Sugar Sand Festival Taps Into Clearwater Beach’s Hollywood Acclaim

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:56pm

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (April 4, 2014) - Just months before the area's own Dolphin Tale 2 hits the big screen, Clearwater Beach is celebrating its second annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival with a Hollywood twist. The 10-day event kicks off today.

More than a 1,000 tons of sand has been whipped into a variety of Hollywood-themed creations, like Ron Burgundy from Anchorman and a tribute to the classic Star Wars, inside of a 15,000 square-foot tent (3,000-square feet larger than last year). It all creates an artistic walk-through display.

"The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is a beach-wide celebration that pays tribute to one of our most valuable natural assets, our world-famous sugar white sand," said event organizer Lisa Chandler.

In addition to the tented sand exhibit ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors and military; $4 for students 6-17, kids under 5 free), there are a variety of free activities in concert, including a master sand sculpting competition, sculpting clinics for visitors, a beach egg hunt on Easter and the Camp Hyatt Sandbox for kids. A new addition this year is the Frenchy's Sand Bar, which serves beer and wine.

For a complete list of events and event schedules, please visit The event, which is produced by Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival and The City of Clearwater, will be open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.