Posts Tagged ‘Granada’

The 17th Annual Tiki Beach Festival returned to the Granada Launch Ramp in Long Beach this past weekend. This all-ages event allows all guests to experience various Pacific Islands inspired food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, and more. Situated right on the beach, the festival required no admission, so anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the main walkway leading up to the sand, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, and more. Further down, we found all the food booths, selling lots of Pacific Islander food as well as American or Californian street food. However, the main attraction of the festival lie just beyond those booths on the right. Hundreds of guests flocked to the sand to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s bodies. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun and sand did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

Come back next year! The Tiki Beach Fest occurs around mid-August annually and lasts two days, which gives you ample time to plan to show up at the beach.

The 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest of Long Beach concluded this past weekend to its largest turnout in history. Taking place on the sunny shores of Granada Beach just south of the Belmont Shore neighborhood, this all-ages contest brought out the local community and professional artists & sculptors from all over the nation to enjoy a weekend on the beach and to celebrate the joys of summer. In the previous years, this prestigious contest saw few restrictions, as anyone could enter a team for free and build whatever they preferred on Saturday, while the organizers reserved Sunday mainly for sightseeing and photo opportunities. This year, the organizers added more structure and rules to the contest, creating a smaller time frame to get everything done in one weekend.

This year, the organizers separated the days into two different categories: professionals, and community. On Saturday, professional sand sculptors could register to carve a larger sculpture representing something symbolic from any work of literature. These professionals competed for an actual cash prize, unlike the community teams that participated for gifts. The community participated on Sunday, gathering teams from around Southern California to build sand sculptures of their own, also themed to literature. None of these community teams built anything to match the scale of the professionals, but they still crafted some mighty breathtaking works of art. The professionals managed to stay relevant by creating themes ranging from traditional themes to things personally relevant to current events. One participant took advantage of the current Pokémon GO craze to create a sculpture based on that game, and to no one’s surprise, it drew the biggest crowd.

As part of Long Beach’s annual summer celebrations, this sand sculpture contest will return again next year to the same place at the same time and approximately the same weekend. If you feel like a visionary yet want to go to the beach, why not do both and participate next year?

The 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest of Long Beach concluded this past weekend to its largest turnout in history. Taking place on the sunny shores of Granada Beach just south of the Belmont Shore neighborhood, this all-ages contest brought out the local community and professional artists & sculptors from all over the nation to enjoy a weekend on the beach and to celebrate the joys of summer. In the previous years, this prestigious contest saw few restrictions, as anyone could enter a team for free and build whatever they preferred on Saturday, while the organizers reserved Sunday mainly for sightseeing and photo opportunities. This year, the organizers added more structure and rules to the contest, creating a smaller time frame to get everything done in one weekend.

This year, the organizers separated the days into two different categories: professionals, and community. On Saturday, professional sand sculptors could register to carve a larger sculpture representing something symbolic from any work of literature. These professionals competed for an actual cash prize, unlike the community teams that participated for gifts. The community participated on Sunday, gathering teams from around Southern California to build sand sculptures of their own, also themed to literature. None of these community teams built anything to match the scale of the professionals, but they still crafted some mighty breathtaking works of art.

Observe the professional sculptures crafted on Saturday:

At least 22 community teams participated in this year’s sand sculpture contest. All teams received up to four hours to craft as much as possible to display to the judges once the crafting period ended. Many of these local teams brought enough craftsmanship and precision to rival that of the professionals. However, the lack of time and able bodies meant that the local teams could not build grand structures that many had aspired to create.

As part of Long Beach’s annual summer celebrations, this sand sculpture contest will return again next year to the same place at the same time and approximately the same weekend. If you feel like a visionary yet want to go to the beach, why not do both and participate next year?

The 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest of Long Beach returns for its 2013 installment this weekend. Taking place on the sunny shores of Granada Beach just south of the Belmont Shore neighborhood, this all-ages contest brings the local community and professional artists and sculptors from all over to enjoy a weekend on the beach and to celebrate the joys of summer. Previous years of this prestigious contest saw few restrictions, as anyone could enter a team for free and build whatever they preferred. This year, the organizers have added more structure to the contest. Saturday will see professionals at work competing for a cash prize. On Sunday, up to 40 teams consisting of anybody can register to participate, although winners in this category only receive actual goods as prizes as opposed to cash. In addition to the sand sculpting, visitors will find some vendors along the launch ramp selling food and merchandise, as well as a kids’ area complete with a bounce house and other play areas.

All of these festivities take place this Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am and ending around 4pm. Granada Beach, located where Granada Avenue meets E Ocean Blvd, comes with its own metered parking lot, but visitors can park on the streets for free. Keep in mind that if you want to participate, you must register via their website linked above. Individuals of all ages may register, although minors must register with an accompanying adult’s supervision. As an entirely outdoors event with no boundaries, all visitors should adhere to the hot weather – apply plenty of sunscreen, remain hydrated or bring water bottles, and dress comfortably for the hot sand. The vendors accept cash only, so have cash available if you desire to purchase anything at this event. Visitors and participants may leave and return whenever they would like – this means that anyone may head up to 2nd Street to any of the restaurants there to have lunch and return afterwards.

Take a gander at these sand sculptures crafted at last year’s 80th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest:

The 12th Annual Tiki Beach Festival came to Long Beach this past weekend for its only installment of the year. Previously, this fest had ran twice in the summer, but for reasons that only the organizers know, this year only saw one fest. All guests could experience various Pacific Islands inspired food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, and more. Situated right on the beach, the festival required no admission, so anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away.

The main attraction of the festival lie just beyond those booths on the right. Hundreds of guests flocked to the sands to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s body. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun and sand did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

As always, I have more pictures, because visuals make a blog that much easier to read.

Come back next year! The Tiki Beach Fest occurs around mid-summer annually and lasts two days, which gives you ample time to plan to show up at the beach.

The 12th Annual Tiki Beach Festival will take place all weekend at the Granada Launch Ramp in Long Beach from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here. Situated in the middle of a bustling beach, attendees can easily walk to the nearby dog beach, restaurants, and more. The main attraction centers on the stage, where hula dancers and musicians hope to delight and entertain you. The beach has coin-metered parking lots, while the neighborhoods across the street have free parking.

Having been to the Tiki Beach Festival annually for so many years that I have forgotten, I have acquired a handful of photos. I can honestly call this fest a feast for the ears and eyes, and even mouths if you purchase some of the Islander food available, so if you like what you see, definitely bring your friends and family to this beach this weekend.