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Spring Unveiling Arts Festival
Cannon Beach
May 2-4
Cannon Beach's Spring Unveiling Arts Festival has blossomed from a one-day event into a three day extravaganza showcasing new art from nearly 40 artists across 13 galleries in one electric weekend May 2-4. Jump start your art lovers' year by whisking them to the Coast for a weekend of unparalleled exhibitions, demonstrations, receptions, talks, live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails... [read more]
Featured Event
Starting in April visitors will flock to Haystack Rock to observe Tufted Puffins nesting in their natural environment. The puffins can be seen through early August. Capistrano may have its swallows, but Cannon Beach has its puffins. On April 2, the first of the Tufted Puffins began arriving on Haystack Rock said Samantha Ferber, coordinator of the Haystack Rock Awareness... [read more]
Featured Event
32nd Annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab Seafood & Wine Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds
April 25-27
Mark your calendar, April 25-27 is one of Oregon's most popular spring events, the annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival. It's crab festival time on the coast. For three days every year, the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival draws 16,000 people to celebrate the bounty of the Pacific and the region's famous wines. This... [read more]
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The oldest running sandcastle contest in the Northwest celebrates its 50th anniversary this June in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach, Oregon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 21, 2014. The event is the oldest sandcastle contest in the Northwest and the most popular annual event in this North Oregon Coast town. Dozens of teams... [read more]
Let's Go Camping
July 18-August 24
Have fun outdoors this summer and make some great memories with your family at Oregon State Parks. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department brings you Let's Go Camping! It is a fun-filled weekend camping adventure for families that are new to camping. For families without equipment: a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, mattress pads and use of a camp stove... [read more]
The Astoria Society of Artists open their studios to the public on July 26-27, from 10am-4pm. More than 50 participating artists offer a rare chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of them at work in an approachable, festive and easy-to-navigate free tour. The self-guided tours will feature a multitude of different types of arts: painting, sculpting, fiber arts, jewelry making... [read more]
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including Warrenton & Hammond
Through May 8 University of Puget Sound Alumni Ceramics Exhibition
Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery 503.338.2449
April 25-27 Annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds 503.325.6311
May 1 Science on Tap: The Bridge of the Gods—Folklore, Forests and Floods
Fort George Lovell Building, 1483 Duane St. 503.325.2323
May 9 Concert: Portland Chamber Orchestra
The Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial St. Downtown Astoria 800.992.8499
May 10 Second Saturday Art Walk
various venues in downtown 503.791.7940
May 11-October 12 Astoria Sunday Market
Marine Drive & 12 Street 503.325.1010
May 17 Concert: Karla Bonoff with Jimmy Webb
The Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercia St. Downtown Astoria 503.224.8499 or 800.992.8499
May 18 In Their Footsteps Speaker Series: Native Plants
Lewis and Clark NHP, Fort Clatsop 503.861.2471
June 7 Annual Goonies Day Celebration
various locations 503.325.6311
June 13-29 Astoria Music Festival
Liberty Theater and other venues 503.325.9896
June 20-22 Midsummer Scandinavian Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Astoria
July 18-20 Let's Go Camping
Fort Stevens State Park 888.953.7677
October 12 Great Columbia Crossing
Astoria-Megler Bridge 503.325.6311


and Coquille
September 12-14 Bandon 68th Canberry Festival
various locations in Bandon 541.347.9616


May 10 Second Saturday Art Walk in Brookings
various locations
May 23-25 Party at the Port
Port of Brookings Harbor 541.661.1899
May 23-25 75th Annual Azalea Festival
Azalea Park, 16330 Lower Harbor Road 541.469.3181
May 24-25 20th Azalea Festival Car Show
Port of Brookings Harbor 541.813.1214
July 4 Bluegrass on the Boardwalk
Port of Brookings Harbor 541.469.2218
July 19-20 Southern Oregon Kite Festival
Sporthaven Beach, 16330 Lower Harbor Road
July 19 Cruise to the Coast
Port of Brookings Harbor 503.781.1332
August 8-10 Pirates of the Pacific Festival
Port of Brookings Harbor Boardwalk

Cannon Beach

& Arch Cape
Through April 28 Twelve Days of Earth Day
various locations 503.436.0249
April 24 Presentation: Pacific NW Native Plants
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum 503.436.9301
April 25 Live Concert: Wild Hog in the Woods (Quirky Folk)
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum corner of Sunset & Spruce 503.436.9301
May 1-June 2 Northwest Nouveau
Cannon Beach Gallery, 1064 S. Hemlock 503.436.0744
May 2-4 Spring Unveiling Art Festival
Various locations in Cannon Beach 503.436.0336
May 9-31 Live Theater: "The Boys Next Door"
Coaster Theatre Playhouse, 108 North Hemlock Street 503.436.1242
May 11 Piano Duet: Rhonda Ringering and Jill Thompson
Coaster Theatre Playhouse, 108 North Hemlock Street 503.436.1242
May 31 Rock the Beach 10K/5K Run/Walk
Cannon Beach 503.436.1040
June 21 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest
on the beach in Cannon Beach 503.436.2623
June 27-29 Plein Air & More
Various locations throughout Cannon Beach 503.436.0336
July 4-6 Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch
Haystack Rock 503.436.8060

Coos Bay

including North Bend and Charleston
Through June 28 Expression West 2014
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave. 541.267.3901
April 26 Ahh Shucks Oyster Feed
63466 Boat Basin 541.404.6593
May 3 Celtic Cultural Festival
1988 Newmark Ave 541.756.4701
May 23-25 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay
Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park


May 16 Ballet Fantastique
Florence Event Center, 715 Quince Street 541.997.1994 or 888.968.4086
May 17-18 107th Rhododendron Festival
Florence Event Center
May 17-18 Florence Art Festival
Florence Event Center 541.999.9009

Gold Beach

May 9-10 27th Annual Annual Wine, Art and Music Festival
Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave 541.247.0923
June 12-15 Pistol River Wave Bash
Gold Beach 800.525.2334 or 541.247.7526
June 21 17th Annual Tour de Fronds
Powers Oregon 541.439.2418
September 6 Gold Beach Brew and Art Fest
Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach, Oregon - Curry County Fairgrounds 541.490.1593

Lincoln City

including Gleneden Beach & Depoe Bay
May 3 Fish Taco Cook Off
Culinary Center, 801 SW Hwy 101 541.996.1274 or 800.452.2151
May 9-10 Live Performance:"Paul Rodgers"
Chinook Winds Casino Resort 1777 NW 44th Street 888.624.6228
June 28-29 Summer Kite Festival
D-River State Wayside 800.452.2151
August 23-24 Surf City Classic Car Show
Chinook Winds Casino Resort
October 4-5 Fall Kite Festival
D-River State Wayside 800.452.2151

Long Beach Peninsula

including Long Beach, Seaview, Ocean Park & Ilwaco
April 25-27 Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show
303 Sid Snyder Dr W, Long Beach 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
April 26 Black Lake Fishing Derby
Black Lake Park, Ilwaco, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
May 3 Ilwaco Saturday Market
Port of Ilwaco, WA 503.338.9511
May 3 Blessing of the Fleet
Port of Ilwaco, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
May 3-4 63rd Annual Loyalty Days
Downtown Long Beach, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
May 10 Surf Perch Derby
Bolstad Ave Beach Approach, Long beach, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
May 23-26 World's Longest Garage Sale
Long Beach Peninsula, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
May 24-26 SummerFest
Downtown Long Beach, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
June 14-15 33rd Annual NW Garlic Festival
25815 Sandridge Road 888.751.9353
August 18-24 Washington State International Kite Festival
Bolstad Beach Approach, Long Beach, WA 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400
October 11-12 One Sky, One World Kite Fly For Peace
Sid Snyder Drive SW Beach Approach, Long Beach 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400


including Nehalem and Wheeler
May 17 Author Event & Independent Press Panel Discussion
Hoffman Center at 594 Laneda Avenue 503.368.3846


including South Beach and Otter Rock
April 26 Indoor Market
Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 633 NE 3rd. St. Newport 541.961.9285
May 1-4 58th Annual Newport Loyalty Days & Sea Fair Festival
various locations 541.961.1466
May 3-4 2014 Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race
various locations 541.265.7783
May 16-17 8h Annual Brewer's Memorial Ale Festival
Rogue Brewery 541.867.3660
May 16-18 3rd Annual Newport Home and Garden Show
Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery St. 541.265.7783
May 30 Annual Fleet of Flowers
Depoe Bay Harbor 541.765.2889
May 31 Newport Marathon
Yaquina Bay State Park 541.265.8801
June 6 National Theatre Live: "King Lear"
Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive 541.265.2787
June 13-15 Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Lincoln County Fairgrounds 541.574.9366
June 14-15 The 51st Annual Gem & Mineral Show - Rock'n the Coast at Newport
Yaquina View Elementary School Gymnasium,351 SE Harney St 541.265.2514
July 11-13 Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo
633 NE 3rd Street 541.351.1160
July 12 Fourth Annual Barrel to Keg Relay
various locations 541.265.8801
August 15-17 Let's Go Camping
South Beach State Park 888.953.7677


Winchester Bay and Gardiner
June 13-15 13th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships
Rainbow Plaza in Reedsport. 541.271.3495
July 30-August 3 Dune Fest
Salmon Harbor Drive. Winchester Bay 541.271.3495

Rockaway Beach

May 23-26 Annual Rockaway Beach Kite Festival
New Ocean's Edge Wayside. 503.355.8108


& Gearhart
April 29 Lunch in the Loft
Beach Books, 616 Broadway 503.738.3500
May 16 Golf Tournament: Superintendent's Revenge
Gearhart Golf Links 503.738.3538
May 17 Seaside Spring Downtown Wine Walk
Various Merchants in Downtown Seaside 503.717.1914
June 7-8 Seaside Beach Soccer Tournament
Seaside Beach 503.738.6391
June 13-14 Seaside Muscle & Chrome
Downtown Seaside 503.738.7637
June 14-15 Soccer in the Sand
Seaside Beach at the Turnaround 858.442.9082
June 22-29 The Miss Oregon Scholarship Program
Seaside Civic & Convention Center

Tillamook and Three Capes

including Pacific City, Netarts, Bay City & Garibaldi
April 25-26 Live Theater:"A Little Song & Dance"
The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy, Tillamoook 503.842.7940
May 23-24 Bi-annual Tidal Treasures Quilt & Fiber Festival
Latimer Quilt & Textile Center, 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd. 503.842.8622
August 1-3 Let's Go Camping
Cape Lookout State Park 888.953.7677


to Seal Rock including Waldport
June 20-22 Waldport Beachcombers Days
various locations 541.547.4173