Big Month for Events on Siesta Key

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November is a month filled with three major events: The Sandfest Party, Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting competition and Light Up the Village.

Sandfest Partyhoedown
It’s the 24th Annual Siesta Key Chamber Sandfest 2014 Hoedown Party at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion – 948 Beach Road.

The event is scheduled for Friday, November 7th, from 6–10 pm. Come enjoy a night out with music, dancing and “gourmet” cowboy cuisine provided by Siesta Key area restaurants.

Cost is $25 per person for members, and $30 for non-members. For reservations call 941-349-3800. So wear your best cowboy hats and boots and come on down for some country grub and entertainment.

Annual Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition
This great event is now in its 5th year. Join us this November 14th crystal classicthrough 18th for what promises to be a spectacular experience watching sand sculptures rise from the sands of Siesta beach.

Our Siesta Key sand is considered the best natural beach sand for sculpting because of its unique composition which consists of 99% quartz crystals.

Twenty-four of the ‘’TOP” master sculptors from around the world will compete for $15,000 in prize money and the “CRYSTAL CLASSIC SCULPTING DOUBLES TITLE”.  Be sure to see page 25 of our online edition for a complete events schedule, photos of the sculptors, and the map layout.

This event kicks off with a Meet the Artists Reception on Thursday November 13th. Attendees and sponsors can meet the 24 master sand sculptors up close and personal. The event is being held at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Siesta Village from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Entry includes a buffet with an open bar and is open to sponsors and individual ticket holders. Artist Team sponsors will receive their assigned sculptor team through a random drawing that evening. Artist Team sponsor logos will be displayed at the sculpture on site at the beach throughout the event.

The Patron Sponsorship for $250 includes two 5 day passes to the event, VIP parking at the beach and two Meet the Artists Reception tickets.   Both the Patron Sponsorship and the Meet the Artist Reception tickets can be purchased online individually at

Light Up Siesta Village
For the 30th year, the Siesta Key Village Association will present Light Up the Village on Saturday,Light Up the Village revised ad November 29, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM. Siesta Village will be decorated in full holiday splendor with the Christmas tree lighting taking place at the Gazebo, located at Ocean Blvd. and Canal Road, at approximately 6:15 PM.

Santa Claus will be arriving on a float in the holiday parade which will begin at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:40 PM traveling north on Beach Road onto Ocean Blvd. into the Village. Many businesses and local groups will be participating in the parade and welcoming Santa to Siesta Village. If you would like to participate, please call the parade coordinator at 941 346-7401.

Santa will reign at the Siesta Center to greet all children. The first 250 to see him will receive gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar. At Santa’s Village there will also be a clown, face painting and games with prizes. Photos may be taken with Santa.

DSC_0638Ocean Boulevard will be lined with luminaries and shops and restaurants will offer refreshments and special holiday bargains from 6 to 9 PM. There will also be live music at various venues plus carolers, demonstrations of gymnastics and martial arts and a petting zoo.

Free transportation will be provided courtesy of the Siesta Island Trolley from Siesta Public Beach to the Village from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM making it easier for all to participate in the festivities.

This special event is sponsored by the merchants and businesses of Siesta Village plus friends of Siesta Village and is open to all free of charge.

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