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How to be a Spectator at the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Event Schedule

The weekend's schedule of events begins on Friday, June. 14th, at 10 am, and end on Sunday, June 16th, at noon. See below for a full detailed schedule.

Where to Park

There are several places to park in Cannon Beach. Parking for the contest is allowed in every public parking lot, on the beach (for the time of the contest only), and on the side of streets. To view a city map of places to park, click here. *Please observe and notice signs that say no parking on this side of the street in residential areas*

How to get to the Contest

The contest will be held on the beach off of the "Presidential" streets, west of Ocean Avenue near Madison Street. A spectator may walk into the contest area from the north, south, or east. 

Food & Merchandise 

There will be food and merchandise available for purchase on the beach.


There will be port-a-potties at the contest on the beach on the west side of the contest. Port-a-Potties will be on the beach until 4 pm.

First Aid & Information

Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will be on the beach as well as the Cannon Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for anyone who might need first aid services. There will also be an information tent for folks who wish to learn more about the contest, Cannon Beach, or if you get separated from family members, this is a good place to gather.

Contest Schedule

Friday, June 14 

10 am to 5 pm How To Build a Sandcastle: A Live Demonstration with Master Builder Bill Rose at the 2nd Street Beach Access.

10 am to 7 pm  Packet Pick Up at the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall  

3 pm to 7 pm Celebrating 60 Years, a Community Event at the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall. Celebrate with cake and punch, a craft for the kids, see vintage Sandcastle Posters through the years, and purchase this year’s Sandcastle apparel.   


Saturday, June 15  

10 am - Contestant and Volunteer Beach Parking Opens 

10:30 am - General Beach Parking Opens 

11 am - Contest Begins! 

1 pm Sand Fleas 
2:30 pm Jr/Teen 
3 pm Small Group 
3:15 pm Individuals 
3:30 pm Large Group 
4 pm Masters: Final Judging and Awards 

3 pm - Porta-potties Leave the Beach  

5 pm - All Cars Off the Beach 

Beach Party Sponsored by Cannon Beach Bakery
7 pm - 10 pm Music on the Beach with Bikini Beach
8 pm Bonfire & S’mores 

Sunday, June 16 

Singing Sands 5k Fun Run & Walk Sponsored by Cannon Beach Fitness and Mend Loft

8 am - Day of Registration at the Tolovana Wayside Parking Area in front of Mo's 

8:30 am - Dynamic warm-up with Laura Warf of Mend Loft!

9 am - Singing Sands 5K Fun Run & Walk begins!