Information on Headlands BeachFest 2017 coming soon! Watch some highlights from last year’s event. Mark your calendar and be sure to attend 2017’s best beach party on Saturday, July 22nd from 11 AM to 7 PM! See you at the beach!

Headlands BeachFest is the ULTIMATE BEACH PARTY!  Featuring all day entertainment and activities, food, sand, water and a ton of family fun!

Handicapped parking and wheelchair access to sand sculptures is available.

No dogs please.

Please share your BeachFest experience!  #headlandsbeachfest 

Carl Jara  Carl
You may recognize this guy. From right here in Greater Cleveland, he’s been sculpting sand up and down the Lake Erie shore and all over Ohio for the past twenty three years. His rather illustrious career has earned him dozens of medals at contests worldwide, and he’s won a whopping fourteen World Championship medals.


Suzanne Altamare  Altamare
Here’s another familiar face for you. Altamare began sculpting sand for a living in 1982 as Marc Altamare’s sand slave and apprentice.  She loves carving compaction but is best known for soft sand sculptures. She lives in Daytona Beach, Florida where her work can be seen beach side at Ocean Walk Shoppes in the winter.


Greg Grady  Greg
Returning again this year, Greg is a self-taught, Marine Corp. veteran artist and a 2nd generation sand sculptor. He enjoys working with sand, snow, ice, wood and pumpkins. Greg expanded his professional sand sculpture business into organizing contests, exhibitions, promotional events, and team building workshops.


Jon Woodworth  jon
New to our competition this year, Woodworth (affectionately known as “SandDad”) is just a kid at heart and as such, loves to play in the sand. His wife, Kristie, joins him when possible. Jon has been sand sculpting since 1991 and began entering Amateur contests in 2000, eventually moving into the Masters division in 2006.


Jeff Strong  Jeff
Our final addition to this year’s event, Strong loves pushing sand to its physical limits while creating shapes with beautiful form. As a computer programmer at University of Puget Sound, he enjoys getting away to the sand on vacations. Jeff’s early attempts at sand castles finally took off in 2001 when he met Pacific Northwest master sculptors and joined their team for beach competitions.

Steel drum guys
Live Steel Drum music provided by Found Sound, the Akron Steel Drum Band, and Island Jeff will be played throughout the day, as well as some hands on activity!

Interactive Displays


BeachFest is presented by Marc’s and is supported by STERIS.  We are looking for additional sponsors, as well as vendors, to be a part of this premier event.

Our experienced staff will work with your business to craft a sponsorship package that meets your marketing and engagement goals, and maximizes your exposure to our event guests through print, digital and social media, on-site interaction, and more.

Mentor events are well-managed, well-attended, and well-covered by local and regional media ensuring positive brand exposure. We welcome the opportunity to make you a part of it.

Contact Maggie Kuyasa today at (440) 974-5720 or to learn more about being a part of Headlands BeachFest! Sponsorship deadline to be a part of the marketing materials is July 5th.

Learn more about additional sponsorship opportunities.


Headlands Beach Fest Arts Vendors 2016

With thousands of people attending, this event is the perfect place to showcase and sell your fine art!

What We’re Looking For
The City of Mentor encourages fine artists and fine craftsman of all mediums and of the highest quality to participate. Preference will be given to items relating to the beach, water, wind, surf, and sand. All applicants must submit three photos of the items to be sold along with their application. Acceptance will be based on quality and/or relevance to the overall theme. Photos will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided.

Fees and Booth Space Information
Vendors will be provided with a 10’ x 10’ hard surface space along a paved path just off the beach. The fee is $115. Vendors must provide their own tent, tables, chairs, signage and displays. (Artists without a tent/canopy will not be permitted to set up). Sale of products is limited to the assigned booth space. Vendors are prohibited from selling or displaying items outside their designated booth space.

Beach Weather
Please know that steady wind is often a factor at Headlands Beach State Park. Please be sure your display is designed to withstand unexpected gusts of wind. There is no rain date; the festival will go on rain or shine.

For more information, please contact Maggie Kuyasa at (440) 974-5720 or

The media is invited to this event. If you are unable to attend, photos, b-roll/interviews and copy points can be obtained for use from the City of Mentor Public Information Office.

Contact Ante Logarusic at for additional information.


Download 2016 BeachFest Program


Coming in from out of town?
If you’re an out-of-towner, download a copy of our Visitor’s Guide for a listing of where to eat, sleep, play and stay in the City of Mentor.

Thanks to our Sponsors!