Head to Galveston’s East Beach August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for AIA Sandcastle Competition. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours. The event is free but there is a $10 (cash only) charge to park on East Beach.