There’s a focus on arts every day of the year in Cannon Beach, but three times per year the city’s galleries go all out with music, receptions, demonstrations and guest artists. Showcasing many mediums and featuring artists including local favorites and nationally renowned talents, these annual festivals make a great excuse to enjoy a city known as one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America. (John Villani)

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 their featured artists to celebrate their latest work with visitors throughout this festive weekend. The town’s restaurants expand on the experience by creating edible art inspired by works from the galleries with Art from the Chefs Table. Guest artists for past festivals have included Hasselblad Masters Award recipient and landscape photographer Christopher Burkett, as well as sculptor Joshua Tobey, who has been featured in Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.

Earth to Ocean Arts Festival

Starting in 2019, Cannon Beach will feature a new art festival in September that features elements of a plein air festival and draws inspiration from environmental stewardship.

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 a spotlight concert that has featured performers like regional blues great Lloyd Jones and feisty rockers Cooper & the Jam. 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 has featured renowned bronze artist Georgia Gerber who created the 25 animal sculptures around Pioneer Courthouse in Portland and painter Anton Pavlenko who has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and in PleinAir Magazine.

Bonus: 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 given past participants the opportunity to meet authors like New York Times best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, Pulitzer Prize nominated memoirist Craig Lesley and Oregon Book Award recipient Gina Ochsner.