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Sand in the City, Pioneer Square, Portland, Oregon

Portland’s Sand in the City returns this Friday to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Load in day is Thursday and building starts Friday morning. Always interesting to watch the building as well as the finished product. Standout times to be there/things to see are the Awards ceremony and Last Regiment performance on Friday, Luau in the City on Saturday, and the demolition on Sunday should also be interesting to see.

We took many Sand in the City photos a couple years back and the thumbnails of those are posted below. It costs $3/$5 per person this year (previous years was free to view) and there are special passes and events that you can purchase tickets for. It’s for a good cause and always a fun time.

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Portland Sand in the City Pictures & 2011 Info

July 15th 17th 2011
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Portland, Oregon
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The greatest beach party in the country is coming to Portland’s living room on July 15th – 17th! Yoshida’s Sand in the City presented by Pacific Power features fun for all ages with majestic sand sculptures, interactive youth exhibits, live music, entertainment and more! Every dollar raised at Sand in the City, now in its 16th year, benefits the Child, Youth and Family Services of Impact NW (visit for more information), including the Kids on the Block Awareness Program.

The excitement begins on Friday, July 15th, 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! The teams also compete off the sand plot for the Friends of the Kids Award, which promotes team fundraising and community involvement for Impact NW.

In addition to the visually stunning sand sculptures, Sand in the City will host four outstanding exhibits at the Children’s Inspiration Village, where families can interact one-on-one with robots, play with science experiments, pet cool animals and make their own puppets! After enjoying a Crater Lake Root Beer Float or some pizza from Pizzicato, little kids (and big kids) can build their own castle in our giant Sand Box, have their face painted, or take in one of our live performances happening all weekend! (See full schedule below.)

Join us Friday night, July 15th , for some great bands, great drinks from the Beer & Wine Cove featuring Alameda Brewhouse, Anchor Steam Beer and Yamhill Valley Vineyards open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday night, party at Luau in the City from 6:30 to 10 p.m., featuring Hawaiian Charm and Ka Pa Hula o Kanaeaupuni to set the tropical mood with authentic music and hula dancing. An all-inclusive Loke Lanai tickets can be purchased for $50 at and includes entrance, entertainment, dinner catered by Hawaiian Time, exclusive, complimentary beer and wine service and exclusive seating. Otherwise, general admission for the luau is a $5 donation and the Beer & Wine Cove will be open as well as yummy eats from Pizzicato.

During Sand in the City weekend, we rely on the amazing efforts of over 600 volunteers and 350 sand sculptors to make it all happen. Volunteer opportunities vary from serving root beer floats to decorating for Saturday night’s Luau in the City to greeting our 65,000 guests at one of the entrances. In coordination with our goal of having the most sustainable, cleanest Sand in the City ever, our Sustainability Team strongly encourages our guests to use Trimet to visit us this summer.

Visit for more info on how we’re keeping this event sustainable or to volunteer at the festival.

$3 per person before 6:30 p.m.
$5 per person after 6:30 p.m.
$10 per family at all times
$50 (pre-purchase online now!) an all-inclusive Loke Lanai ticket

Entertainment schedule

Friday, July 15:
9:30am: Opening Ceremonies and Parade featuring Oregon Crusaders and Kids on the Block Awareness Program
10:00am: Building Begins!
12:00pm: Lunch Break with live music by Gimme Some Lovin’
4:00pm: Building ends
5:00pm-10:00pm: Beer & Wine Cove open
5:15pm: Sculpture Awards Ceremony

2011 Sand Judges

  • Erskine Wood, Internationally Renowned Photographer
  • Rocco DeBrodt, Sand Master
  • Lynnette Nguyen, Sand Judge Chair
  • Darcelle XV, International Legendary Entertainer
  • Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner

5:30pm Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
6:45pm My Autumn’s Done Come
8:15pm Ramona Falls with Lost Lander

Saturday, July 16:
10:15am: Whale Revolution
11:15am: Kids on the Block Awareness Program Puppet Show
12:15pm: Whistlin’ Rufus
12:30pm: ZAP from the Oregon Zoo (Animals in the City exhibit)
3:00pm: Krayon Kids
4:30pm: Kids on the Block Awareness Program Puppet Show
6:30-10:00pm: Luau in the City, featuring Hawaiian Charm, Ka Pa Hula o Kanaeaupuni and Toucan Sam & the Fruit Loops, Beer & Wine Cove open

Sunday, July 17:
10:00am: Phame Academy
10:00am: Mr. Lizard (Animals in the City exhibit)
11:15am: Kids on the Block Awareness Program Puppet Show
12:15pm: Scott Gallegos
1:45pm: Kids on the Block Awareness Program Puppet Show
2:45pm: Power Pep Band
4:30-6:00pm: DEMOLITION. Enjoy observing the painstaking work of our sand teams and architects at Sand in the City? Now come witness the magnificent sandcastle creations get demolished by some majorly heavy machinery.

Crater Lake Soda & Float Station
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Children’s Inspiration Village, Robots in the City, Science in the City
Open Friday, Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-4


Full flickr set of my Sand in the City pics here.
You can see pictures from 2010 here on Flickr (from darwinsbulldog).

2007 Sand in the City-27
2007 Sand in the City-26
2007 Sand in the City-25
2007 Sand in the City-24
Portland Sand
2007 Sand in the City-22
Made in Oregon
Made in Oregon
Book Worm
Book Worm
Lisa Simpson
Lisa Simpson
2007 Sand in the City-12
2007 Sand in the City-11
Bart Simpson
Ocean Blue
Greg Oden
Kiddie Tales
Greg Oden
Greg Oden
Kids on the Block
2007 Sand in the City
2007 Sand in the City, Pioneer Square, Portland, Oregon


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