When you think about Texas, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is cowboys and country music. But Texas is so much more than that! Texas also hosts the legendary Texas SandFest which is the biggest Native Sand Sculpture Competition in the USA. Run totally by volunteers, the three-day fest draws renowned sculptors, sand artists and countless guests from around the world to Port Aransas. This year, the Texas SandFest is set to happen on April 26-28.
What to expect?
Head to the Texas SandFest if you want to marvel at the best sandcastles in the world created by world-class sand sculptors from across the world. Besides astounding sand sculptures, you can also jam all weekend thanks to music performances by renowned music artists at the festival. Both adults and kids enjoy alike at the SandFest, which makes it a wonderful family getaway!
And that’s not it, the SandFest also features a special beer and wine garden to keep you cool. If you are an art lover or an aspiring sculptor or sand artist, you can learn the art of moulding and sculpting from renowned artists. Sand artists prefer sculpting at Mustang beach because of the fine texture and flat shape of the sand grains. This helps retain the surface tension necessary for artistic creations to stick together like they have been glued. Of course, most sand artists also spray real glue mixed with water to keep the lines and angles of their sculptures sharp.
Each year the SandFest has a different theme. However, the underlying message/mission for the event always remains the same: “Texas Sandfest Gives Back.” Proceeds from the event are sent for charitable purposes such as providing scholarships for high school seniors. The SandFest organizers also provide a handy map that will help you locate the amateur and professional sculptor areas at the beach along with the beer garden, food, vendors, children’s play area, music and golf cart shuttle to get you around.
How to get there?
Book your flight tickets to Corpus Christi International Airport which is the closest major airport to Aransas. Once you are in Aransas, the best way to reach the Sandfest is by parking at Robert’s Point Park and taking the free Regional Transit Authority shuttle bus. It will drop you off at the heart of the event and get to the best sculptures and vendors. Alternatively, you can also park in the lot at the intersection of Access Road A and Gracie’s Way and walk towards the beach. The SandFest event unfolds from beach mile markers 9-13.
How much does it cost?
Tickets are $10 for adults and can be used for all three days of the festival. Entry is free for kids 12 and younger.
Important things to remember before you head to SandFest
- SandFest timings are from 9 am – 6 pm.
- Parking is not free at the beach, the Permits cost $12
- Wear sunblock and drink plenty of water
- Make sure to ask for the SandFest map once you enter the venue
- Get Traveler’s Insurance – Travelling overseas is often laden with risks. A missed flight, a sudden illness or injury can derail your Texas SandFest trip and cause severe financial losses. By taking up a travel insurance policy, you can protect yourself against the financial risks of travel.
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