If you're visiting Mustang Island near Houston this April, you will experience much more than some well deserved days of beach and sun. You will witness tons of incredible artists creating breathtaking sandcastles at a massive 3-day Texas sand festival in Port Aransas. Ready for some sandy fun? 

The Texas SandFest 2020 is coming back April 17-19. The event is considered the largest Native-Sand Sculpture Competition in the USA and it is going to be downright epic.

Artists from all over the world, both amateurs and professionals, will be competing with their insane works of art to amuse you. Make sure to take some pics to capture their beauty forever. 

Besides the sandcastles, you'll enjoy fair-style food, live music, rides, kid's activities, vendors, and lots of fun in the sun. The fest is meant to entertain all the attendees but also to give back to the community. The event raises funds every year for a variety of local charities and scholarships for high school students, and 2020 will not be the exception.

If you plan to spend the whole weekend in Port Aransas, there will be plenty of housing options, including RV parking & camping, so don't hesitate. 

Tickets for the fest are only $15 per adult.

Festival-goers will be able to purchase wristbands for the Texas Sandfest at the entrance gates only. They will not be available for purchase in advance. Adults must pay $15 for the wristbands and they are good for all three days of SandFest. The purchase is cash only.

Children pay only $5, and kids 5 & under can enter the festival for free.

The sandcastle competition will be the main course of the event, so if you feel that you got what it takes to take home a prize, you can register in the amateur competition here. The registration will begin in early 2020. You can also simply stroll and enjoy the creations, no pressure. 

This is an outdoor event that is right on the beach so it will happen rain or shine. Grab your sunscreen, shades, some comfy shoes, and clothes, your bathing suit (of course) and get ready to enjoy it all.

The market will be having an array of unique items you can take home with you, such as beachwear, jewelry, minerals, hippie goodies, furniture, decor pieces, fishing apparel, and even pet treats. 

To eat, they'll have concessions close to the beach serving all-time favorites like shaved ice, turkey legs, funnel cakes, and corn dogs. Refresh yourself with sodas, water, or a cold fresh-squeezed lemonade.

If you love rides, they will have two different ones at the fest, the Hippo Slide and the Trampoline Bungee.

The live entertainment lineup is yet TBA. 

If you want to spend the weekend out on the Texas beach, the festival can recommend accommodations within walking distance from the grounds of the fest, you can check them out here.

They also have everything you need to know about parking and transportation here

Get ready to soak up the sun while having an unforgettable experience getting close to some magnificent art pieces at this sand "gallery" right on the beach. 

Texas SandFest 2020

Price: $15

When: April 17-19, 2020

Address: 2906 On the BCH, Port Aransas, Texas

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy a sandcastle contest, rides, fantastic food and beverages, live entertainment, and much more at Port Aransas on Mustang Island.