Dates Announced for the 2021 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

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Photo courtesy of Siesta Key Crystal Classic, presented in a collaborative partnership between the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and the Siesta Beach Festival, Inc.

After making the difficult decision to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID-19, The Siesta Key Chamber is excited to announce the dates for the 2021 festival!  This November 12-15th, twenty-four premier master sand sculptors will be competing for 1st place on Siesta Beach.  The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival now in its 11th year and has hosted over 300,000 attendees on the best beach in the USA!  In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four-day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an amazing outdoor art gallery. 

And it’s more than just sand...the festival also features live music throughout the event along with a large village of shopping and food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three-day “Quick Sand” competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur sculpting competition. The festival will be open Saturday night until 9 pm with live music by Fleetwood Max, The Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. A full live music line up will be announced in October. The party tent will be open and the sculptures will be lit through a fabulous light display.    

The free Siesta Key Breeze trolley runs daily from 8 am to 10 pm to and from Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach.  A mobile app is available to track the trolley in real-time.  Also, new transportation on and off Siesta Key is now available via Sarasota County’s OnDemand service.  Customers can request a ride via a mobile app, which is available in app stores for iPhone and Android devices, online at scgov.net/OnDemand, or by calling 941-300-1553.  OnDemand uses accessible minivans and operates similarly to today’s popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lift.  The OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers and take them to their destinations within the same zone.  

Visit siestakeycrystalclassic.com for information regarding the 2021 event schedule. Advance tickets and parking passes are on sale now.  Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.  

Photo courtesy of Siesta Key Crystal Classic, presented in a collaborative partnership between the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and the Siesta Beach Festival, Inc.

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