Are you Looking for an exciting springtime event?
The Texas Sandfest Festival in Port Aransas is just what you need!
This three-day festival in April celebrates sand sculpting, featuring works of art created by professional sculptors, amateur artists, and even family groups. With live music, beer and wine tastings, and delicious food, there’s something for everyone.
So, ready to pack your bags for the most awaited Sandfest weekend?
But before you embark on this one-of-a-kind event, remember to book your stay at the comfortable and welcoming Port Aransas vacation rental, The Mayan Princess.
With its prime location, you’ll be just minutes away from the festival and all the other attractions Port Aransas offers.
And to make your visit even more exciting, we’ve compiled a list of activities you can do to enjoy the Sandfest in Port Aransas.
Activities To-Do at the Sandfest 2023!
See the Mater at Work
The main attraction of the Texas Sandfest is the awe-inspiring sand sculptures created by talented artists. Watching the masters begin their creations is a must-see experience. The festival kicks off on Friday, allowing you to witness the sculptors start the foundation of their sand sculptures.
Each artist begins with a staked-off square plot and can add sand as needed. It’s impressive how they stack and pack the sand to create tall mounds, then spray it with water before carving. These sculptures are not like the typical sandcastles you may have seen before. They’re so extensive and detailed that it feels like you’re walking through a modern art gallery.
Until you realize you are actually in your bathing suit, holding a glass of cold beer. Now that’s what we call fun!
Capture Memories at Logo Mountain
Do you enjoy taking memorable photos to cherish for years to come? Then be sure to stop at the north end of the SandFest event to capture a shot of the massive mound of sand known as “logo mountain.” This mound is not just any ordinary hill of sand – it’s a work of art carved with sponsor logos by talented sculptors.
Take advantage of this incredible photo opportunity and snap a family picture to commemorate your SandFest weekend. Bring your best camera, channel your inner selfie pro, and pose with the beautiful flags in the background.
Trust us; your Instagram feed will thank you for it!
Create Your Own Sand Sculpture
The Texas Sandfest organizers have gone above and beyond to ensure everyone can have a blast at the festival. That’s why the sand sculpting competitions aren’t just for seasoned pros – there are competitions for semi-pros, amateurs, teens, and even younger kids.
And if you’re not up for competing, some master sculptors also offer sand sculpting lessons during the three days of the festival. By the end of it, you’ll be able to impress your friends with sandcastles that rival the ones you made as a kid.
So get ready to get your hands dirty and create your own sandcastle at Lesson Mountain. Who knows, your creation might be the show’s star!
And yes, do not forget to pack some sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect from the sun.
Chill Out and Jam to Live Music at SandFest
If you need a break from admiring the magnificent sand sculptures, there’s a great spot to chill out and unwind at the center of the event. Head to the large tent, nestled between the pro and amateur sand sculptors, to enjoy live music performances and relax in the cool shade.
This fun-filled atmosphere is perfect for all ages, so grab a cold drink and take a seat while you listen to the talented musicians. It’s the ideal way to take a break from the excitement of SandFest!
Satisfy Your Hunger at SandFest Food Trucks
When you’re wandering around the beach at SandFest, all that fresh air and sunshine can make you feel hungry. Luckily, there are plenty of food trucks to choose from when you need to refuel.
Whether you’re craving a juicy burger, a delicious barbecue sandwich, a soft pretzel, or a refreshing tropical fruit cup, there’s something for everyone. Just remember to bring cash so you can order your favorite foods without delay.
Capture Your Memories with Beach Selfies
When you’re at SandFest, you’ll want to take some photos to remember the stunning sand sculptures and your fun time on the beach. Remember to take a selfie or two with the ocean and sand sculptures in the background!
Be careful not to drop your phone in the sand or get it wet. And if you’re planning to keep your phone in your pocket, ensure it’s protected with a waterproof case.
Don’t forget to share your photos on social media and tag Texas SandFest! We can’t wait to see all the fun memories you create at this fantastic event.
Vote for Your Favorite Sand Sculpture
At Texas SandFest, you can vote for your favorite sand sculpture to win the People’s Choice award. Each sculptor has their sand plot, and you can vote for your favorite by putting money into their donation box. The sculpture with the most donations at the end of the festival wins the award!
So be sure to check out all the unique sand sculptures and support your favorite artists by voting for their creations.
Witness the Sculpting Magic
The transformation of a pile of sand into a spectacular work of art is nothing short of a miracle. The sculptors at SandFest work tirelessly from Friday to Sunday to create breathtaking masterpieces out of the sand. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the incredible level of detail in each sculpture.
Check out the finished creations on Sunday afternoon before leaving. They’re sure to take your breath away
Take Home a Piece of SandFest
As your time at SandFest draws to a close, take advantage of the opportunity to bring home some souvenirs to commemorate your experience. Various SandFest-themed memorabilia are available, including pins, T-shirts, beach towels, hats, and more. You can find items with logos from past events or the current year’s festival.
These souvenirs make great gifts for family and friends who couldn’t attend the festival or are simply a fun way to remember your time spent on the beach, creating sandcastles and enjoying the festivities.
So be sure to stop by the souvenir booth to take home a little piece of SandFest with you!
Port Aransas Vacation Rentals: Your Ultimate Home Away from Home!
As the Texas Sandfest ends each year, visitors are left with a lingering feeling of excitement and a longing to stay just a little longer.
That’s how much fun this three-day festival can be!
And with your stay at The Mayan Princess vacation rentals Port Aransas, you won’t have to leave the comfort of home behind. Our luxurious amenities and spacious suites will ensure you have everything you need for an unforgettable beach stay.
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