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Port Aransas is full of fun, sun, water, and plenty of sand – enough to sculpt giant works of sand art – for an ideal island getaway. There are plenty of other beach activities to choose from. Splash around in the waves of the Gulf, go parasailing or jet skiing, or lounge on the sand and sunbathe. Take a walk on the beach or build your own sandcastles with inspiration from the amazing sand sculptures at Texas SandFest in Port Aransas, created by sand artists who never stopped playing in the sand. The 2023 festival starts today April 14-16, rain or shine.


Kids of all ages can try their hand at a sand sculpture. Go from building a sandcastle with a bucket and shovel on your way to building the beautiful sculptures you see along the beach. “Lesson Mountain” teaches you how to build your own magnificent sandcastles. Experts volunteer their time and talent to give you tips and tricks on building your own sandy works of art. All materials are provided, and Lesson Mountain is open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. during Sandfest. The children’s area has complimentary face painting in a variety of styles sure to please our youngest guests. The Chick-fil-A “Herd” will be stampeding in on Saturday with bovine humor, photo ops, mini plush cows, and more.

Live Performances

When you’re not marveling at the sand sculptures or getting tips at Lesson Mountain, take in some live music. Bands like the Wilder Blue, Texas String Assembly, along with artists including Rich Lockhart, Mark Powell, and others play all weekend long, presenting a variety of musical styles that will keep you dancing to the music throughout the day.

Shopping & Dining

SandFest is about more than sand. Enjoy food, as well as shopping for apparel, arts and crafts, beauty products, jewelry, and more. You’re bound to find a souvenir to take home to remember the special trip. You can also stock up on Texas SandFest merchandise, including t-shirts, tank tops, hats, insulated tumblers, and can koozies.


SandFest is an event where visitors of all ages can enjoy ordering tickets online on the Texas Sandfest website or you can pay for your wristband at the gate (cash only) and receive entrance for all three days of the festival. Ages 13 to adult are $30, ages 6-12 are $5, and children five and under are free. No single-day tickets.


The sculptures you’ll see along the beach are so intricate and detailed that you’d think everyone was a professional. You’ll be surprised to know that there are four divisions of sculptors at SandFest. Sculptures are presented by amateurs, master duo or solo sculptors, and semi-pro sculptors. Some of these sculptors do double duty as sculptor coordinators, keeping the competitions organized.


You may think an event that takes place on the sand may be inaccessible, but you’d be wrong. Accessible parking for cars with valid state-issued placards or license plates is available in the north SandFest parking lot and is available on a first-come/first-served basis. You’ll also find wheelchair-accessible portable toilets. There’s access to wheelchairs and motorized scooters, and you can reserve a special beach wheelchair for one hour from the first aid tent when available.


If you treat your pet to a relaxing vacation in Port A along with you, you don’t have to leave your pup at your accommodations while you visit SandFest. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed at the festival. The dog must remain on the leash the whole time, and you’re asked to please pick up after them with provided waste bags.

Golf Cart Raffle

If you ever consider buying your own investment property in Port A, one of the more fun things you can supply for your own renters is a golf cart. You can enter the raffle for an EZ-GO Express L6 model cart. You or your guests can cruise the neighborhoods or beaches in the cart that features 14” custom wheels, a custom aluminum canopy with matching canvas, a Kicker four-speaker stereo, Port A Coastal Package, custom premium seats, and a two-year warranty. You don’t need to be present to win, but the raffle drawing will take place 3-5 p.m. on April 16, 2023 at the Music Venue.

Celebrate Sand in Port A

When you stay in a vacation condo in Port A provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf as well as the fun and excitement of Texas SandFest in Port Aransas. We’re also close to many other attractions, shopping, dining, and events that will make your island vacation one to remember for more than just sand. Choose from one-bedroom units up to three-bedroom beachfront condos so all your loved ones can enjoy Texas SandFest along with you. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the community pool rather than the ocean. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your Texas SandFest adventure in Port A!



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