The Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The Fifth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic is scheduled for November 14 – 18, 2014 on Siesta Beach. Recently named America's #1 Beach it has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed in the past three years. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand,  sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were "carved in marble." The Siesta Key Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

Founded in 2010, the Crystal Classic has quickly become a local tradition and a draw for visitors from outside Sarasota County, which account for over 50% of the 35,000+ attendees.

Master sculptors spend three days creating sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. Visitors enter the Sand Sculpture Gallery and immediately notice the Sponsor Logo Sculpture and are fascinated by it size and the number of community organizations and local businesses that support the event.  Visitors arriving on Friday have the opportunity to see the beginning stages of the sculptures and enjoy guessing what the pile of sand will look after the sculptor completes the transformation.

The competition phase of the Crystal Classic ends on Sunday at noon leaving the remainder of the day, Monday and new this year, Tuesday too, for visitors to view completed sculptors before they are cleared away on Wednesday morning.

In a community well known for its beaches and its cultural offerings, the organizers of the Crystal Classic have discovered a way to combine the two for the benefit of the Siesta Key and Sarasota communities.

Event Details

Fri, 11/14/2014 (All day) to Tue, 11/18/2014 (All day)


Master Sand Sculptures
Food & Beverages
Live Music
Proceeds Benefit MOTE MARINE

Location Details:

948 Beach Road
Siesta Key