2016 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival Coming to Siesta Key Beach

Sarasota, FL, June 11, 2016 - This November 11th-15th, twenty-four of the world's preeminent master sand sculptors will be competing in the Siesta Key Crystal Classic. Now in its 7th year, this popular visual and cultural arts festival has hosted over 200,000 attendees on our #1 beach!

In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the five day event), the master sculptors will create sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. These renowned artists will produce spectacular, ephemeral works of art from just sand and water.

And it's more than just sand...the festival also features live music all weekend, a large shopping village, and a variety of food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three day "Quick Sand" speed sculpting competition, sand sculpting lessons, an amateur competition, and new this year – The Learning Curve – an educational and fun activity area for kids.

Parking will be easy for guests who chose the off-site shuttle service offered through SCAT, routes 10 & 11. A Mobi-Mat on the sand for easier walking on Tuesday, Nov. 15th.

Information regarding the 2016 event schedule, ticket options and parking passes can be found on the website: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

The production of this year's festival is a partnership between the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Mote Marine Laboratory.

Founded in 2010, The Crystal Classic is a collaborative community event that supports the cultural arts and celebrates beautiful Siesta Key Beach. It is the result of discussions between master sand sculptor and Siesta Key resident Brian Wiglesworth and representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Mote Marine Laboratory and Visit Sarasota County.

For information about Siesta Key Crystal Classic partnership or vendor opportunities, please contact Ann Frescura at the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce – 941-349-3800; email siestakeycrystalclassic@gmail.com; or visit www.SiestaKeyCrystalClassic.com. For video, please visit the Siesta Key Crystal Classic YouTube channel.

For more information about Mote Marine Laboratory please visit www.mote.org or contact Kaitlyn Fusco, Public Relations Manager, at 941-388-4441, ext. 417; Cell: 941-302-4997; or kfusco@mote.org.

Siesta Key Village featured in "25 Best Things to Do in Sarasota, Florida"

Not far from downtown Sarasota, the small island of Siesta Key sits on the gleaming Gulf of Mexico and boasts one of the best beaches in the country.

In the heart of this quirky, fun island is Siesta Key Village, a colorful, lively village near the beach that is full of restaurants, shops, bars, spas, ice cream parlors, and much more.

The village is all about shops, parties, and fun, and its festive atmosphere is just perfect for barhopping. The village really gets busy during the many festivals it hosts, so if you can, time your visit with one of them. The Siesta Fiesta is one of the more popular events. Check the nightlife as well; there is something for everyone.

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Craft Fair and Siesta Fiesta Dates Set for 2016

Craft Fair Date Set

The Siesta Key Village Association has announced the 2016 dates for the popular Craft Fair that kicks off the busiest time on the island in Season. The fair will take place February 27 and 28. Howard Allen will continue to host the Craft Fair.

Siesta Fiesta 2016

Siesta Fiesta will continue for 2016, with a small modification to address the problem the village businesses encountered in the past during this event.

Businesses complained that signs announcing Ocean Blvd. was closed were posted before entering the Village deterring customers from patronizing their establishments.

Ocean Blvd. will not be closed for the 2016 events was the case in previous years. Instead, booths will be set up on the sidewalks similar to the February Craft Fair to allow traffic to pass through. The dates set for next year are April 9 and 10. Howard Allen will also continue to host the event.

Siesta Key Beach #1 By Trip Advisor Travelers!

In addition to the #1 Beach designation, Siesta Key recently received the #1 Beach House Destination award through TripAdvisor.

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