About Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest is a 501c(3) nonprofit that operates under a board of directors. 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.

You'll want to plan a trip and stay awhile for this flagship festival. Attendees stroll through the festival enjoying mind-blowing sand sculptures, bopping their heads to live music, and getting a taste of the coast from local food vendors. Adults can stop for a drink at the beer garden before letting their kids learn at “Lesson Mountain,” or to hydrate before hitting up vendors for arts and crafts, apparel, jewelry, furniture, souvenirs, and more.

The Masters’ Gallery is where the competition sculptures are created. Magnificent works of art, created over three days out of literal tons of sand, can be found within this area. Sculptors work as solos or as teams of two, and most begin planning their sculpture weeks, even months, before the event to determine use of forms and what tools are needed. Other sculptors let the sand speak to them and create their art from inspiration of the moment. Regardless of method, watching over the course of the festival as these artists coax beauty from a pile of sand will take your breath away.

Meet The Board

Meet the board members who make sure Texas SandFest is the magical expereience it is, year after year.


Texas SandFest has been around for nearly 30 years, bringing art to life out of sand and giving back to the Port Aransas community.


The Texas SandFest Mission

The mission of Texas SandFest is to give back to the community by raising funds for local nonprofit organizations and scholarships. SandFest proudly donates to the following organizations:

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Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School

Helping Hands Food Pantry

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Port Aransas EMS

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Bikers Against Child Abuse

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Friends of the Ellis Memorial Library

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Animal Friends of Port Aransas

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