Las Damas was started May 8, 1948 by a group of young women interested in promoting education and social activities.
On July 10, 1948, they held the Beachcomber’s Carnival, which was the forerunner of the Sunset Beach Art Festival. The money they made was donated to a community fund, which was used to purchase the lot on which the Sunset Beach Fire Station and the Community Center stand today.
The first quilt was made in 1976. In 1982 we incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The money raised at the Art Festival goes towards education grants for those in the community heading to college or looking to change their career; art programs for our local school; and charities for the mentally ill, homeless families and women in abusive situations.
Our small community whole heartedly welcomes you to the Festival. Come see what makes our neighbors, family. We are your neighbors, we are Sunset Beach.