Texas Sandfest 2016


Get excited! The holidays are over so now is the time to start planning your spring break and summer 2016 trips. One of the best times to visit Port Aransas is during the off season but second best would be the weekend of Sandfest!

Texas Sandfest started in 1997 as just a normal beach day with kids creating whatever they wanted out of sand. Within a few years, Sandfest became an organized three day event that raised money for the Port Aransas Community Theatre. The event quickly grew to thousands of attendees which in turn allowed the PACT to build a brand new theatre. In early 2006, Dee McElroy (one of the early years planners) approached PACT to request release of the festival so Sandfest could work as a stand alone event and non-profit to contribute fundraising to a variety of Port A causes. McElroy was successful in her efforts and Texas Sandfest is now its own 501(c) non profit. In 2014, Texas Sandfest raised over $80,000 to give back to the community of Port Aransas.


Texas Sandfest 2016 is April 29 through May 1. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE. The Sandfest website announced this year’s live entertainment as Clarissa Serna and Amber Carrington from The Voice.

So what exactly is Sandfest you might ask? Well head down there this April and you’ll find the “masters” competing, amateur contests for builders of any age, Lesson Mountain and a whole bunch of awesome sand castles.  You can follow the event on Facebook for more information.


If you’re thinking about attending Texas Sandfest why not stay with us in one of our homes? You can find Bella Vida  and Sea La Vista here or here. We have just built two of the newest beach house rentals in Port Aransas. We are the closest beach rentals to Schlitterbahn while still being conveniently located on the beautiful beaches of Port Aransas.

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