Experience One of America’s Top Art Towns at its Creative Best
There’s a focus on arts daily in Cannon Beach, but a few times per year, the town and galleries go all out with music, receptions, demonstrations, and guest artists. These annual festivals showcase art in all forms and feature artists, including local favorites and nationally renowned talents. These yearly festivals make a great excuse to enjoy a city known as one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.
Spring Unveiling Arts Festival
Each May, you can feel the creative energy blossoming alongside the springtime flowers during the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. Local galleries invite featured artists to celebrate their latest work with visitors during this festive weekend. In addition to popular local artists like landscape painter Jeffrey Hull, glass artists Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland, and jewelry artist Sharon Amber, this festival often includes regional and national painters, sculptors, and photographers.
Earth & Ocean Arts Festival
Cannon Beach’s newest art festival features elements of a Plein air festival and draws inspiration from environmental stewardship in September. The annual Earth & Ocean Arts Festival features performance and studio artists who will create and perform on the beach and in the parks and galleries of Cannon Beach. Additionally, local non-profit stewardship groups will be on hand to discuss the positive impacts they strive to have on local landscapes, wildlife, and sea life.
Stormy Weather Arts Festival
November’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival weekend features a lively atmosphere where you will find music spilling from the galleries onto the sidewalks, artists sharing insights into their work, and open doors welcoming you to step in out of the (occasional) rain of November. Festival highlights include busking stations with featured local musicians around downtown and paint nights at the Chamber Community Hall. In addition to popular local artists like landscape painter Jeffrey Hull, glass artists Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland, and contemporary artist Erik Abel, this festival often includes regional and national painters, sculptors, and photographers.
Get Lit at the Beach
If literary arts are more your speed, visit Cannon Beach in April for Get Lit at the Beach. Drawing in best-selling authors from around the country, this literary festival has allowed past participants to meet authors like New York Times best-selling fantasy authors R.A. Salvatore and Terry Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoirist Craig Lesley and Oregon Book Award recipient Gina Ochsner.
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