Thanks to everyone who made Leap's 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest a success! Team Registration for our next event will open in May 2015.




The event began in 1983 and quickly became hugely popular. The first fifteen competitions were held at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Over the years, the Sandcastle Contest became so large that it was moved to the more expansive Ocean Beach, where thousands of spectators each year enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the arts and connect with their community. The Sandcastle Contest is now the largest sandcastle event in Northern California. Teams and sponsors involved in Leap's 2014 Sandcastle Contest raised over $255,000! These funds will make it possible for Leap to serve approximately 7,000 students in over 30 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts. Please join us in October 2015 for Leap's 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest! As always, the event will prove to be another exciting competition showcasing the Bay Area's most enthusiastic young minds!

Leap hosts this spirited competition between teams of architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students each October on Ocean Beach. The Sandcastle Contest is a fundraiser to support Leap's arts education programs, but admission is free to the community. Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day. On the morning of the event, the teams and students arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest. As soon as it sounds, four hours of intensive building begin. By the end of the day, the beach has transformed into a land of magical creatures and fantastical structures. The teamwork involved in creating these works provides an intense learning experience for both the students and the many sponsors who participate.

Don't know what to bring to the beach? - Click here for a suggested tool list!

Want to build a team in 2015? Please use our 2014 materials for reference (will be updated in spring 2015): Click here for more information!


Map of Ocean Beach in San Francisco