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Port Aransas is gearing up for an event that transforms the beach into a canvas for breathtaking artistry. Texas SandFest, the largest beach sand sculpture competition in the United States, is returning to Port A from April 19–21, 2024. This is not your average day at the beach. Imagine walking along the shores and stumbling upon a haunting rendition of Abraham Lincoln, only to find a larger-than-life gorilla and a Hindu god made entirely of sand just a few steps away. Welcome to Texas SandFest, where the extraordinary happens.

Started in 1997 as a modest local competition, Texas SandFest has blossomed into an internationally acclaimed event, attracting the world’s most talented sand sculptors and tens of thousands of visitors from across the globe. For three days, Port Aransas becomes a hub of creativity, community, and celebration, making it a must-visit destination for families, art lovers, and anyone looking for a unique beach experience.

What to Expect at SandFest

As you meander through the festival, you’ll encounter mind-boggling sand sculptures that defy expectations. Live music sets the festive mood, while local food vendors offer a taste of the coast. The beer garden provides a perfect spot for adults to unwind, and “Lesson Mountain” ensures the little ones leave with new sand-sculpting skills. The festival is also a shopper’s paradise with vendors selling everything from arts and crafts to apparel and jewelry.

The heart of Texas SandFest is the Masters’ Gallery, where solo artists and teams work tirelessly over the festival’s three days to create monumental sand sculptures. Watching these artists at work is nothing short of magical, as they transform piles of sand into intricate works of art. Whether planned months in advance or inspired by the moment, each sculpture tells a story and showcases the incredible skill of its creator.

Don’t miss out on the amateur competition, where budding sculptors of all ages craft their own masterpieces. It’s inspiring to see the creativity and dedication of these participants, proving that everyone has a place in the art world.

New This Year

  • Free Public Demonstrations by YouTube personality Andy Hancock start the week off, offering a unique opportunity to learn from a pro. These sessions run from April 15 to April 18.
  • Family Group Sandcastle Lessons provide a rare chance to dive deep into sand sculpture creation, with a special bonus for amateur competition participants.
  • Important changes to parking, guest services, and accessibility options ensure a smooth experience for all attendees.

Plan Your Visit

With its immense popularity, planning ahead for SandFest is crucial. Booking accommodations and transportation early ensures a hassle-free visit. Remember, Texas SandFest is a rain-or-shine event that celebrates the unpredictable beauty of nature.

Deep Sea Adventure Awaits

While the sand sculptures are sure to amaze, the adventure doesn’t stop there. Port Aransas Fisherman’s Wharf invites you to explore the depths of the sea with a deep sea fishing trip. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or trying fishing for the first time, our experienced crew will provide an unforgettable experience on the water. Book your trip with us while you’re in town for Texas SandFest and make the most of your Port Aransas adventure.

Texas SandFest offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the transformation of sand into extraordinary art. It’s a celebration of creativity, community, and the wonders of the beach. Join us in Port Aransas for a festival like no other and discover the magic of sand sculpting. See you at the beach!