What To Do & See at Revere’s 2023 International Sand Sculpting Competition

This year marks the 19th Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival being hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership. Every year the festival seems to get better than the last, which means you do not want to miss this year’s sculptures, activities, cuisine, and beach events. 

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. The Festival attracts master sand sculptors from all over the globe to compete on Revere Beach – America’s First Public Beach. Thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Revere Beach to take in the sculptures and enjoy the competition every year.

Let’s explore this year’s theme, some of the events that will take place over the weekend of July 28th through Sunday, July 30th, and provide some parking and travel tips for this year’s event. 

90 Years Of Kong

Thie 2023 theme for the competition is 90 Years of Kong. We are excited to see what the world-class sculptors create with this unique and interesting theme. 

Schedule of Events 

This free and family-friendly event has become a tradition in New England. Many visitors come from miles away while others hop on the MBTA Blue Line and arrive just feet from the sandy beach. 

The International Sand Sculpting competition isn’t just about enjoying amazing sand sculptures. It is also about food, culture, family time, and fun activities for you and the kids! Some of the events you won’t want to miss include: 

  • Sand Sculptures and Judging Along the Boardwalk
  • Food Trucks and Food Cuisines from Around the Globe
  • Live Entertainment including music and Children’s Activities
  • Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Amusement Rides 
  • A Fun Day at the Beach 
  • And much more!

Revere Beach sandcastle

Parking & Travel Tips 

As can be expected with the large volume of people expected at each year’s festival, many roads, including Revere Beach Boulevard will be shut down for pedestrians to safely travel. 

Anticipate delayed drive times and consider that there will be limited parking at nearby MBTA stations such as Wonderland. Your best bet is to take the MBTA Blue Line to one of Revere’s three stops – Wonderland, Revere Beach, or Beachmont. 

Please be aware that the Sumner Tunnel will be closed from May – September 2023. For more information or alternative travel, routes click here

Things To Bring 

A trip to the Festival would not be complete without spending some time on the beach or partaking in the wide assortment of food trucks and cuisines that will be available throughout the weekend. Bring a beach chair, sunscreen, and be sure to budget for your meals. The festival and events are free but meals are on-your-own. 

Don’t forget your camera because the sand sculptures won’t last forever! See you at the beach.