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Port-Sponsored Events

10:00 am – 7:00 pm

3D Art Expo LLC U. S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

Location Information

Looking for a fun event over Labor Day weekend in San Diego?
Well, look no more! It’s a 3-day extravaganza for the whole family!

We’re changing the name of America’s 8th largest city between Aug. 31st and Sept. 2nd, 2019.  We’re calling it SAND iego™.  Not only that, we’re building a beach high above the water, bringing 300 tons of sand to the Broadway Pier, with our Big Bay on the West and downtown’s castles in the sky on the East.  It’s been called the most creative atmosphere in the world. There’s nothing else like it anywhere.

World Master Sand Sculptors come from the Netherlands, Italy and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia and Russia to challenge the best in the U.S.  Their dimensional art is astounding.  You’ll fall in love with it.  But you can’t take it with you.  The sculptures weigh over 10 tons each and they’d ruin your lawn.  So we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home.

Oh, and there’s live entertainment (tribute bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero, like Seaport Village and the Headquarters, the U.S.S. Midway Museum, Maritime Museum and more ….

What more can you ask for?  What else is there?

Astonishing sand sculptures
World Masters Class: 12 master sculptors carving solo for 4 days, starting on Wed., 8/28, before event opens to the public, and ending at 2pm on Sat., 8/31… the World against the U.S…. the finest sculptures ever seen in San Diego.
I.B. Challenge Class: the 3 championship teams that perennially won the old U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in Imperial Beach from 2000-2011 compete once again … now 4 professionals on each team carving for 2 days (all day Sat. and Sun. until 2pm)
Dimensional art for the home and garden and for you to wear
Metal, stone and wood
Hand-made clothing, accessories and jewelry
Glass, acrylics, ceramics
Wall art
Much more
Entertainment all weekend long
Big bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and other greats — even a special appearance by Elvis

Gourmet food
A dozen food trucks and vendors with more than 100 menu items from all over the country and the world

Kids activities
Sandbox, sand sculpture classes, Bubble Fun, European Bungie and more
Support kids educational charities
A full 50% of net proceeds go to selected educational non-profits who provide volunteers to help with the event. Past recipients have included the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, e3 Civic High, Arts for Learning San Diego, University of Saint Katherine, San Diego Padres Foundation, Princess Project, and Maritime Museum kids’ educational programs. Qualified charities may apply to be included for 2019. This year’s designees will be July.

Additional Information

Port Pavilion


1000 N Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
United States