Lions and Tigers and Sand Sculptures, Oh My!

The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Announces Its Return & Theme of 2022 Festival


CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival returns to bright and beautiful Clearwater Beach in the spring of 2022! Event organizers are thrilled to announce the festival’s return on April 8 to 24, 2022. From architectural masterpieces created from Clearwater’s famous sugar sand to concerts, performers and daily entertainment, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater is a fascinating event attracting visitors from around the world each year. The festival returns to Clearwater Beach in 2022 for its eighth and biggest year yet with the theme “SANDimals, An Animal Adventure.”


Due to the overwhelming success of previous Sugar Sand Festival events and the Easter holiday, this year’s festival will again stretch for 17 days. The dates will be April 8 to 24, 2022. This will allow people more time to check out the event, and also give those visiting for Easter a chance to see this incredible and affordable festival.


General admission to the sculpture exhibit will be $12 per person and free for children 3 years old and younger. Discounted tickets for military personnel, police officers, firefighters, teachers and healthcare workers can be purchased for $10 each on “Frontline Fridays,” which are April 8, 15 and 22. These discounted tickets will be available at the gate only with proper identification. All other tickets can be purchased online at beginning in December 2021.


Out of an abundance of caution and due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Event organizers are preparing a festival that is safe and fun for everyone. Safety guidelines will be announced closer to the event.


Each year, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival continues to grow in popularity and garner national attention. The event held in 2019 drew more than 200,000 visitors throughout its 17-day run. The festival has also received numerous awards and continues to attract visitors from around the world.


About the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival


Fourteen world-class artists craft elaborate sand sculptures from Clearwater’s internationally famous sugar sand. The works of art are on display in a 21,000-square-foot structure. More than 1,000 tons of Clearwater sand takes on a new life, bringing visitors on a “sandtastic” adventure. The  festival is a joint effort between Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, a 501(c)3 organization and the city of Clearwater.