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Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

July 15, 2016 - July 16, 2016

Being dubbed, “The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition,” the 2016 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

A pancake breakfast at Portwood Pier Plaza will kick off Saturday’s activities from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Attendees will get to enjoy freshly made pancakes served up by the Imperial Beach community members and elected officials.

A parade featuring local youth groups and civic organizations marching to show their Imperial Beach pride will proceed down Seacoast Drive at 9 a.m. Best viewing spots are at Portwood Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of foods at the Certified Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive. In addition, many of the restaurants in Imperial Beach will be offering special menus and discounts for the day. The event will also feature a stage with musical entertainment and children’s activities and crafts throughout the day.

Local children will get to show their sand-sculpting skills during the Kids n’ Kastles competition, where kids from ages 5 to 12 will team together to build sandcastles. At 5:00 PM, the day’s activities will conclude with an awards ceremony at Pier Plaza.

Sun & Sea Festival Event Schedule

Sun & Sea Festival Event Schedule

Friday, July 15, 2016

8 am – 10am
Mayor’s 2nd Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle (Dempsey Holder Safety Center IB Lifeguard Tower)
10 am – 11 am
Mayor’s Breakfast at Pier Plaza
Noon – Dusk
Exhibition Sandcastle on Display
6 pm – midnight
Sandcastle Ball

Saturday, July 16, 2016

7 am – 9 am: Pancake Breakfast $5 donation Hosted by volunteers from St. James Lutheran Church
9 am – 10 am: Parade starts at the corner of Imperial Beach Blvd and Seacoast Drive, travels north on Seacoast ending at Dunes Park
9 am – 2:00 pm: Master Sand Sculptures Created north of the pier
10 am – 5 pm: Sun & Sea Festival opens along Seacoast Drive between Portwood Pier Plaza and Dunes Park
10 am – 4 pm: Kids Zone (Family friendly Entertainment & Activities)
Noon – 1:30 pm: Kids ‘n Kastles Sand-Building Competition adjacent to Dune’s Park
2 pm – 4 pm: Judging of Sandcastles
4 pm – 5 pm: Sandcastle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza


July 15, 2016
July 16, 2016
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Imperial Beach
10 Evergreen Avenue
Imperial Beach, 91932
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