AIA Houston presents 2021 Sandcastle Competition

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AIA Sandcastle contest, Galveston, 8/16
Courtesy AIA Houston

AIA Houston will present the 34th Annual Sandcastle Competition. Nearly 50 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Gold Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beachfront, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.

The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Gold Bucket, awards are given in several categories.

Returning Award Categories:

  • Best Traditional Castle
  • Best Architectural Icon
  • Greatest Feat of Structural Ingenuity
  • Public Favorite
  • Best Team T-shirt Design
  • Best Team Signage
  • Best Costume

New for 2021 Award Categories:

  • Kidtastic! Nursery Rhymes
  • Texas Pride
  • Pop Culture: Video Games
  • Go for the Gold
  • Animal Kingdom

Event Details



City of Galveston East Beach
1923 Boddeker Rd.
Galveston, TX 77550

Ticket Info

Admission is free.