Fun in the Sun: SCAD Sand Arts Festival Returns to Tybee

After a two-year hiatus, the Savannah College of Art and Design has announced the return of its treasured Sand Arts Festival. 

Taking place Friday, May 6, hundreds of SCAD students will transform Tybee Island’s South Beach with more than 100 creative sand sculptures.

 A fun, family-friendly event, the SCAD Sand Arts Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the island, and there’s a lot to look forward to at the festival this year. 

“The Sand Arts Festival has value for our students and our community. It gives the students a chance to not just enjoy Tybee, the natural resources of the beach, and one another, but also to become a part of the community by sharing their talents and gifts,” said SCAD foundation studies professor Lisa Rundstrom, who is the organizer for this year’s festival.

“It is great for the community to meet some of the students, [and] see the vibrant charisma they share with us every day. Art and SCAD are a part of the culture of the Savannah area community, and this event provides a unique opportunity for us to connect to one another through our love of art, community, and our beautiful location,” she added. 

The fest kicks off at 10 a.m. as participants start sculpting their sandy masterpieces. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. This year, there will be some new categories for the competition including the SCAD Peace, Love and Homage Awards. Traditional categories include the Sandcastle, Sand Sculpture, Sand Relief, and SCAD Spirit Awards among others. To celebrate the festival’s long-awaited return, higher prize money is being awarded. 

After the winners are awarded, spectators can join participants in the “sundown stomp” between 4 and 5 p.m. to reset the beach to its pristine, pre-festival condition. 

The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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