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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Free Things to Do in Cannon Beach

While there is plenty of dining, art galleries, and shopping in our lovely town, not everything requires parting with your precious dollars to enjoy Cannon Beach to its fullest! Cannon Beach offers many free activities and events that will ensure you can enjoy your visit and still have the ability to eat, drink, and shop your way to vacation bliss.

Why not visit City Park, where you'll find weekly free concerts and a playground for the kids? The Visitor Information Center next door even loans out tennis and pickleball equipment free of charge if you're in the mood for a game. Cannon Beach has two tennis courts that are first come, first served. Each tennis court has two moveable pickleball nets, on wheels, that if utilized all at the same time, could create four total pickleball courts. The pickleball nets can be wheeled to the side of the tennis court should a party wish to utilize the whole space.

Visit in June and watch the masters at work during our annual Sandcastle Contest. This Cannon Beach tradition has been a massive draw for decades, and you don't want to miss out on what we like to call "the most temporary, heartbreaking of art forms."

If art or history is your thing, two self-guided tours with pamphlets are available in the Visitor Information Center. The first is the Public Art Walking Tour, where the talents of our many Pacific Northwest artists are on display for all to see. History geeks won't want to miss the Historical Walking Tour, highlighting some historic buildings that give Cannon Beach its "village character." The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum staff Cannon Beach History Center and Museum love to educate visitors. The museum contains several exhibits exploring our hamlet's history, and the show's star is the cannon that gives Cannon Beach its name! The museum is free of charge, but a donation is always appreciated.

Cannon Beach has tons to offer for visitors of all budgets. That's part of what makes it so magical.