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Unveilings, demos and receptions with live music will take place all weekend long in Cannon Beach, Oregon "One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America." Cannon Beach galleries usher in the season with the 18th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, May 4-6, 2018. Throughout the town, eleven galleries will spotlight new work by nearly 40 artists with unveilings, demos... [read more]
Visitors looking for a bit of beach treasure in Lincoln City, Oregon will find winter is the best season to scour the beach. When winter storms churn up the sand and offshore swells send buckets of flotsam to shore, almost every beach visitor does a little beachcombing along the ocean's edge to see what the tide has washed in. Starting... [read more]
Get Lit at the Beach returns to Cannon Beach for the seventh annual gathering of readers and writers on the Oregon Coast, May 18-20. Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lesley and one of fantasy genre's most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore are among the best-selling and award-winning authors featured May 18-20 in Cannon Beach, Oregon for the seventh annual Get Lit at... [read more]
2018 Tide Pool Clinics
April 21-July 15
On the Oregon Coast tidepool season is just around the corner, plan now to make the most of your adventure in Lincoln City. Starting in spring and running through July the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau in partnership with CoastWatch, the volunteer division of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, will offer a free series of Tidepool Clinics. The first... [read more]
In Thier Footsteps
Through May 20
Lewis & Clark National Historic Park announces the next "In their Footsteps" program, Lewis and Clark's Discovery of the Willamette River: Recent Findings of Their Secondary Mission by Dr. Steven McClure, Sunday, April 15. Once a month, from September through May, visitors and locals are invited to attend "In Their Footsteps," a free series of lectures and presentations at Lewis... [read more]
Fat Bike Festival
April 20-22
Fat Bike enthusiasts can explore the North Oregon Coast in new way at the first ever Fat Bike Festival in Cannon Beach, April 20-22, 2018. Fat Bike riders are invited to join the first ever Fat Bike experience on the Oregon Coast in the picturesque community of Cannon Beach, April 20-22. Events planned throughout the weekend include sunset beach ride... [read more]
Expressions West 2018
April 27-July 1
Coos Art Museum opens Expressions West 2018, an exhibition of works by western artists on April 27. Coos Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Coos Bay, Oregon presents Expressions West 2018, an exhibition of paintings by artists residing all over the western United States. The exhibition opens on April 27, with an evening reception and awards ceremony from 5-7pm. About 70... [read more]
Visitors will flock to Pacific City, Oregon for the 14th Annual Birding and Blues Festival, April 20-22. Every spring visitors and locals alike gather on the Oregon Coast to celebrate the season with feathered friends and music in Pacific City. The Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is April 20-22 at the Kiwanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive in... [read more]
Tall Ships
Through May 2
Maritime history comes to life aboard the historic Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain sailing vessels. Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Oregon ports of call this spring with a costumed crew ready to tell tales of life on the high seas. Visitors will find dockside tours and family-oriented sailing excursions featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea... [read more]
Special Glass Float Drops
Lincoln City
Through May 30
There is still time to find a glass float on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. Finders Keepers is one of Lincoln City's defining events where visitors can find glass treasures on a seven-mile stretch of beach from Roads End to Siletz Bay. Throughout the season, volunteers lovingly known as Float Fairies, hide hand-made glass art pieces between the high... [read more]
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including Warrenton & Hammond
Through April 29 Live Theater: See How They Run
Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse, 129 W. Bond St. 503.325.6104
April 27-30 Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds
May 13 Astoria Sunday Market
Historic Downtown, 12th Street
June 15-18 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop


& Coquille
September 7-9 Bandon Cranberry Festival
Various Locations


Through April 30 Live Theater: Athenry
Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave. 541.469.1877
May 26-28 Azalea Festival
Various Locations

Cannon Beach

& Arch Cape
Through April 22 Live Theater: Noise Off
Coaster Theatre, 108 N. Hemlock 503.436.1242
Through April 23 Twelve Days of Earth Day
Various Locations 503.436.0249
April 20-22 Cannon Beach Fat Tire Festival
Various Locations
May 4-7 Spring Unveiling Arts Festival
Various Locations
May 4-28 Live Theater: The Odd Couple
Coaster Theatre, 108 N. Hemlock 503.436.1242
May 6 In Concert: Olivia Millerschin
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum 503.436.9301
May 12 Coastal Community Festival
Chamber City Park, 207 N Spruce
May 17 Community Concert
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum 503.436.9301
May 18-21 7th Annual Git Lit at the Beach
Various Locations 206.914.1255
June 8-11 54th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Various Locations 503.436.2623
June 22-24 10th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival
Various Locations

Coos Bay

including North Bend & Charleston
May 2 Coos Bay Farmers Market Opening Day
320 Central Ave., historic downtown


April 27-28 Florence Fest
Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. 541.997.3128
May 18-21 Rhododendron Festival
Various Locations 541.997.3128

Gold Beach

May 18-20 31st Annual Whale of a Wine Festival
Curry County Events Center 541.247.4541

Lincoln City

including Gleneden Beach & Depoe Bay
April 21-23 Crab Feed, Wooden Boat Show and Ducky Derby
Depoe Bay Harbor, 220 SE Bay St. 541.270.3944
May 3-27 Live Theater: Borderline Crazies
Theatre West, 3536 SE Hwy 101 541.994.5663
May 18-21 Art on the Edge Studio Tour
Various Locations
June 23-24 Summer Kite Festival
D-River Wayside

Long Beach Peninsula

including Long Beach, Seaview, Ocean Park & Ilwaco
April 19 SALTY Talks: Michael Lemeshko
Salt Hotel & Pub 360.642.3446
April 20-22 Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
Various Locations 800.451.2542
May 19-20 Cape D Sprint Triathlon
Various Locations 800.451.2542
June 16 39th Annual Beach to Chowder Challenge
Various Locations
June 16-18 37th Annual Northwest Garlic Festival
Wilson Field, Sandridge Rd.


including Nehalem & Wheeler
May 19-20 Manzanita Writers' Series: Author Event
Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Ave.


including South Beach & Otter Rock
April 20-22 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival
Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive 541.265.6540
April 21 Aquarium 5K Fun Run and Kids Dash
Oregon Coast Aquarium 541.867.3474


& Gearhart
May 19-20 Spring Downtown Wine Walk
Various Locations 503.717.1914


including Pacific City, Neskowin, Netarts, Bay City & Garibaldi
April 20-23 14th Annual Birding & Blues Festival
Various Locations
May 4-21 Live Theater: Moonglow
Barn Community Playhouse, 1204 Ivy Ave.


including Waldport & Seal Rock
April 27-30 Rainspout Music Festival
Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101
May 5-6 Oregon Coast Gravel Epic