A person with a bicycle on the beach at sunset. Bicycle, person, and Haystack Rock all in silhouette.

Play on the beach during Cannon Beach Sandcastle's 60th Anniversary weekend June 15-17 and join us in celebrating our country's independence at our Fourth of July Parade!


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The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest has been an ongoing tradition in Cannon Beach since 1964, when an earthquake in Alaska triggered a tsunami that hit the Oregon Coast. Locals organized a community activity while waiting for the north-end bridge to be fixed.

This year, the contest will celebrate its 60th year on June 15. Join us on the beach and try your hand at building a sandcastle, or come to watch! Interested in what the weekend's activities will entail?

View the event schedule click here.

Volunteer at the contest and help create another historic year of Sandcastles in Cannon Beach! Click the link here to view all volunteer opportunities. We appreciate each contest volunteer who helps make the Sandcastle Contest remain the outstanding Oregon Heritage Event that it is! 


60th Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

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