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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Free Sandcastle Building Lessons Coming to Galveston’s Stewart Beach
‘Sandcastle Days’ Events to Take Place June 4, July 8, July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5
GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (May 26, 2017) – Attention budding builders – sandcastle builders, that is. This summer, Galveston will host a free, family friendly event series to help beachgoers create spectacular sandcastles with tips from the pros.  
Beginning next month, visitors to Stewart Beach can participate in “Sandcastle Days” events to receive free sandcastle building lessons from a professional sandcastle builder. The events will take place June 4, July 8, July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5.
Each event will begin with an instructor building a sandcastle from 8-11 a.m. followed by lessons at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Equipment will be provided on a limited basis and participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels.
Registration is not required. The lessons will take place on the sand near the Stewart Beach Pavilion. Sandcastle Days events will be led by sculptors Emerson Schreiner and Lucinda Weirenga.
Stewart Beach is located at 201 Seawall Blvd. It is home to helicopter tours, a pavilion, volleyball courts, a children’s playground, restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals and concessions. Parking at Stewart Beach costs $15 per car during Sandcastle Days events.
For more information, visit
Love Sandcastles? Don’t Miss the AIA Sandcastle Competition
Those excited to learn how to build sandcastles may want to attend the 31st annual AIA Sandcastle Competition put on by the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter. The event will take place June 3 at East Beach, featuring more than 60 teams as they compete for the prestigious Golden Bucket Award for the best sandcastle.
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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