The greatest beach party in the country is coming to Portland’s living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square, July 20th – 22nd. Yoshida’s Sand in the City features fun for all ages with majestic sand sculptures, interactive youth exhibits, live music, entertainment and more! It is estimated that over 60,000 people attend Sand in the City throughout the weekend. Every dollar raised during the event benefits the Children, Youth and Family Services of Impact NW including the Kids on the Block Awareness Program.
The excitement begins on Friday, July 20th, when amateur corporate sponsor teams have only six hours to build an elaborate sand sculpture, designed with an architect and sand mentor. The teams have trained and practiced for more than six weeks in an attempt to win the coveted Golden Shovel award, so competition is fierce on building day! Sand sculptures will be judged by Junki Yoshida, Timber Joey, Amy Rolloff, and Ken Carr. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening followed by performances from Queued Up and Michael Allen Harrison.
In addition to the visually stunning sand sculptures, Sand in the City will host outstanding activities for kids at the Children’s Inspiration Village sponsored by Evergreen Aviation, where on Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm, families can watch puppet shows, play with science experiments, do art projects and jump in the bounce house! After enjoying food and drinks, kids can build their own castle in the giant Sand Box, have their face painted, or take in one of the live performances happening all weekend.
Join the fun Saturday starting at 5:00pm, July 21st, for the Beach Bash featuring some great entertainment, food and drinks. There will be an awards ceremony for the top fundraisers in the Friends of the Kids fundraising campaign. The celebration will continue with performances from Pu Pu Platters, Ka Pa Hula o Kanaeaupuni hula dancers and Satin Chaps. For a full schedule of live entertainment, please see below.
Suggested Entrance Donation
$4 per person
$10 per family
Entertainment schedule *please note exact times may change*
Friday, July 20:
9:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies to kick-off an exciting day of building and sand sculpting
10:00 a.m. – Live feed from radio station KUPL
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Kids on the Block puppet shows
5:30 p.m. – Join us for the Sand Sculptures Awards Ceremony to find out the winners of the Golden Shovel, Silver Rake or Bronze Bucket.
6:00 p.m. – Queued Up performs
7:15p.m. – Michael Allen Harrison performs
Saturday, July 21:
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Stroll throughout Pioneer Courthouse Square to view the masterpieces that were created. Enjoy the entertainment, children’s activities, Kids on the Block puppet shows, food and fun throughout the day.
10:30 a.m. – Sandy Sanders Band performs
12:00 p.m. – Power Pep performs
2:30 p.m. – Luminous Things performs
3:45 p.m. – Whistlin’ Rufus performs
5:00 p.m. – Beach Bash begins & Pu Pu Platters perform
6:00 p.m. – Awards ceremony for Friends of the Kids top fundraisers
6:30 p.m. – Ka Pa Hula O Kanaeaupuni hula dancers perform
7:45 p.m. – Satin Chaps performs
Sunday, July 22:
10:30 a.m. – Ethos performs
11:30 a.m. – Kids on the Block puppet show
12:00 p.m. – Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers performs
1:00 p.m. – Demolition & closing ceremonies
Impact NW is a premier provider of educational and social services in the greater Portland metro area. The organization’s mission is to help people prosper through a community of support. Throughout its 45-year history, Impact NW has been a leader in providing individuals of all ages with the skills and resources necessary to achieve success and to advocate for themselves and their communities. Annually, over 60,000 low-income children, youth, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities participate in Impact NW’s comprehensive anti- poverty programs.