2024 Siesta Key Crystal Classic FAQ

PARKING:  Parking is free and available on a first come basis in the Siesta Beach public parking lot, located at 948 Beach Road.  However, the lot can fill quickly.  We encourage carpooling and using alternative transportation such as the Breeze Trolley, Sarasota County Bus Route 33, The Frog Hop, Uber, walking, etc.

ONLINE RESERVED PARKING PASSES: (Advance purchase only) A limited number of reserved parking passes will be available for $55 per day per vehicle.  Designated reserved parking is located at the SE corner of the public parking lot.  Online sales will begin by mid-July.

ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS:  $12 Adult; $10 Senior/Military; $6 Children (ages 5-17); 4-Day Passes:  $40 Adult, $20 Child; online sales will begin by mid-July

AT GATE TICKETS:  $14 Adult; $12 Senior/Military; $7 Children (ages 5-17)

NewCASH AND CREDIT CARD SALES:  All transactions at the Admission Tent, Beer/Water Tents, and the official Crystal Classic Merchandise Booth will be credit card only.  Cash will only be accepted at the photo-op booth and to purchase People’s Choice Tokens.  The Party Tent, retail vendors and food vendors may accept cash and credit cards, as they choose. 

RESTROOMS:  Restrooms are located at each pavilion and in the main parking lot.

EVENT HOURS:  Friday, Sunday, Monday – 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 9 pm

Note:  At gate ticket sales end 30 minutes prior to gates closing each day.

EMS & SECURITY:  Paramedic and law-enforcement personnel will be on-site throughout the event.

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS:  A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free based on a first come basis.  No advance reservations.  Onsite check in with cellphone/e-signature and photo ID is required.  Wheelchairs are located at the information tent.



Are coolers allowed? Coolers are not allowed inside the event perimeter.

Are folding chairs allowed?  Folding chairs are allowed inside the event perimeter, but they must not block or disrupt foot traffic or event logistics.

Are glass bottles or containers allowed on the beach?  Glass is not allowed inside the event perimeter or on the beach.

When is the awards ceremony?  3:00 pm on Sunday at the Entertainment/Music Stage

Is smoking allowed?  No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the beach or County property.

Where do proceeds from the event go?  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ringling College of Art scholarship fund and the annual Siesta Key Community Fireworks.

Are pets allowed on the beach?   No, only service animals.  Must show service ID card if entering festival.

Service Animals:  Service animals are allowed given the following criteria: “Service animal” means an animal that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  Service animals can be dogs or miniature horses only.  Emotional support pets are not considered service animals.  Must show service ID card if entering festival; not just service vest.


2023 Solo First place


2023 Doubles First place

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.