Don't Miss Sanding Ovations or Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival
America's best beaches is more than just great sand between the toes - it also means great sand sculptures on the beach! Sanding Ovations annual Master's Cup brings master sculptors from throughout the world to Treasure Island for a competition of the best of the best for som outSANDing works of art. The exhibition and competition has roots dating back to 1985, when Florida Governor Jeb Bush proclaimed Treasure Island as the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida. The annual event takes place every November.
Meanwhile in spring, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival features 17 days of fun, with more than 1,000 tons of sand in a 21,000 square-foot exhibit. The festival features a children's play area, street performers, artisans and weekend fireworks. You can even attend a sand-sculpting class!
Listen to the Music
Experience music weekly at concert halls and music venues such as Jannus Live, Bilmar Capital Theatre, Mahaffey Theatre and the Floridian Social Club. For a concert experience, listen to live jazz at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October, when internationally renowned musician's perform on the city's waterfront or the Reggae Rise Up festival in Vinoy Park during the spring. Don't forget about the original Tampa Bay Blues Festival, which also takes place at Vinoy Park in April.
Art in the Streets
St. Pete/Clearwater is itself a canvas for local and internationally-renowned artists to leave their mark and social commentary on the destination and world. Each year in the fall, The SHINE St. Pete Mural festival features a lineup of some of the worlds best muralists, who contribute over a dozen fresh art installations on the buildings of St. Pete.
Proud and We Show It
St Pete Pride Festival is a month (plus) long celebration each June since 2003. Events during the Pride festival include a beauty pageant, a kick-off party, a parade, a family day and many more. St Pete Pride is Florida's largest Pride celebration and ranked in the top 40 largest Pride celebrations in the world!