It's time for BeachFest at Headlands Beach State Park on July 26 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free event is a summer must, as it offers fun for the entire family. BeachFest is an outdoor celebration that incorporates the arts with the elements of wind, water and sand to create the coolest event on Ohio’s longest beach. The mile-long lakefront in Mentor will be filled with flying kites, sand castles, live music, strolling performers, kayaking, dancing and tents filled with children’s activities, arts & craft vendors, and food. Attendees can take part in a kite making class, get sandy in a sand castle building contest, take part in a scavenger hunt, and test their skills in kayaking and paddle boarding. For the little ones, there will be face painting, inflatables, games and much more. Once you work up an appetite, you can chose from a wide variety of options including Lakeside Snacks, Lou’s Classic Kettle Corn, Frut and the Fired Up Taco Truck.
Three World Champion Sand Sculptors will be at BeachFest this year to compete in Ohio’s first Master Sand Sculpting competition. There will also be over 20 arts and craft vendors who will line the paved walkway selling beach glass jewelry, driftwood items, wind chimes, sea shell glass jars, beach-themed paintings, pottery, mosaic vases, sandals, beach bags and more.