parking is $15/vehicle, and there is a one-time entry per vehicle.
a cooler with bottled water and snacks. You’ll also find the beach
pavilion offers restrooms, food trucks, and concessions. While alcohol is
allowed at this beach park, no glass bottles are permitted on Galveston’s
beaches. East Beach also offers chair and umbrella rentals.
build their sandcastles between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. They create their own
tools and molds for this fierce competition.
invites the public to vote between 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on their favorite.
judging is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and awards are announced at 4:30 p.m.
can back up, especially at the end of the day, so you may consider riding
a bike to East Beach. Note: There are several bike rentals available on
- If you
bring children and dogs, keep them hydrated, and remember, you should
expect big crowds. And, keep in mind the AIA Sandcastle Competition is a
popular event for locals and visitors.
your smartphone, be ready with hashtags, and post away.
Tip: Skip the crowds on Saturday and come on Sunday to see the completed
Another thing to love about the AIA Sandcastle Competition
is aside from parking; the event is free. So enjoy your Galveston beach getaway
with this incredible event included in your trip itinerary.
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that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help
planning your visit, Gulf
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Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in
Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote
more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do.
Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers
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