Travel Notice:

Travel Notice:

The City of Cannon Beach/Clatsop County are in Phase 2 of the Reopening plan. Hotels/rentals are taking guests, Restaurants may offer limited seating, businesses are open with safety protocols in place. Beaches are open. The State of Oregon requires face coverings in all indoor public spaces. In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Garbage left behind on our beaches and parks has become a concern so please remember to "Pack OUT what you pack In.. help protect our environment".

See our Coronavirus Update Page for the latest details.


Sandcastle Contest


Virtual Sandcastle Contest Registration - Download!

Cannon Beach will host its 56th annual Sandcastle Contest a bit different this year - See below.

The oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. 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.

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.

Virtual Sandcastle Contest




For the safety of our volunteers, contestants, and spectators our 56th Annual Sandcastle Contest has gone virtual!

Build a sandcastle sometime this summer between June 13th and September 7th and submit a photo or short video of your build to enter to win in our very first ever Virtual Sandcastle Contest. We will have winners in two categories: With Haystack Rock and Without Haystack Rock.

Help us keep the spirit of Sandcastle alive!

Follow us on Facebook throughout the summer to see featured entries in different fun themes like best mermaid, best sandcastle, with a dog, all kids build, and more. 

Get Your 2020 Sandcastle Merchandise Online!

or at the Visitor Information Center on 2nd and Spruce Street

VSC Merchandise 2020

Come "play in the sand with us" next year - June 5th, 2021.



Virtual Sandcastle Contest Registration - Download!

Virtual SC Registration Form


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