Our annual events allow you to rub elbows with renowned artists in our beautiful galleries, watch mammoth sand sculptures emerge from the beach near Haystack Rock, or visit galleries and shops while tasting Northwest wines. A visit during one of our great annual events or festivals is an excellent opportunity to experience our beach town hospitality at its best. Build in an extra day or two into your visit to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and our easy-to-walk downtown, an experience in and of itself.
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 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.
Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers April 14-16, 2023
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.
Spring Unveiling Arts Festival May 5-7, 2023
Cannon Beach galleries present new work, unveil 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.
Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival May 12-14, 2023
Enjoy a weekend of fun fat bike events while exploring the beaches and lovely community of Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest June 10, 2023
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 Saturday contest is the weekend highlight, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy.
Independence Day Festivities
A charming small-town parade and the Great Puffin Watch are among the fireworks-free Independence Day festivities in Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach Cottage Tour
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual tour showcases the town's vintage cottages and dream homes along with a weekend-long series of events, including concerts, a wine tasting, a luncheon lecture, and English-style garden tea.
Earth and Ocean Arts Festival Sept. 15-17, 2023
This arts festival has its roots in Plein Air and draws inspiration from environmental stewardship.
SOLVE Oregon Fall Beach & Riverside Cleanup
Join thousands of volunteers to clean up Oregon’s beaches & riversides at this coordinated, coast-wide event and a tradition dating back to 1984.
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 various fun and educational events Thurs- Sun. throughout the month of 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.
Stormy Weather Arts Festival Nov. 3-5, 2023
One of Cannon Beach’s most popular events, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, features events like the Stormy Weather Fashion Show and a spotlight concert. Throughout the weekend, the town’s galleries present special events showcasing the artists they represent, with many artists on hand to present their latest works, conduct demonstrations, or discuss their work.
Beginning in November and stretching through the holidays, festively lit Cannon Beach offers a variety of activities featuring events like Mimosa Madness, holiday shopping kick-off with special shopping deals and adult beverages, and a holiday concert during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. 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.