About Us

Sunsets at Pier 60

The purpose of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival is to promote Clearwater Beach and Pinellas County as a prime tourism destination. The festival strives to enhance the guest experience by encouraging longer stays while providing visitors and residents with additional evening entertainment options following their days spent enjoying the beach.

The Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival debuted on March 17, 1995 as a year-round nightly sunset celebration on the iconic Pier 60. This 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serves as a free, family-friendly destination for tourists and locals to experience.

Each night the event features artisans, crafters and street performers. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunset Cinema hosts free movies in Pier 60 Park under the stars.

The Festival’s purpose is to promote Clearwater Beach and Pinellas County as a prime tourist destination and to provide artisans and street performers a platform. The Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival also enhances the guest experience and encourages longer stays.

During its nearly 25 year history, the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival has produced numerous special events such as Beach Fest, Caribbean Christmas Art Show and FantaSea of Lights. In 2013, the Sunsets Festival created a new destination event in partnership with the city of Clearwater called the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival.

Sugar Sand Festival

The Sugar Sand Festival is a 17 day beach wide celebration of Clearwater Beach’s two most notable natural assets: sugar sand and sunsets. More than 14 sand sculptors use 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach sand to create a walk through art exhibit housed in a 21,000 square-foot structure. The event also raises money for the community and supports the educational initiatives of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival.

The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is the largest destination event on Clearwater Beach attracting over 200,000 visitors over 17 days and has a $32,837,900 economic impact in the community. Sponsorship and activation opportunities are available.

About the Founder

Lisa Chandler, founder of the Sugar Sand Festival, was introduced to the concept of a walk through sand sculpture exhibit more than 15 years prior to the debut of the first Sugar Sand Festival. She and her husband Steve have been business owners on Clearwater Beach for over 25 years, but serve in volunteer capacity for both Sugar Sand & Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival. The Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival has two full time employees and boasts 450+ volunteers to facilitate their largest event. The Daily Festival Board of Directors comprises community leaders who volunteer their time and talents.