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Port Aransas Tradition: Sandfest Port Aransas 

There’s no better way to beat the winter weather than by planning a family vacation to Port Aransas, TX. There are endless Port Aransas activities to please every family. But one of the most popular Port Aransas activities is visiting Sandfest Port Aransas. Our Silver Sands Vacation Rentals guests travel from near and far to attend this annual event. It’s never too late for planning your trip to Sandfest in Port Aransas! 

History of Sandfest in Port Aransas

The first Sandfest in Port Aransas dates back to 1997. Art Center for the Islands, today known as Port Aransas Art Center, organized the event with Sharon Schafer as the main director. A few years later, Sandfest Port Aransas turned into a three-day festival and added experienced sandcastle builder, Dee McElroy, to the team. Dee thought that if the event continued to grow, it would need to be categorized as a nonprofit organization. After talking to the Port Aransas Community Theatre board of directors, Dee recommended that Sandfest donates all profits to PACT. The community theatre board used Sandfest’s years of donations to build a new theatre. And in 2006, Sandfest Port Aransas decided to stand as their own nonprofit group.

Sandfest in Port Aransas

Sandfest Port Aransas welcomes visitors every year, rain or shine. Most guests attend Sandfest to watch the Sandcastle competitions. There are three categories to look forward to, including Master Solo Sculptors, Master Duo Sculptors, and Semi-Pro Sculptors. If you’re eager to put your sandcastle building skills to the test, sign up for the Amateur Competition

Similarly to the professional competitions, the Amateur Competition splits into age categories and solo/group categories. While the sandcastle competition is the most popular event, Sandfest Port Aransas offers several other child friendly activities every year, so no two experiences will be the same. Some of our favorite activities from past Sandfests include tasting local food vendors, listening to multiple bands, and browsing the many art vendors. 

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals

It’s never too early to reserve your vacation rental for Sandfest in Port Aransas. This family-friendly event attracts countless tourists every year, and our availability fills fast. Don’t miss out on your island retreat to Port Aransas and book your rental today! Talk to Silver Sand’s friendly staff at 361-749-2600, and we’ll find the vacation home of your dreams.