Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the days of the event this year?
A. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31-Sep. 3, 2018
Q. What are the event hours?
A. Fri. 5-9pm; Sat. and Sun. 10am-9pm; Mon. 10am-7pm
Q. Where are the sculptures?
A. On the Broadway Pier, inside the beautiful Pavilion Building. Address is 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
Q. When can we see sand sculptors creating their masterpieces?
A. While World Masters begin carving their sculptures days in advance of the event opening to the public, you’ll see some of them in action early Friday evening and Saturday until they finish carving at 2pm. ‘I.B. Challenge’ 4-person teams carve all day Saturday and Sunday until 2pm.
Q. When can we see the sculptures complete?
A. World Masters’ finished works may be seen after 2pm on Saturday, all day on Sunday and Monday. They’ll be lit up at night on Sat. and Sun. ‘I.B. Challenge’ 4-person teams 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 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 – save most by buying early, though there is a nominal on-line handling fee. Active duty military get in free every day, but those who accompany them must purchase tickets. Toddlers in strollers are always free. Everyone showing an MTS, Coaster or Amtrak pass or ticket saves $2.00 off regular adult ticket price.
Regular at-the-gate prices: On Preview Day, Fri., Aug. 31, admission for adults is $11, Seniors (62 and older) is $9 and kids (2-12) is $8. On Sat., Sun. and Mon., general admission price for adults is $15; seniors is $12 and kids (under 12) is $10.
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 events on the Broadway Pier and Landing only.
Q. Is the event handicap-accessible?
A. Yes. Drop off your handicapped very close to our event gate in the parking lane in front of the Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
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 #1. Do. Choose food from up to 12 gourmet food providers with selections from all over the country and the world. They have beverages too. And we have wine and beer. With the best view on the Bay!
A #2. 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 2 blocks from the event, at Santa Fe Depot/Americas Plaza. Deco Bikes has a small – 16 stall – stand just North of the event.
Q. If I drive, where can I park?
A. You may find parking on the City street grid or in parking lots throughout downtown. There is street parking on North Harbor Drive and parking lots on the Midway and ‘B’ Street piers and on the ‘G’ Street mole. There’s another lot under the County Administration Building accessible from Ash St. between Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, but available only to County employees on Friday. Get here early or you may not find space at these locations. There are many other lots throughout downtown, but you’ll need to walk a bit further.
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.
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 should be complete by the time of the event. There may be some construction activity for the new Navy Broadway complex on the South side of Broadway and East side of Harbor Drive, but it 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. Do you have a beer and wine garden?
A. Better than that. You can purchase wine and beer at bars at different locations on the pier, and walk around and enjoy all aspects of the event except the Kid Zone up front. Sorry, but we can’t permit alcohol near the rides.
Q. My brother-in-law thinks he’s a big shot. Do you have a V.I.P. program?
A. You betcha. Get him a V.i.P. ticket (as long as he’s gonna reimburse you for it). Gets him admission on multiple days so he can see sculptors’ work in progress (worth up to $56), quick admittance into the event each day, access to a special section with a great view of the bay, 2 free drinks (worth up to $16), deluxe facilities (he’ll really like that) and more. If you get the V.I.P. tickets on line early, you’ll save a bundle. Oh, and there’s a bonus for the first 200 V.I.P. ticketholders: a voucher for a free Charburger, fries and drink at the Habit Grille Food Truck (worth about $12).
Q. What else is there?
A. You mean besides the world’s best sand sculptors; amazing dimensional art in other media; a dozen gourmet food trucks; beer and wine, 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 games going on daily where you might win prizes. And there’s even more. You’ll see.