PIER 60 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

By: Haley Roney

Edited By: Carly Richwagen 

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

 

Think you can build an exceptional sandcastle? Check out the sand creations at the Tampa Bay Sugar Sand Festival! The festival is a ten-day event that provides activities and entertainment for people of all ages, and takes place in a 21,000 square-foot tent. The sand-sculpted art is crafted by world class sculptors using the sugar sand found on Clearwater Beach, and the creations are amazing.  This year's festival starts on April 15th and runs through the 24th at Causeway Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida. Prices for the event are: Adult - $10, Senior/Military/Firefighter/Police/Teachers - $7, Students(ages 6-17) - $5, Children under 5 - Free.

Under the Sea sculpture at Clearwater Beach, FL

Under the Sea sculpture at Clearwater Beach, FL

The event features all day activities for the whole family. You can spend the day enjoying live entertainment, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, fireworks, and more!

Artists working on their sand sculptures.

Artists working on their sand sculptures.

The event brings in 10 sculptors from all over the United States. The sculptors make their masterpieces without using any type of mold. They handcraft their sculptors and rely on the use of utility, baking, dentist tools, and brushes. Every year features a new theme, so every year you will have the opportunity to see something new and exciting. This year's theme is "All Out Music!" and the sculptors have 10 days to make their sculptures. 

The band Ajeva, performs live at the festival this year. 

The band Ajeva, performs live at the festival this year. 

You can enjoy concerts from a variety of different genres at the Sugar Sand Festival. There will be performances at this year's event by: MYSTIK NRG, BLACK HONKEYS, AJEVA, BUS STOP BAND, PIRATE FLAG BAND, and ORQUESTA INFINIDAD.

If you're looking for a way to entertain your kids and music isn't their thing, the event also features a giant sandbox for the kids to play in and build their own creations with sugar sand, or to climb and play with! There's even space for the parents to sit and keep an eye on the kids. 

Sugar Sand hills Clearwater Beach, FL

Sugar Sand hills Clearwater Beach, FL

Sand Festival Instructor demonstrates tips and techniques for sculpting sand masterpieces. 

Sand Festival Instructor demonstrates tips and techniques for sculpting sand masterpieces. 

If you would like to learn how to make the perfect sand masterpiece, then you can attend a sand sculpting class that will be put on at the event. The workshops will be held both weekends and sculpting tools will be provided. 

The event takes place on the beach, so it's also the perfect opportunity for you to break out your CornholeOnWater set and start up a game with family, friends, and other festival goers! 

The Sugar Sand Festival provides plenty of fun for the whole family. It provides plenty of activities (even more than mentioned in this blog) that will keep your family entertained for the duration of your visit. 

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival. 

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival.