South Padre Island’s Sand Castle Days 30th Anniversary

October 4, 2017
Sandcastle Days

Need some fun in the sun? Toes in the sand? Take a trip to South Padre Island and join 30,000+ fans to celebrate Sand Castle Days 30th Anniversary! Sand Castle Days, one of South Padre Island’s premier annual events, will celebrate its 30th anniversary, Thursday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 8. Master sand sculptors Walter McDonald and Lucinda Weirenga founded the event to showcase the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island’s sand and to raise awareness of the critical importance of protecting our coastal shores. Over the years, this family-fun event has grown from a local celebration to a qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting where 30,000+ fans come to watch the sand come alive in the form of spectacular sculptures. Each year, master sand sculptors from around the country and abroad bring their artistry to South Padre Island for this unforgettable sand sculpture competition!

Sand Castle Days

WHERE: Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, Texas

WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 8.  Events begin at 9 a.m. each day.


Thursday: Official start of the Masters of Sand Competition


Masters of Sand continue sculpting

Registration for Amateur Competition begins

Sand Castle Days Mercado

Live Bands on Stage at Clayton’s


Final day of Masters of Sand competition

Sand Castle Mercado

Amateur Competition (kids, family, group or single person castle)

Children’s Water Slides, Bouncer and Bull Ride

Unlitter Campaign’s 8th Annual Trash and Show

Judging and Awards Presentation for Amateur and Masters Competitions

Live Bands on Stage at Clayton’s


Sand Castle Days Mercado

Children’s Water Slides, Bouncer and Bull Ride

People’s Choice Awards

For more information and official event details, visit:

South Padre Island is a resort town on a barrier island of the same name, off the southern coast of Texas. It’s known for its beaches and calm waters. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is home to a 5-story watchtower with views of migrating birds. The South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center offers boat tours and touch tanks. Sea turtles are rescued and rehabilitated at Sea Turtle Inc.


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