2016 Sun and Sea Preview for Friday July 15th & Saturday July 16th
Jun 04, 2016 03:11AM
● By Paul Spear
Sun & Sea Festival - July 15-16
http://sunandseafestival.com/) got its name from Imperial Beach's original public festival beginning in 1960 to celebrate the city's incorporation. Imperial Beach also was the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition for 32 years, from 1980 to 2011. When that annual event ended, the Port of San Diego decided to initiate a more family-oriented event for the Imperial Beach community.
The 2016 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children's craft activities, a Kids 'n Kastles competition, Farmer's Market and International Food Fair.
A pancake breakfast at Portwood Pier Plaza will kick off Saturday's activities from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will get to enjoy freshly made pancakes served up by the Imperial Beach community members and elected officials.
A parade featuring local youth groups and civic organizations marching to show their Imperial Beach pride will proceed down Seacoast Drive at 9 a.m. Best viewing spot is at Portwood Pier Plaza and Evergreen Ave.
The 2016 Sun & Sea Festival will feature the popular Kids Zone. Located in Dunes Park just north of The Pier South Resort on Seacoast Avenue, the Kids Zone will feature festival attraction along with food, activities and games for the kids.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of foods at the Certified Farmer's Market and International Food Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive. In addition, many of the restaurants in Imperial Beach will be offering special menus and discounts for the day. The event will also feature a stage with musical entertainment and children's activities and crafts throughout the day.
Local children will get to show their sand-sculpting skills during the Kids n' Kastles competition, where kids from ages 5 to 12 will team together to build sandcastles. At 5 p.m., the day's activities will conclude with an awards ceremony at Pier Plaza.
Mark your calendars for July 15 - 16 to be close to home and the 2016 Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach.