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Texas SandFest a beach art party

Sculptors turn beach sand into works of art at the annual Texas SandFest in Port Aransas. Courtesy photo

One of the Coastal Bend’s most anticipated events, Texas SandFest is April 14-16 in Port Aransas. At this combination beach party/art exhibition, sculptors turn beach sand into elaborate works of art, amateurs try their hand at sand sculpting, and spectators stroll the beach and admire the artwork.

What began as a local event in 1997 has evolved into the country’s largest native sand sculpture competition, drawing artists from across the country and beyond. Visitors attending all three days can view the creative process as the sculptures slowly take shape. In the past, artists have turned Port Aransas’ sand into Abraham Lincoln, elaborately designed castles, and sea creatures of all kinds.

Come to Texas SandFest for the unique art, but stay for the other attractions. Live music fills the air all weekend with singer-songwriter Cory Morrow playing the closing set on Sunday evening. Food stands offer a taste of local cuisine, and beer and wine tents quench your thirst and offer respite from the Texas sun. Kiddos can fight off boredom on an inflatable slide or at the face painting booth. All in all, it’s more than just a day at the beach.


  • SandFest is held at Port Aransas Beach. For parking and shuttle information, go to
  • Three-day wristbands are available at the gate ($30 ages 13 and up, $5 children 6-12). One-day wristbands are not available.
  • SandFest is a cash-only event. ATMs are available on the grounds.
  • Guests may bring folding chairs, but pop-up tents and shelters are not allowed.
  • Dogs are allowed but must be on leashes, and guests must pick up after their canine companions.
  • Be aware of the elements, stay hydrated, and bring sunscreen.
  • Patrons can bring in water but not ice chests or alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are available at the event.
  • For a schedule of events, visit

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