Long Beach, Calif. is home to a gay vice mayor, a thriving bike culture, and lively lesbian scene. The second-largest city in Los Angeles County is also the home to one of the nation's largest sand sculpture contests.
The 81st annual Long Beach Sand Sculpture Contest takes place August 10 and 11, welcoming both individuals and teams to compete for most impressive sand sculpture. This event, taking place at Granada Beach, benefits the Long Beach Library Foundation. Fittingly, this year's theme is "Sculpting Literacy in your Community," so expect lots of sandy libraries, books, and Kindles.
Click here for more info on the fun event, which also includes arts and crafts and live music.