Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
1140 North Harbor Drive
"B" Street Pier, San Diego, CA

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What are the days of the event this year?
A. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4-7, 2015.

Q. What are the event hours?
A. 9am–7pm daily plus extra hours Saturday until 9pm.

Q. When can we see sand sculptors creating their masterpieces?
A. All day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 9am – 2pm. While World Masters begin carving their sculptures days in advance of the event opening to the public, you’ll see them in action all day Friday and Saturday until 2pm when they finish their work. Cool California Carvers 3-person teams carve all day Saturday and Sunday until 2pm. A demonstration of how sculptures are created will take place on Monday.

Q. When can we see the sculptures complete?
A. World Masters’ finished works may be seen starting at 2pm on Saturday and all day on Sunday and Monday. Cool Carvers’ finished works may be seen from 2pm on Sunday and all day on Monday. (If you only want to see finished sculptures and you have only one day to visit the event, Monday is the best day to come.)

Q. Can we see the sculptures at night?
A. Yep, on Saturday, when we’re open until 9pm. Bonus: see a demonstration of the spectacular Fly Boarders, brought to you by San Diego Bay Adventures, just across the Bay on Harbor Island. They rent jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, and totally ridiculous flyboards. Go to


Q. Can we get ‘em on-line?
A. You betcha. Go here.

Q. Are there any discounts available for admission tickets?
A. There are several. You can save by buying tickets electronically. Handling charges are included in the discounted price. On Preview Day, Fri., Sept. 4, active duty military and first responders get in free, and admission for everyone else is only $6.00. On Sat., Sun. and Mon. , active military, seniors (over 55) and kids (under 12) save $2.00 off the regular adult admission. Everyone showing an MTS, Coaster or Amtrak pass or ticket saves $2.00 as well. The biggest savings? Our 4-day pass for less than the regular price of admission for 2 days.

Q. How young must children be in order to get in free?
A. Admission is free for kids under 2 in strollers.

Q. Are tickets for the sand sculpting event valid for admission to any other event on the Embarcadero?
A. No. Tickets for the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition are valid for the event on the ‘B’ Street cruise terminal pier only.


Q. Is the event handicap-accessible?
A. Yes. Drop off your handicapped very close to our event gate in the parking lane by the water just north of the cruise terminal, 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Enter this area at Ash Street and drive south to the end.

Do’s and Dont’s

Q. May we take pictures of the amazing sand sculptures, other art work, kids on rides or other activities?
A. Do. Bring your cameras, bring your cell phones, take lots of photos, but please be careful not to obstruct artists, exhibitors or other guests.

Q. May we bring our dog?
A. Don’t. We’re sorry. Due to the nature of the sand sculptures and other artworks, and the large crowds on the pier, this is not a pet-friendly event. (Service dogs, of course, are permitted for the handicapped.)

Q. May we bring bikes, scooters or skateboards into the event?
A. Don’t. No vehicles are permitted on the pier except those utilized by the staff and those needed by the handicapped.

Q. May we picnic on the pier?
A. Do. Choose food from up to 15 gourmet food trucks with selections from all over the country and the world. They have beverages too. And we have a beer garden. With the best view on the Bay!
A. Don’t. Please don’t bring your own food or drink. Don’t bring picnic tables or chairs. There isn‘t any room for them. Private tables and chairs are strictly prohibited. We have lots of seating.

Q. Should we bring toys for our kids to play with in your giant sandbox?
A. Don’t. No need. We have lots of pails and shovels and even lessons on how to build sandcastles.

Where are we? How do we get there?

Q. What’s the best way to get there?
A. MTS trolleys and buses and the Coaster and Amtrak all stop just 3 blocks from the event, at Santa Fe Depot/Americas Plaza. Deco Bikes has a small – 16 stall – stand just outside our exit gate. See more. Click here.

Q. If I drive, where can I park?
A. You may find parking on the City street grid or in parking lots throughout downtown. Closest parking is on the street on North Harbor Drive and in 3 lots – 2 on the corners of Pacific Coast Highway and Broadway and 1 on the pier next to the USS Midway – but get there very early or you won’t find a space. On Sunday and Monday you may park for free at meters and at curbs painted yellow and green. Never park at curbs painted blue (handicapped only) or those painted red or white. You may park further away by the Bayfront Hilton, convention center or Seaport Village to our South or the Sheraton Harbor Island on the North, and take a Port shuttle to the Broadway Pier, just one long block from our event. See more. Click here.

Q. Is the construction around the pier finished?
A. Yes, the new North Embarcadero bayfront is beautiful. The Port of San Diego invites you to come and enjoy! Construction of the new Lane Field hotel on the East side of Harbor Drive at Broadway is ongoing but is not expected to hinder traffic.

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Q. Can we buy one of the sand sculptures?
A. Silly. They weigh at least 10 tons each and would completely ruin your lawn. But you can buy fantastic hand-made metal, wood and glass sculpture, clothing and accessories, jewelry, wall decor and more, all from leading artists hand-picked by the producers.

Q. I’m an artist. How can I be part of the Dimensional Art Exposition?
A. We may be able to accommodate you if you apply before Aug. 19th and if your work is accepted by our jury.

Q. Do you have a beer and wine garden?
A. Do we ever. We already told you about this. It’s at the West end of the pier, almost in the middle of the bay. Enjoy the drinks, the camaraderie, the event and the amazing view.

Q. What else is there?
A. You mean besides the world’s best sand sculptors; amazing dimensional art in other media; 15 gourmet food trucks; beer and wine garden; live entertainment – bands, singers, dancers, buskers; kids’ sandbox and rides, and the neatest location between the bay and downtown’s castles in the sky? There’s more. Like the incredible FlyBoard demonstration Saturday night. Or games going on daily where you might win prizes. And there’s even more. You’ll see.