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Sandcastle Contest

Cannon Beach will host its 52nd annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 11, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete in order to accomplish their monumental size. Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy. Continue Reading...

Weekend activities include a Friday night concert at the Coaster Theatre featuring 3 Leg Torso, an award-winning quintet specializing in an eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, latin and Gypsy music. Additional weekend events include a parade, beach bonfire with live music and 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, download the 2016 Sandcastle Brochure below or contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. 

Next Year will be held on  June 17, 2017

Schedule of Events 2016

2016 Sandcastle Contest Winners

Friday, June 10th

10am-5pm           Packets n' Pail Pickup - Cannon Beach Information Center

5:30pm                Sandcastle Parade - participants line up at 2nd & Spruce at 5:00pm

7:30pm                3 Leg Torso concert - Coaster Theatre Playhouse

Saturday, June 11th

8-10am               American Legion Pancake Feed


9am               Sandcastle Contest Begins

2:30pm               Final Judging and Awards Presentation to follow

3pm                    Cars need to be off the beach

7-10pm               Live Music on the beach by Thistle and Rose

8pm                    Bonfire on the beach

Sunday, June 12th

9am                     Singing Sands 5k fun run/walk - On the beach at 2nd Street

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