Sand Events


There will be sand all over town for the 2023 Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival!


Join us June 23 – 25, 2023 for three days of sand-filled programs at Ocean Shores Washington.


The programs will be held on the beach at the Ocean Shores Chance a la Mer NW beach access, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and around town at Oyhut Bay Seaside Village, at Bennett’s Fish Shack and at Playtime Family Fun.


The Amateur Sandcastle Building Contest is open to everyone. Professional sand artists from Formfinders will manage the contest and provide training and encouragement for all. There is a $5 per person registration fee up to a maximum of $30 per team. Register your team in advance by mail, or at the Festival Info Booth, or Saturday morning on the beach. Cash or check only.

The Masters Sandcastle Contest features three sandcastles built around Ocean Shores. Thanks to the generosity of our three major sponsors – Playtime Family Fun, Oyhut Bay, and Bennett’s Fish Shack - there will be sandcastles made by professional sand sculpture artists from around the state displayed at these businesses. The sandcastles will be built Thursday, Friday and Saturday and they will be up until the wind blows them away. The sculptures are all available for public viewing as they are being built.

Stop on by the businesses for a close-up of these amazing creations that only live for a moment in time:

Playtime Family Fun at 752 Point Brown Ave NE
Oyhut Bay at 300 Lodge Ave SW - Central plaza volleyball court -
Bennett’s Fish Shack (sculpture built at the Ocean Shores Convention Center)

Justin the Circler has dedicated his life to learning the ancient craft of pure or sacred geometry and its endless related topics.  A naturalist, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and artist, he has emerged as a messenger and teacher.  Many sleepless nights spent contemplating, theorizing and notating original ideas to later find out his ideas are ages old but have been forgotten or even hidden. 


Formfinders are a sand sculpture team headquartered in Olympia, WA. Team members hail from various parts of Washington and Oregon and come together each summer to find the hidden treasures just waiting to be carved out of the sand. Since 2008 the team has won many regional awards at various sand festivals.




Use the Chance a La Mer entrance. Once on the beach, the activities are to the left of the parking poles (south). You will see the tent, banners, and registration table for the contest and Justin’s truck and banners for sand drawing. Cars are allowed on the beach to drive and park but cars are not allowed past the permanent poles to the south.


QUESTIONS? Scott Nagel, Art at Beach Producer – 360.808.3940 or

Kelly 360.461.3950