Although summer is coming to a close, it’s not too late for one last road trip or beach excursion. We’re fortunate to have many beaches right here in L.A. but sometimes a few hours’ drive is worth it for the change of atmosphere. Although small, at just one-square-mile, Carmel-by-the-Sea has plenty to do and see, like their famous art galleries, restaurants and, of course, white-sand beach where, for the last sixty years, The Great Sandcastle Contest takes place.
The 60th annual event, which is open to anyone interested in building a castle, features the theme “Sixty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” This end of summer tradition proves that sandcastles aren’t just for kids; contestants take their castle building very seriously! The contest is sponsored by the city of Carmel-by-the-Beach and the Monterey Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The Great Sandcastle Contest will take place Oct. 2 on Carmel Beach, south of 10th Ave. Building begins at 8 a.m. and judging begins at noon. Contestants have a chance at winning awards in multiple categories, from the coveted Golden Shovel to the tongue-in-cheek Sour Grapes.
For more information visit CarmelCalifornia.com or call Carmel Community Services at (831) 620-2020.