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Head Down to the Beach for the Annual Sandsculpting Contest

November 04, 2019

Before we dig into all of the fun Thanksgiving festivities, Fort Myers Beach is gearing up for one of the year’s most popular events—the 33rd Annual American Sandsculpting Beach Festival! A community favorite, this festival takes place right on the beach where professional sand sculptors create stunning masterpieces made entirely of sand. Have a knack for artistry? You can give your own creation a go, too! From November 22-December 1, make your way down to check out the competition and cast your vote for who you think will take home the big win, with loads of music, activities, and food and beverages to keep the party going. This yearly tradition is a favorite among visitors and locals and a chance to check out some really amazing creations.