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Get Your Toes in the Sand at Clearwater Beach’s Sugar Sand Festival!

It’s time to venture out of Tampa Bay and explore what Clearwater Beach has to offer April 14-23! The annual Sugar Sand Festival is back and better than ever! This quintessential Floridian event is perfect for all ages.

During this fun-filled week, there will be events going on every day, so you won’t want to miss out! There’ll be a GIANT sandbox for the little ones to make their own sand creations in that will rival the master sand sculptors also present in the event. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll love the water slides, bounce houses, and aqua balls too! The Sugar Sand Exhibit will feature awe-inspiring landmarks made completely out of sand and you can even take a sand sculpting class to get as good as the greats! Plus the Speed Sand Demonstration and Sugar Sand Corn-hole Tournament will sure to get the blood pumping. After a day of fun in the sun, stick around for the spectacular fireworks show!


What’s a festival without some sweet tunes? Performers like Tobacco Rd Band, The Black Honkeys, and Reverend Barry and the Funktastic Soul are gracing the stage along with the Kenny Chesney tribute band, Pirate Flag! There won’t just be musical entertainment at the festival, street performers like Wacky Chad and Nicolas Tweedy will have crowds oohing and ahh-ing daily!

Sunset Cinema

Ah, sunset: the best time to wind down, snuggle on a blanket, and watch beach-themed movies! Films like Dolphin Tale, Finding Dory, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Moana will have the kids wanting to jump back in the water! But watch out: they’ll be playing Jaws too and we all know what a shark’s favorite Pixar movie is…Eating Nemo.

College Corn-hole Night

Think you’ve got what it takes to become the Corn-hole Champion? Have a go at the tournament on April 20th! Tickets are only $10 per player and include a complimentary bar ticket. Prizes include bar tabs, gift cards, and philanthropy donations!

Speed Sand Demonstrations

 Make sure to stop by this interactive event within the festival! Crowd participants will be asked to write down potential sand sculpture ideas and the sculptors only have 10 minutes to create something spectacular!

Master Sand Sculpting Competition

All week, guests will be able to vote on their favorite sand sculptures created by 7 master sculptors. Votes are made by donating any amount to your favorite masterpiece and whoever raises the most money gets a $6,000 cash prize! All proceeds are donated to the Sandy Lane Elementary School.

VIP Lounge Experience

No festival is complete without the option for VIP! With this exclusive ticket, you will have access to a tented bar area, private air-conditioned restrooms, lounge seating, a live DJ, and admission to the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit! PLUS you get a Shepherd’s 40th anniversary T-shirt and swag bag, a complimentary beer/wine ticket, and admission to Shepherd’s Wave Nightclub. What else could you ask for?

How much is it to view the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit?

  • Adults: $10
  • Students (6-17 years old): $6
  • 55+, military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and teachers: $8
  • Kids under 5: Free

What does my ticket include?

Tickets include entry and all-day access to the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit and one complimentary souvenir photo.

Make sure to visit their website for a day-by-day schedule of all events and to purchase tickets.


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