Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival brings world-class sculptors to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Featuring 1,000 tons of sand and 11 world-class sculptors, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival begins Friday on Clearwater Beach! 

This 10-day celebration will transform America’s No. 1 Beach into an artistic paradise April 13-22. 

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Stroll through a 21,000 square-foot tent filled with sand-sculpted art crafted using Clearwater’s internationally famous sugar sand. This ticketed exhibit can only be seen once a year, and no two years are alike.

This year's theme is Sea America: A Celebration of America's Treasures. Admission to the sculpture exhibit will be $10 for adults, $6 students ages 6 to 17 years old, and $8 for those 55 and older. Children 5 and under get in free. 

You can also head to the beach for tons of free activities for all ages, including a children’s play area, street performers, artisans, crafters, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations and the master sand sculpting competition.

The event will also showcase delicious food, cold beverages and much more. 

Story: Volunteers needed for Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater

New this year will be the Daystar VIP Lounge where visitors will be able to enjoy the Pier 60 festival in style with a swanky experience. VIP access gets you into the tented bar area with private air-conditioned restrooms, lounge seating, light snacks, tasty appetizers and the best view of the concert stage and Clearwater Beach’s famous sunsets. Ticket for this VIP experience is $50. 

Volunteers are still needed! If you're interested, click here. 

Remember, these aren’t sandcastles — they’re premiere works of art. Don’t forget your camera!

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