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40th Annual Sandcastle Classic!
By Leap Arts in Education

GIANT Spectacular Sand Sculptures Created by Students and Local Designers

A FREE, Fun, Family Event Open to the Public!

Live Music & Performances

Food Trucks & Raffle Prizes

A Community Castle That Anyone Can Build, Play or Jump in!

Supports Arts Education for Bay Area Youth

On Saturday, October 22, Leap Arts in Education will take over Ocean Beach to host the largest sandcastle contest in Northern California; featuring team competition, food trucks, and live music all day! The public is invited to join in the fun and experience the construction of dozens of jaw-dropping, supersized sand sculptures.


The 40th Annual Leap Sandcastle Classic, a San Francisco tradition, raises funds for high quality arts and architecture education for more than 8,500 Bay Area public school students who would otherwise go without. Thousands flock to Ocean Beach to build giant sand sculptures with architecture, design, technology, engineering and construction companies in partnership with students from local schools.


This year’s theme “Sandcastle Remix!” pays tribute to the 40-year history of the classic San Francisco event, with a nod to sandcastle themes from the past. Each team picks a sandcastle theme highlighted from the past 40 years to "remix" in a fresh, new way! Teams can lean into their chosen year’s theme and include throwback elements in their sandcastle design, fundraising, and promotion for this year’s event.


The chosen theme challenges teams to build sandcastles real, imagined, historical, fantastical, futuristic—or just plain fun! The Classic will feature celebrity judges, live entertainment, and Community Castles so everyone can join in the fun, cheer on teams, and get their hands dirty! The public is invited to bring a blanket, grab a bite from the food trucks on site, participate in the competition, and spend a FREE day in the sun, all to support essential arts education.


Where: The event will be held at Ocean Beach and Balboa Street in San Francisco, with plentiful, free public parking, rain or shine.


When: Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 11AM - 3:30PM


For more information visit:

October 22
11:00am - 3:30pm
Ocean Beach
Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA, USA
San Francisco, California United States