What to Do in Oregon in June

Goonies Day hits Astoria, a Bach festival begins in Eugene, and wine country shows some Pride.

By Margaret Seiler and Michelle Harris June 1, 2022

Mouth, Data, Stef, Andy, and Brand discover some of the Oregon Coast’s subterranean secrets in 1985’s The Goonies.

Between the Rose Festival, a packed calendar of LGBTQ+ events for Portland Pride, and Portland Beer Week (but isn't that every week?), there's plenty to hold our interest close to home this month. But from crab derbies to maximum "Goonies never say die" vibes, the rest of the state is calling to us, too.  

Nehalem Bay Crab Derby

6 a.m.–5 p.m. June 4, Wheeler 
Kelly's Brighton Marina, on Nehalem Bay between Wheeler and Rockaway Beach, puts number tags on 26 crabs and releases them the morning of this annual event. Derby entrants catch as many as they can, and bring them to the marina by 5 p.m. for a drawing for the grand prize of $1,000. (There's no mammogram or vasectomy on offer this year, thought they've been on the prize list in previous years.) There's a $10 entry fee for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Mudd Nick Foundation and Animal Haven by the Sea Rescue. The derby also features vendors, raffles, and live music starting at 6 p.m. —Margaret Seiler

Goonies Day

June 7 (but there are events June 3–8), starting times and locations vary  
Dust off your treasure maps and nylon jackets for this year’s Goonies Day celebration, when fans of the Astoria-set 1985 movie flock to the coast to check out shooting locations like the old Clatsop County Jail at the Oregon Film Museum, Haystack RockEcola State Parkthe Lower Columbia Bowland the Flavel House Museum. While the official Goonies Day is June 7 (the 37th anniversary of the film's release), the Astoria-based celebration runs June 3–8 and includes a costume contest and movie screening, an ’80s dance party, and a photo op in the “Goonies Jeep.” At the Oregon Film Museum or Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, visitors can snag a copy of the 37th Anniversary “Become an OrGOONian” booklet—complete at least 15 of the 37 activities and come back for a commemorative button. —Michelle Harris

Sarah McLachlan

June 10, Bend & June 12, Jacksonville 
So she cameoed on Portlandia, but now she's skipping Portland on this tour? Building a mystery, we guess, or maybe she's afraid of the path of thorns. Instead, she's drawn to the rhythm at Bend's Hayden Homes Amphitheater on June 10 (where she'll perform with the Indigo Girls, who are coming to Portland this month), hopscotches us for a Gorge Amphitheater gig June 11 with Brandi Carlile, and then sweet-surrenders to Jacksonville's Britt Pavilion June 12. Why no love, Sarah? Are we not good enough? Have you written us off as an Aimee Mann town? We will remember this. —MS

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

June 10–12, Cannon Beach 
This 58th annual coast event also includes a bonfire the night before and a fun run the day after, but the main activity is Saturday, June 11, when groups in divisions from young "sand fleas" to masters will start building at 2 p.m., with the judging commencing at 7. Natural materials found on the beach only, the rules state, and "no artificial coloring, paint, flour, sugar, starch, adhesives, or cement." —MS

Oregon Bach Festival

June 17–July 5, Eugene 
Since the 1970s this event has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the US of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Opening night features violinist, conductor, and longtime Portland Baroque Orchestra artistic director Monica Huggett, and the coming weeks bring lectures, choral groups, quartets, and more. —MS

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

June 17–19, Astoria 
While the Northwest is home to many descendants of Scandinavian immigrants, festival organizers stress that anyone can discover their “inner Viking” at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, which will host a beer garden, an Icelandic horse area, armor-making demonstrations, a midsummer pole raising and dance, an æbleskiver eating contest, and the coronation of Miss Scandinavia 2022. —MS

Wine Country Pride

June 25, McMinnville 
Yamhill County is having its first-ever Pride street fair, and plans include a drag queen story hour at 1 p.m., a pet parade at 2, and a round of "speed friending" at 3:30, plus a dance party and a local talent show. All month long, restaurants, wineries, stores, and even an auto repair shop are participating in Wine Country Pride's Rainbow Quest, offering a special item for sale as a fundraiser for the event and other community initiatives. —MS