Treasure Island Sanding Ovations

By Published On: November 15th, 2022

Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpture Festival

Published on 11/15/22: Who knows Sanding Ovations in Treasure Island? This is the ‘Top Gun’ of sand sculpture competitions, with the best of the best sculptors converging in Treasure Island this Thursday thru Sunday, Nov 17th-20th. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time”, featuring incredible sand sculptures that “will transform you into a land of storybook fantasies”. There’s no entry fee to this event!

Even more than incredible sand sculptures!

This all takes place on a beautiful beach, with many food and drink vendors, bands, fireworks, arts and crafts for sale, plus restaurants and beach bars nearby. So even if someone in your group isn’t into huge sand sculptures, I’m fairly certain they’ll still be good. Plus, like I say, there’s no entry fee to the event, it’s free! #NoRegerts #NotEvenOneLetter

As the organizers share reminders about this week’s event, I’m enjoying personal memories from Nov 2020. Back in crazy 2020, this was one of our first “adventures” on LovingStPete! Colt and I headed to Treasure Island, ate lots of food, listened to live music, and pondered how in the world these ‘guest room size’ sandcastles are built! No way around it, they’re impressive.

Bands, Food, Drinks, Kites, Arts and Crafts

This particular event can’t be much more “Florida”. Colt and I even enjoyed flying kites on our visit, with affordable kites sold onsite by Windworks of Madeira Beach. We paid our $12-$15 and enjoyed 45 minutes of easy flying in the tropical breezes. Believe we actually made it home with our kite, not so lucky on one other outing. Colt was 6 and there were lots of tears. While I’m a “you fell, rub dirt on it, keep going” dad, I felt really bad for him. He was a mess and I couldn’t do anything as he watched it sail into the wild blue yonder. Hold on tight!

Parking and FAQ for 2022

For full details, parking, and FAQ’s, visit Sanding Ovations’ website below. Direct link is to the “parking” page, as imo that might be the trickiest aspect of this adventure, though it’s not so bad. I also included pics of the maps and parking situation. We parked about 2 blocks from the Thunderbird Hotel on our trip, worked out great.

Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup – Treasure Islands Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival (

Sanding Ovations

Google Reviews: 36 with a 4.8/5 Average

Address: 10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL

Phone: 727-547-4575 ext 237

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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