CLEARWATER, FL – The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival will close its doors to guests on Tuesday, April 19, from 2-3 p.m. to film a media segment.

Guests will be permitted access to the festival and sand sculpture exhibit before and after this temporary closure.

This is the last week of the festival, which runs until April 24. Hours of operation for the Sugar Sand Walk are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Peak festival days are Saturdays and Sundays, with weekdays and evenings being less crowded.


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In partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, this week’s activities include an Earth Day celebration. A family beach cleanup will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22 on Clearwater Beach. Stick around after the cleanup for live entertainment from The Black Honkeys, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Fourteen world-class artists have created elaborate sand sculptures from over 1,000 pounds of Clearwater’s internationally acclaimed sugar sand. The works of art are exhibited in a 21,000 square foot structure.

Based on this year’s theme, “An Animal Adventure”, the sculptures include larger-than-life fantastical bears, penguins, dragons and owls.

This year’s sculptors are Benjamin Probanza, Damon Farmer, Dan Belcher, Daryl Bowles, Dmitry Klimenko, Hanneke Supply, Karen Fralich, Kirk Rademaker, Mark Mason, Martijn Rijerse, Patrick Harsch, Raymond Wirick, Sue McGrew, Yuri Nyuknatov, Damon Meri , Dean Arscott, Joohang Tan, Larry Hudson, Melinage Beauregard and Steve Schomaker.

Presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and organized by the non-profit organization Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival and the City of Clearwater, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is the largest destination event on Clearwater Beach, attracting over 200,000 visitors.

In addition to being able to tour the larger-than-life sand menagerie, visitors will be treated to live concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, traveling performers, arts and crafts, a variety of food and drink, sand sculpture lessons, carnival rides. , corn hole tournaments, a giant sandpit where kids can create their own masterpieces, and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Upcoming entertainment on the Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill stage includes:

  • Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. — The Black Honkeys
  • Saturday April 23, 7:30 p.m. — TL Jentgens
  • Sunday, April 24, 6 p.m. — Stormbringer

Featured entertainment at Hooters Hangout includes:

  • Friday, April 22, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Infinite Tilt
  • Saturday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m. — Zack Bliss
  • Saturday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Jacob Davies
  • Sunday, April 24, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Chandler Nelms

Car park

Parking along Clearwater Beach is limited. Festival-goers are encouraged to use the free PSTA Park & ​​Ride trolley service to and from Clearwater Beach.

Park downtown for free every day of the week at the Old City Hall parking lot, 112 S. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, and Saturdays and Sundays (peak festival days) at the County Garage de Pinellas, 310 Court St., 450 Oak Parking Ave. and parking lot 311 S. Osceola Ave. Then, hop on the Jolley Trolley for your ride to and from the beach. For more details on the park and ride, click on here.

Tickets

General admission tickets are $12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. And military personnel, police officers, firefighters, teachers and healthcare workers can purchase discounted tickets for $10 onsite on Friday, April 22.

Baystar VIP lounge tickets are $70. The VIP lounge is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

VIP lounge tickets include:

For customer safety, this year’s festival will be 100% cashless and contactless. Payment methods accepted include all major credit cards, Google Pay and Apple Pay.