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Tall Ships Sailing Schedule
Through July 5
Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit several ports of call along the Pacific Northwest Coast this season. At each stop, the tall ships will offer dockside tours, public sailing excursions and hands-on living history programs. Dressed in 18th century style clothing, the costumed crew is ready to tell tales of life on the high seas. The brig, Lady Washington embodies American maritime history of the late 1700s and early 1800s. She is a traditionally built replica that has appeared in several movies and television shows. Hawaiian Chieftain has a fascinating history originating in Hawaii. She's a swift topsail ketch that has sailed the Atlantic Ocean and visited Tahiti. Those interested in adventure travel experiences may purchase tickets on-line at or call (800) 200-5239....[read more]
Through July 13 Beyond the Point: Contemporary Knapping and the Object
Explore the works of artists Aaron Webster, Emory Coons, Goode Jones, "Woody" Woodside and the Danish artist Sofus Stenak as they used traditional techniques to create objects of great craftsmanship and form. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 SE Lake St.Ilwaco 360.642.3446 [more info]
July 2 Firecracker 5K Walk / Run
This pet-friendly 5k is perfect for runners of all ages. The route follows the Discovery Trail to beautiful Beard's Hollow before heading back to the Port of Ilwaco. Prizes and T-shirts at the finish line. Race starts at 9am. Port of Ilwaco 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
July 5 Beach Clean Up Day
The Grass Roots Garbage Gang organizes a beach clean up for the 28 miles of beach on the Long Beach Peninsula every January, April and July. Hundreds of locals and visitors come out to clean the beach. To volunteer sign in and pick up bags a 9:30am, meet organizers at any major beach approach (Seaview, Bolstad, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park, Surfside at Oysterville Road). Afterwards a soup feed is provided for volunteers at noon Long Beach Peninsula Beachs 800.451.2542 [more info]
July 16-17 Clamshell Railroad Days
This is a celebration of the Clamshell Railroad that ran along the Long Beach Peninsula for 41 years. Explore Ilwaco's historic Freight Depot and step inside an original passenger car, the NAHCOTTA, which is open only twice a year, 10am-4pm. Columbia Pacific Museum, 115 SE Lake St. 360.642.3434 [more info]
July 16 Music In The Garden Tour
The 10th annual Music in the Gardens tour features a variety of Peninsula gardens and yards, 10am-4pm. Each garden features live music, delicious small bites and beverages that encourage you to linger and enjoy the Peninsula's beautiful outdoors. Long Beach Peninsula 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
July 20-23 Sandsations
The 32nd annual Long Beach sand-sculpting competition extravaganza will take place along the shoreline, adjacent to the Long Beach Boardwalk and near the Bolstad beach approach. Competitions for all ability levels. Bolstad Beach [more info]
July 22-23 Peninsula Arts Association Summer Event
This is a new art event for the Penninsula Arts Association. Please visit the website for updates and further information. Long Beach Depot Building, 102 3rd St. NW 800.451.2542 [more info]
July 29-30 Oregon Tuna Classic Deep Canyon Challenge Ilwaco
Fishing competition held along the Oregon/Washington coast with teams of four anglers competing to bring in the five biggest tuna in aggregate weight. The resulting catch is donated to area food banks. Prizes are offered for the top three teams. Port of Ilwaco 360.642.2400 [more info]
July 29-31 Long Beach Rodeo
The rodeo parade through downtown Long Beach kicks off the weekend at 6pm on Friday. NPRA Sanctioned Rodeo starts on Saturday at 1pm. Sunday: Slack starts at 9am and the rodeo kicks off at 1pm. Long Beach Rodeo and family night draws contestants from near and far to compete in saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling, as well as team, calf and breakaway roping. 6407 Sandridge Rd. 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2829 [more info]
August 5-7 Jake the Alligator Man Birthday Party & Car Show
An experience beyond description. Jake's Burlesque Bachelor Party kicks off this fun filled weekend with west coasts finest burlesque performers, live music and a celebrity emcee. Full bar and dinner is available. The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with the 10th Annual Car Show and Bride of Jake Contest. Featuring celebrity guest emcee, live music and kids activities.The car show features beautiful vintage cars, hot rods, vendors and more. Various Locations [more info]
August 6-7 Surf n' Saddle's Jr. Rodeo
The Northwest Junior Rodeo features cowboys and cowgirls aged 2-18. Events range from dummy roping to riding bucking stock. Come out and support the little buckaroos, 10am-4pm. Peninsula Saddle Club, 6403 Sandridge Road 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2829 [more info]
August 13 Jazz & Oysters
Great jazz and great food make this a must-attend event. Featured are great Pacific Northwest jazz ensembles, delicious Willapa Bay oysters, great desserts, beverages and more. Times TBD 25600 Sandridge Road 360.642.2400 [more info]
August 15-21 Washington State International Kite Festival
This week-long kite celebration and competition is a world class event that boasts kies ablaze with color, high flying action and choregraphed movement. The festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite-flying adventures. Long Beach and Various Locations [more info]
September 9 Slow Drag at the Port
Hot Rods compete in a coasting competition along the Port of Ilwaco, 5-7pm. Cars have about 15 feet to accelerate before coasting about 200 yards. Port of Ilwaco 360.642.2400
September 10-11 Rod Run to the End of the World
This annual classic car show features acres of automobiles, from Model As to the muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s. Main events are held at Wilson Field, but the cars can be seen cruising the Peninsula. No alcohol or pets allowed. Wilson Field, 25515 Sandridge Road 800.451.2542 [more info]
September 16-18 Cache Dash Splash
A contemporary way to hunt for treasure on the Long Beach Peninsula. This annual event brings together geocachers from near and far to log up to 100 new geocaches. Long Beach Peninsula [more info]
September 17 Seaview Oktoberfest
Seaview's very own Oktoberfest celebration begins a little early. Featuring the beer of North Jetty Brewing, this second-year event marks a great head-start to traditional Oktoberfest celebrations. Enjoy local brew and bites at 2pm. North Jetty Brewing, 2400 Pacific Way 360.6624.2400
September 23-24 Blues and Seafood Festival
This is the 9th year that Blues & Seafood will bring regional and national blues performers to the Port of Ilwaco. Ten acts are scheduled for 2016 and as always there will be plenty of fresh local seafood, handcrafted beer and wine. See websites for details. Port of Ilwaco 360.642.2400 [more info]
October 1-November 15 Wild Mushroom Celebration
The Long Beach Peninsula is host to a variety of delectable wild mushrooms. Every autumn, local restaurateurs and bed and breakfast owners delight patrons and guests with special dinners and classes celebrating the harvest. See the website for more information. Various Locations 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
October 7-9 Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show
Attendees vote on the People's Choice Ribbon, the event's top honor. An art raffle of donated works benefits the PAA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund and Art Enrichment Program. Long Beach Depo Building, 102 3rd St. NW 800.451.2542
October 8-9 Cranberrian Fair
Celebrate the Peninsula's annual cranberry harvest. The Cranberrian Fair highlights the Long Beach Peninsula's cranberry history, culture and cuisine. Ride the Cranberry Trolley, visit bogs and more, 10am-4pm. Long Beach Peninsula 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
October 8-9 One Sky One World
This annual kite-flying event celebrated not only in Long Beach but all over the globe. This is the 28th year of One Sky, One World. You can fly your kite anywhere. See website for activities at the World Kite Museum. On the Beach, 303 Sid Snyder Drive 360.642.4020 [more info]
October 14-15 Water Music Festival
The 32nd annual Water Music Festival brings quality music to the Long Beach Peninsula in a three-concert series. Enjoy music from jazz to classical. Performance on Friday is at 7pm and 6pm on Saturday. Long Beach Peninsula 360.642.2400 [more info]
November 11-12 Ocian In View Cultural Weekend
When Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery joyfully exclaimed "Ocian in View" they knew they had reached their westward overland destination. This annual event explores the many layers of local history with speakers, bus tours and the Chinook Tribe's seafood dinner. Call or visit online for details. Columbia Pacific Museum, 115 SE Lake St. 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
November 25-26 Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour
PAA's November Studio tour will be hosted at participating art studios, galleries and shops on the Long Beach Peninsula. PAA members, from Ilwaco up to Oysterville open their homes and businesses to visitors to answer questions, explain techniques and show their work. Visit the website for maps and further information, posted as it becomes available. Various Locations 800.451.2542 [more info]
November 25-27 Holicays at the Beach
Weekend of free activities at Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach, Pacific Ave S & 3rd St SE. See website for updates. Various Downtown Locations 800.451.2542 [more info]
December 3 Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting
Get into the spirit of the holiday season with the lighting of the "World's Tallest Crab Pot Christmas Tree" at 5pm. Port of Ilwaco 800.451.2542 or 360.642.2400 [more info]
December 10 Tuba Christmas
An annual holiday tradition performed by a local Astoria tuba band. Times and details to be announced, call or see website. Columbia Pacific Museum, 115 SE Lake St. 360.642.2400 [more info]
December 11 Water Music Festival
Start your holiday season with a wonderful afternoon of familiar and traditional jazz vocals and instrumentals, 2-4pm. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the local high school music department to further provide educational opportunities and musical experiences. Inn at Harbour Village, 120 Williams Ave NE, Ilwaco 360.642.0087 [more info]
December 31 Midnight Over the Ocean
Ring in the New Year with fireworks at midnight over the Pacific Ocean in front of the boardwalk. Bolstad Beach 800.451.2542
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