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2019 Sun & Sea Festival To Be Held July 13 In IB

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 10:22 am

Professional and amateur sand carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions on Saturday, July 13. The free, family-friendly, no alcohol event, includes a street festival, food fair and artisan booths, live music and entertainment. The 2019 parade theme is “Under the Sea.” The Kids Zone will be filled with kid-friendly fun and entertainment.

Public viewing of the sand castles takes place on Saturday only, throughout the day until 5 p.m. Best viewing time is between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday, July 12 events include: 7 a.m. 3K Beach Walk/Run starting at the Pier; 9 a.m. Mayor’s Fifth Annual Imperial Beach Pier Swim & Paddle at the Dempsey Holder Safety Center IB Lifeguard Tower; 10 to 11 a.m. the Mayor’s Breakfast at Pier Plaza; and at noon, the Dusk Exhibition sand castle on display.

Saturday, July 13 is the day of the festival with events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pier Plaza, Dunes Park and Seacoast Drive. Events include: 7 to 9 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Pier Plaza; 9 to 10 a.m. Sandcastle Parade “Under the Sea”; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master Sand Sculptures on the sand lose to the IB Pier; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kid’s Zone with children’s activities at Dune’s Park; noon to 1:30 p.m. Kids ’n Kastles sand castle building competition adjacent to Dune’s Park; 2 to 4 p.m. Sand Castle judging, the best time to view the sand sculptures; and 4 to 5 p.m. Sand Castle Awards Ceremony at Pier Plaza

No animals, skateboards, smoking or alcohol will be allowed in the festival area or on the beach. For more information, visit

The major sponsors of the Sun & Sea Festival are Tillamook, CAL AM Water, County of San Diego, City of Imperial Beach and Port of San Diego.

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