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2016 Sun & Sea Festival to be held July 16 on the sand at Imperial Beach

Jul 09, 2016 01:14AM ● Published by Paul Spear

2016 Sun & Sea Festival to be held July 16 on the sand at Imperial Beach

Professional and kids sandcastle building highlights, free, family-friendly, no alcohol event

On Saturday, July 16, professional and amateur sand carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions. The free, family-friendly, no alcohol event, includes a street festival, live musical entertainment. New this year is the expanded Kids Zone from Dunes Park to Old Palm Ave filled with kid-friendly fun and entertainment. Professional sand carvers will compete from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free public viewing of the sand castles throughout the day until 4:00 p.m. 

Several activities take place on Friday, July 15 leading up to the Sandcastle Competition. Starting at 8 a.m. is the Mayor’s 2nd Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle and a 3k Beach Walk/Run starting at the Pier, followed by free Zumba demonstrations and the Mayor’s Breakfast at 10 am - 11 am. There will be one exhibition sand castle on display all day Friday. The Sandcastle Ball will take place at the IB Boys & Girls Club 6 pm – midnight.

Saturday, July 16- Pier Plaza and Dunes Park areas along Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach

7 am – 9 am Pancake Breakfast – Pier Plaza

9 am -10 am Parade along Seacoast Drive

9 am – 2 pm Masters and Amateurs Competition

10 am – 10:30 am Judges available for media interviews at foot of Pier

10 am – 5 pm Street Festival open along Seacoast Drive 
10 am – 5 pm Kids Zone in Dune’s Park and along Seacoast north to Palm
Noon – 1:30 pm  Kids ‘n Kastles Competition adjacent to Dune’s Park
2 pm – 4 pm  Sandcastle Judging
4 pm    Sandcastle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza

Ø  No skateboards, bikes, smoking and alcohol will be allowed in the festival area or on the beach. Do not leave unattended pets in a locked car due to summer heat.


Ø  ADA Parking: Parking located at Imperial Beach Blvd. and Seacoast, just south of the festival area.


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