Wisconsin is known for its festivals, and it’s about to get a new one like none other in the state that perfectly celebrates Manitowoc’s sandy beaches and family-friendly atmosphere.
July 14-16, 2023 will mark the Inaugural Wisconsin Sand Sculpting Festival, a three-day event centered around ten semi-pro sand sculptors who will compete for first place and people's choice. Using nothing but sand and a mix of water and natural adhesive, these sculptors will create giant works of sand art that are sure to blow your mind.
This unique event encourages visitors to be a part of the action, with the Amateur Sand Sculpting Tournament on Saturday, July 15. Participants will start crafting at 10:00 a.m., and then judging will take place that same day at 3:00 p.m. Looking for tips on how to get started? Attend one of the many free hands-on lessons.
The grand sculptures may be the main event, but you won’t want to miss the Speed Sculpting Shows, aptly named Quick Sand. Two semi-pro sculptors will compete head to head on stage to see who can make the best sand sculpture according to a random theme called out by an audience member. The competitors only get ten minutes and one bucket of sand to create their masterpieces.
Admission is $5 per day or $10 for a 3-day pass. All proceeds go to the Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary, a local nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers that carry out charitable and educational projects.
For a full schedule of events at the Wisconsin Sand Sculpting Festival, see our event page here.