Sand Sculpting Fest Treasure Island - Sanding Ovations

Treasure Islands 7th annual sand sculpting competition and festival. Featuring ten masters of sand sculpting. Sanding Ovations is a free event held on the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida, Treasure Island.



Nov 18-22 2015

8am-5:30pm Sculptors begin work today with the "pound-up," where tons of sand, combined with water, is molded into forms, which are then removed for the sculpting. At 7pm, join the sculptors at a meet 'n' greet at the Cystal Sands Ballroom at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard. $10 gets you everything: munchies from Sloppy Joe's and beer from Great Bay Distributors. Treasure Island singer-songwriter Scott Jogwick performs throughout the evening, featuring his original Sanding Ovations composition, "The Pound-Up Song."

8am-5:30pm Sculpting begins today. Most vendors set up today.

8am-5:30pm Sculpting
10am-10pm Vendors open
5:00pm - 6:00pm -- Sarasota Slim (Blues)
6:15pm - 7:30pm -- Bath Salt Zombies (Steampunk Americana)
8:00pm - 10:00pm -- Pirate Flag Band (Kenny Chesney Tribute Act)

8am-2pm Sculpting
10am-10pm Vendors open
Noon - 1:40pm -- Voices of Jazz (Big Band Jazz & Swing)
2:00pm - 2:40pm -- Green Bench Society (Kids doing Alternative Rock)
3:00pm - 4:15pm -- Motel Funk (Older kids doing Rock n Roll)
4:45pm - 6:00pm -- Smooth D & the Hunks (Dance & Funk)
2pm-6pm Voting for People's Choice Award
7pm Masters Cup Sand Sculpting Awards - Hosted by Event Organizer Meredith Corson
8:00pm - 10:00pm - The Rocket Man Show starring Rus Anderson as Elton John
10pm The Allied Insurance Fireworks Show - Go boom

10am-6pm Vendors open
Noon - 2:00pm -- WMNF Florida Folk Show with Pete Gallagher and the Florida Boys, Grant Peeples and Reina Collins Band 
2:00 - 3:00pm -- Ajeva (Funk)
3:15pm - 4:30pm -- Rev. Funky D & the New Diggz (Supergroup jam band)
4:45pm - 6pm -- Copious Jones (Dead-Floyd-Allmans-like original Southern mash)


  • Allied Specialty Insurance, 10451 Gulf Boulevard - $15 (Saturday & Sunday ONLY)
  • Community Center & TI Park, One Park Place @ 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard - $15
  • St. Petersburg Municipal Beach, Gulf Boulevard at 112th Avenue - metered parking
  • Gulf Front Park, 10400 Gulf Boulevard - metered parking

Park at Treasure Bay, 10315 Paradise Boulevard or park at Paradise Lutheran Church, 10255 Paradise Boulevard. They are both located just off the Treasure Island Causeway.

  • Saturday, 12noon until 11pm, and Sunday, 12noon until 7pm
  • $5 per vehicle for parking and shuttle