Texas SandFest is October 15–17, 2021

Texas SandFest is one of the largest native-sand sculpture competitions in the USA. What began as a small local competition in 1997 has grown into an internationally recognized three-day family event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year to Port Aransas. Texas SandFest attendees enjoy amazing sand sculptures, food, live music, kids’ activities, and shopping for arts & crafts, apparel, jewelry, furniture, souvenirs, and more. 

This year, SandFest will be held October 15–17, 2021. Make your plans now before things sell out!


Where to Stay

Port A offers a large variety of accommodations. Whether you prefer a cozy beach cottage, conventional motel room, luxury condominium, or the privacy of your own beach house, the island offers coastal digs to fit your needs. In addition, there are numerous hotels, vacation rentals, and a great selection of RV parks and campgrounds for those who prefer to sleep under the stars.

Narrow your search by category to see more options and amenities, such as pet-friendly accommodations or those with a boardwalk to the beach.


Directions to SandFest

SandFest is on the beach between mile markers 9 and 13. For more detailed directions and help on how to get to Port A, click here.


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Restaurants from fine dining to casual fare will satisfy every palate. Explore the burgeoning foodie town of Port A, or enjoy the food and drink vendors on site at Texas SandFest.



Cruise around town or the beach on a colorful beach cart or bicycle and take in the Port A vibe. Make reservations soon because they will sell out!



Numerous shops, boutiques, and galleries appeal to the casual shopper and shopaholic alike. Browse for unique home decor, island inspired fashions, and souvenirs that bring lasting memories of Port Aransas & Mustang Island.



The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Discover the thriving nightlife, theatre, and live music scene of Port A Live.


The 2022 event will be April 8–10, 2022. For more Texas SandFest details, visit texassandfest.org/.

Where can you see a haunting rendition of Abraham Lincoln just yards down from a larger-than-life gorilla, which also happens to be near a Tex-ified Hindu god? Oh, and they’re all made of sand? The answer is only in Port Aransas, and only during the weekend of the Port Aransas SandFest.

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a local who wants to get involved? Volunteer registration for the 2021 Texas SandFest is now open. Apply here.