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Main Events and Festivals

Wander in and out of spectacular art galleries and mingle with renowned artists; meet authors who inspire the imagination; peruse restaurants and shops while wine tasting; or do yoga with world-class instructors. With these options and more to choose from, one of the best ways to soak in Cannon Beach’s great beach town vibe is to come for one of our fun events or festivals. Plan early and build in an extra day or two to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and an easy-to-walk downtown, an experience in and of itself. Continue Reading...

FEBRUARY

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival

Yoga instructors and practitioners of all levels can choose from a variety of yoga workshops, meditation and other programs presented by world-class instructors over the course of the festival weekend.

MARCH

Savor Cannon Beach

This community-wide festival features food, wine and arts experiences all around town including the opportunity to visit over 40 Northwest wineries during the wine walk or taste some of the region's best wines during a variety of fun and educational events over the course of the four-day festival weekend.

Spring Whale Watch Week

Join trained Oregon State Parks volunteers at Ecola State Park, one of the best vantage points for whale watching on the Oregon Coast, to look for passing Gray Whales during their spring migration.

SOLVE Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup

Join thousands of volunteers to clean up Oregon’s beaches at this coordinated, coast-wide event and a tradition dating back to 1984.

MAY

Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

Cannon Beach galleries present new work, unveiling demos and host artist receptions throughout the weekend. Many local restaurants, food specialty stores and coffee shops join the fun with menu items inspired by works of art from local galleries.

Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers

Best-selling and award-winning authors gather in Cannon Beach for this annual event and attendees have the opportunity to meet prominent authors during presentations and book signings.

JUNE

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families construct remarkable creations in the sand during the Sandcastle Contest, which is the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy.

JULY

Fourth of July Festivities

A charming small-town parade, symphonic band concert in the park and The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch are among the fireworks-free Independence Day festivities in Cannon Beach. With Haystack Rock, a National Wildlife Refuge, at the edge of the shoreline, fireworks are not permitted on the beaches to protect the nesting seabirds and natural environment, but you can watch another unique colorful aerial display, puffins nesting on Haystack Rock! Knowledgeable interpreters help visitor spot puffins with spotting scopes set up on the beach. The fireworks-free festivities make this a great weekend for families and pets.

SEPTEMBER

Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual tour showcases the vintage cottages, beautiful gardens and dream homes of the town along with a weekend-long series of events including concerts, a wine tasting, a luncheon lecture and English style garden tea.

SOLVE Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup

Join thousands of volunteers to clean up Oregon’s beaches at this coordinated, coast-wide event and a tradition dating back to 1984.

OCTOBER

Dog Show on the Beach

This annual benefit for the Clatsop County Animal Shelter features prizes for pooches in over 20 categories and is located on the beach near the Surfsand Resort.

NOVEMBER

Stormy Weather Arts Festival

One of Cannon Beach’s most popular events, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival features events like the Art in Action Dinner and Auction and the Stormy Weather Fashion Show, along with a spotlight concert. Throughout the weekend, the town’s galleries present special events showcasing the artists they represent, with many of the artists on hand to present their latest works, conduct demonstrations or discuss their work.

Haystack Holidays

Beginning in November and stretching through the holidays, festively lit Cannon Beach offers a variety of activities featuring events like Mimosa Madness, a laid-back version of Black Friday with special shopping deals and adult beverages, and a holiday concert during the week between Christmas and New Years. Additional events include Cannon Beach’s beloved and traditional Lamp Lighting Ceremony in Sandpiper Square, Holiday Tea at the library, photos with Santa, wreath making classes and more.

DECEMBER

Winter Whale Watch Week

Join trained Oregon State Parks volunteers at Ecola State Park, one of the best vantage points for whale watching on the Oregon Coast, to look for passing Gray Whales during their winter migration.

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