Sandcastle Contest

Cannon Beach will host its 56th annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 13, 2020, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete in order to accomplish their monumental size. Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy.DTN - STL - House Ad - 2

Weekend activities include Saturday night beach bonfire with live music and a Sunday morning 5K fun run and walk. Scheduled judging times vary depending on the tide, which will also determine how long the sculptures last.

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.

Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds. To register your team or for additional information, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.


Save the Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Registration coming soon!


2020 Schedule of events

Friday, June 12th

10 AM-5 PM | Packets n' Pail Pickup at the Cannon Beach Visitor Information Center

12 PM | Team registration closes


Saturday, June 13th

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM | American Legion Pancake Feed

10:00 AM | Sandcastle Contest begins

3:30 PM | Final Judging and Awards Presentation

5:00 PM | Cars must be off the beach

7:00 PM | Live Music on the beach at 2nd Street from the Bruce Thomas Smith Band

8:00 PM | Bonfire on the Beach with S'mores on the beach at 2nd Street


Sunday, June 14th

9 AM | Singing Sands 5k Fun Run & Walk on the beach at 2nd Street. Pre-registration recommended. Check in and final registration at 8am.


Thank you to our sponsors

Title Sponsor 

Coaster Construction

Event Sponsors

Basketcase-Your Cannon Beach Florist, Bruce's Candy Kitchen, Cannon Beach Fitness, Columbia Bank, Mariner Market, The Ocean Lodge

Coast Heating & Cooling, Starfish Vacation Rentals

In-Kind Sponsors

Aquafina, Cannon Beach Bakery, Cannon Beach Design Co, Fairway Independent Mortgage Seaside, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, L&D Race Tech Inc, Gearhart by the Sea, McEwan Construction, Mo's Seafood & Chowder, Pelican Brewing Cannon Beach, Sleepy Monk Coffee, The Waves Cannon Beach.



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