Since 1998, the festival has run a full seven nights a week. The concept was dreamt by Lisa Chandler, who was a local business owner in Clearwater Beach.
In 2013, Clearwater Beach became the official host of the event. The amazing Gulf of Mexico sunsets are the perfect backdrop for the Sugar Sand Festival.
The festival a great way to enjoy local places to eat, drink, play and stay, but it also acts as a fundraiser for local education initiatives.
Details | Sugar Sand Festival
Sugar Sand Festival 2019 runs from April 12th – 28th, open daily from 10 am. There are many Clearwater Beach events that visitors can enjoy. Most of these are free including a children’s play area, live entertainment, fireworks and local street performers.
Within the 21,000 square foot tent, visitors can view the works of art created by the sand sculptors.
- General Admission Ages 11+ ($10)
- Child Ages 4 – 10 ($8)
- Child 3 and under Free (with paid adult ticket)
The $10 tickets include a complimentary souvenir photograph at the event.
- Baystar VIP Tickets ($50)
Your Baystar VIP Ticket Includes:
- (1) Fast Lane entrance and ticket admission to the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit
- (1) Complimentary souvenir photo
- (1) Admission to the Baystar VIP Lounge
- (3) Beer or wine beverages
- (2) Soda or bottled water beverages
- (1) Official festival t-shirt
- Warm assorted appetizers from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
- Access to air conditioned VIP restrooms
Tickets can be purchased for Sugar Sand Festival 2019 at this link
Places to Eat Local | Sugar Sand Festival
Bad Fins Bar + Brew
Bad Fins offers a delicious selection of seafood treats, including local crab and grouper and a choice of different fish tacos. There is also a kid’s menu for the younger diners and all the sumptuous treats can be washed down with a selection of soft drinks and cocktails.
Eat local at Crabby’s while watching the activity on the beach as you dine. Crabby’s has been offering delicious seafood and tasty appetizers on Clearwater Beach for over twenty years, so take the time to enjoy the panoramic views and relax in the friendly atmosphere.
Spotted Donkey Cantina
The Spotted Donkey serves top rated Mexican food on Mandalay Avenue, just a hop away from Clearwater Beach. The fajitas are legendary and there is a selection of beers, drinks and vegetarian options.
Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe
Frenchy’s is a perfect way to eat locally for families and groups, as it offers open-air dining and an extensive menu in a laid back atmosphere. Try the octopus, buffalo shrimp or the famous Grouper Reuben Sandwich. You can’t miss the colorful sight of Frenchy’s on Poinsettia Avenue.
Cooters Clearwater Beach is the perfect way to eat local seafood in an “Old Florida” atmosphere. Try the best grouper sandwich, a burger or a crunchy salad. Let the little ones enjoy a kid’s meal which comes with a free Cooters frisbee!
Places to Drink Local | Sugar Sand Festival
Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest Bar
What could be a better location to drink local than at Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest bar which offers a stunning view of Clearwater Beach and an extensive menu of drinks? You can even enjoy $4 drinks during Jimmy’s Happy Hour. Make sure you don’t miss that!
Surfside Tap House
Surfside Tap Bar is a beachside bar which offers snacks and drinks in a friendly, buzzy atmosphere, the perfect way to drink local beers and cocktails and relax after a “long hard day” at the Sugar Sand Festival. You will have every excuse to stay for an extended visit as the live music and events will keep you entertained most evenings.
Sharky’s Beach Bar
Sharky’s offers visitors and locals the chance to enjoy drinks in a beachfront location. Customers can drink locally inspired drinks, based on nautical themes, such as the Shark Colada and the Shark Attack which comes with a free souvenir cup!
Jimmy’s Fish House and Iguana Bar
Enjoy the atmosphere of a beach party at Jimmy’s Fish House and Iguana Bar, the perfect location to see the famous sunsets of Florida’s Sun Coast. Enjoy some great beach inspired meals while enjoying a relaxing beachfront setting.
Tommy’s Tiki Bar
This beach-based bar is the only tiki bar on the sand in Clearwater Beach. Set on the grounds of the Hilton Hotel, it is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Sun Coast experience while relaxing with your favorite drink to people watch and enjoy the ocean life. The Tiki Bar is a prime spot to view the famous Clearwater Beach sunsets in a relaxing, no-stress atmosphere.
Stay Local | Sugar Sand Festival
If you are visiting Sugar Sand Festival 2019, you may want to extend your visit and stay in one of the wonderful hotels in Clearwater Beach. Here are a few popular spots…
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect location to stay locally in Clearwater Beach. The resort is set on ten acres of beach and you will not need to even move from your sun lounger as food and drink are served right up to the water’s edge. You can enjoy a drink at the Tiki Bar on the sand or relax on the boarded terraces overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Many rooms have ocean views and thanks to a recent renovation, the rooms and pools are in tip-top condition. When you have exhausted yourself on the beach, take a trip to the Hibiscus Spa where you can recharge your batteries with a wide choice of treatments.
Sand Pearl Resort Clearwater Beach
The Sand Pearl Resort is a relaxed, luxurious way to stay local to Clearwater Beach. Rooms have every comfort you need after a day on the beach. There is a good selection of restaurants and eating options, including a grill and more formal dining options overlooking the ocean. For snacks, there are freshly baked pastries available and a Starbucks on site for a quick caffeine fix. You can take advantage of the on-site spa to indulge in a treatment or have a day of pampering with one of the spa day packages.
Pier House 60 Marina Hotel
This gorgeous hotel is across the road from the award-winning Clearwater Beach and offers beautiful views of the sand and sea. Rooms have every luxury, including specialty mattresses and bedding to ensure the most comfortable night’s sleep. You can take a dip in the pool, work out in the gym or enjoy a continental breakfast in the hotel lobby. Take advantage of the best views from the in house tenth-floor bar or enjoy tropical drinks in front of a fire table at Jimmy’s on the Edge.
East Shore Resort
If you want to be right next door to Clearwater Beach but want to have a more home away from home experience, the East Shore Resort is perfect. It offers self-catering units with built-in grills and all the amenities you need for a stress-free getaway or full vacation. Each unit has a private porch, a community pool and a dock swing from where you can watch the dolphins play in the bay.
This is a small selection of the numerous bars, restaurants, and hotels that are available on Clearwater Beach. Sun Coast inMotion has picked just a few locations to give you ideas, but you will find your own favorite spot when you visit Clearwater Beach for yourself.
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