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The Siesta Key Crystal Classic brings 30,000 to 50,000 visitors to Siesta Key each year.
Sarasota Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 4 years ago

WEEKEND BEST BETS: Chalk Festival and Crystal Classic

by: Harriet Sokmensuer Community Editor

This weekend two of Sarasota’s most creative events are happening: the Siesta Key Crystal Classic and the Sarasota Chalk Festival. Each year these two events leave us inspired and in awe. When it came down to deciding which to attend, we decided both were not to be missed.

2013 Sarasota Chalk Festival
The 2013 Sarasota Chalk Festival runs until Monday Nov. 18. The festival has taken over Pineapple Avenue and includes two divisions: a professional artists section and one for aspiring artists. This year’s festival celebrates the theme “Legacy of Valor” and features 500 artists. International and local artists have come together for the six-day festival to honor veterans and inspire patriotism. The festival showcases all degrees of chalk artists — from beginners, such as the children’s chalk block, to the experienced 3-D professional artists.

If you go:
Where: Pineapple Avenue, Downtown Sarasota
Cost: Free admission. Donations are requested and benefit the 501(c)(3) Avenida de Colores, a cultural arts nonprofit.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. is professional pavement, 
For the schedule and more information, visit

Siesta Key Crystal Classic
The Crystal Classic returns to Siesta Beach this weekend with twenty of the world’s top sand sculptors. The three-day event will include live music, and an amateur contest. Construction begins Friday at noon and winners are announced Sunday afternoon. Throughout the weekend, guests can observe the artists at work or join in on a sand sculpting demonstration. For those looking for some speed, two master sculptors will compete against each other, and the clock, in a quick sand contest.

If you go:
Where: 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
Cost: $5 per day
Hours: Runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 through Monday. Nov. 18
For more information, go to


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