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 of Pier 60 Daily Festival made its debut on March 17, 1995 and is a 501C-3 not for profit organization. The Festival originally ran from Thursday evening through Monday evening until June 1998 when it expanded to seven nights a week.
During its 23 year history, the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival has produced numerous special events such as Beach Fest, a three day music/food festival; Caribbean Christmas Art Show; and FantaSea of Lights, a free month-long walk through holiday lights festival which featured carolers, snow tobogganing, Florida Santa photos of the beach, fireworks and live entertainment.
How It Started
In 2013, a decision was made to create a new destination event, in partnership with the City of Clearwater. The sole focus was to attract new visitors while celebrating two of Clearwater's most notable natural assets - our sugar sand and sunsets!
The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival serves as a fundraiser that supports the educational initiatives of the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival and is Clearwater's signature destination event.
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.