Over the past few years, the event has grown to include a spotlight concert that showcases accomplished or up-and-coming musicians in the intimate setting of Cannon Beach’s Coaster Theatre Playhouse; the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show featuring apparel and accessories from local and national designers; and Brews, Blues & Barbecues where guests can sample local beers while enjoying live blues and a barbecue lunch. The festival kicks off with the Friday night Stormy Weather Arts Benefit Cocktail & Dessert Party where you can interact with professional jewelry artists and see some of their work. The evening also includes a silent auction and raffle featuring vacation packages. The auction and raffle benefit children's art programs in Cannon Beach including the Coaster Theatre’s Coaster Kidz Theatre Camp, the Cannon Beach Arts Association children’s Summer Art Camp and the Sea Ranch Children’s Summer Music Camp.
The Stormy Weather Arts Festival weekend is filled with art gallery events, receptions and special guest artists. On Friday evening and all day Saturday, visitors can wander from gallery to gallery enjoying a variety of receptions and artist demonstrations and catch free live music performances with regional musicians at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the town as they go. This year, the foot-stomping Americana rock band, Heels to the Hardwood, will be featured at Saturday evening’s spotlight concert is always a memorable event and has featured artists including Cooper & the Jam, Heels to the Hardwood and The Coats.
Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen art galleries and has been named one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” by author John Villani in his book by the same title. Many of the gallery’s most successful national and regional artists, as well as prominent local artists, will be showcased during the festival.
2017 Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Stormy Weather Arts Benefit Cocktail & Dessert Party – 7:30-10pm
Interact with professional jewelry artists who discuss their techniques while their works are being modeled. Sample a custom cocktail created specifically for the event by Cannon Beach Distillery and a local craft beer also made especially for the event, alongside sparkling wine and a dessert buffet featuring sweets from local bakeries and chocolatiers. The celebration will also include live music and a raffle and silent auction featuring vacation packages.
Cost: $35 | Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Music Around Town – 11am-5pm
Enjoy live performances by regional musicians at six different locations around town.
Cost: Free/Donations | Locations: The Landing, Sandpiper Square, Coaster Theatre Courtyard, Ecola Square, Haystack Square, Public Coast Brewing
Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show – 10am (Doors at 9:40am)
Pick out a new outfit at this runway show featuring apparel and accessories from local and national designers available in Cannon Beach shops.
Cost: Free Entry or guaranteed VIP seating with $5 donation | Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse
Spotlight Concert Featuring Heels to the Hardwood – 8-10pm (Doors at 7:30pm)
The Seattle Americana band brings their foot-stomping sound to Cannon Beach.
Cost: $30 | Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Brews, Blues & Barbecues – 11am-2pm
Sample local craft brews including one created especially for the festival, enjoy live Delta Blues from Steve Cheseborough and savor a delicious barbecue lunch from a local chef.
Cost: $25 | Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall