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Texas SandFest

Port Aransas is full of fun, sun, water, and sand for an ideal island getaway. There are plenty of 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 sandcastles with the kids. When you come to Port Aransas during the Texas SandFest, you’ll see amazing sand sculptures created by sand artists who never stopped playing in the sand. The 2023 festival is April 14-16, rain or shine.


Kids of all ages can try their hand at a sand sculpture. “Lesson Mountain” teaches you how to build your own sand castles. 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. The children’s area has complimentary face painting in a variety of styles sure to please your little ones. The Chick-fil-A “Herd” will be stampeding in on Saturday with bovine humor, photo ops, handing out mini plush cows, and more.

Live Performances

When you’re not marveling at the sand sculptures, take in some live music. Bands play all weekend long, presenting a variety of musical styles that will keep you dancing to the music all day and all night long.

Shopping & Dining

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

Tickets to Texas SandFest

The Texas SandFest is an event people of all ages can enjoy. Pay for your wristband at the gate (cash only) and received entrance for all three days of the festival. Age 13 to adult is $20, ages 6-12 is $5, and children five and under are free.

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Celebrate Sand in Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf for your next fishing excursion. We’re also close to many other attractions, shopping, and dining, and events, like Texas SandFest. Choose from one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms to fit your needs. 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. 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 retreat to Port Aransas!