Weekend activities include a Friday night parade, Saturday night beach bonfire with live music and Sunday morning 5K fun run and walk. Judging of the sandcastles will be on Saturday from 12-2:30pm this year, making that the best time for viewing the completed sculptures. The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.
In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.
Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds. To register your team or watch an Oregon Field Guide video about the Sandcastle Contest, see the helpful links below. For additional information contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.
Schedule of Events 2017
Friday, June 16th
10am-5pm Packets n' Pail Pickup - Cannon Beach Information Center
5:30pm Sandcastle Parade - participants line up at 2nd & Spruce at 5:00pm
Saturday, June 17th
8-10am American Legion Pancake Feed
10am Sandcastle Contest Begins
3:30pm Final Judging and Awards Presentation to follow
4pm Cars need to be off the beach
7-10pm Live Music on the beach
8pm Bonfire on the beach
Sunday, June 18th
9am Singing Sands 5k fun run/walk - On the beach at 2nd Street
2016 Sandcastle Contest Winners