What’s Happening at the Oregon Coast? Check Out These Major Annual Events.

Celebrate dark beers in Astoria, crabs in Garibaldi, cranberries in Bandon, and the legacy of Steve Prefontaine in Coos Bay.

By Margaret Seiler Published in the June 2022 issue of Portland Monthly

Watch for these events annual events on the Oregon Coast. Dates, when known, are for 2022.


Catch the first glass float drop of the year in Lincoln City, with 100 floats distributed. Jan 8–9


Astoria’s Fort George Brewery promises “dark art, darker entertainment, and the darkest collection of beers” at the stout-centric Festival of the Dark Arts. On hold in 2022, but Stout Month is all February long

Voices from the commercial fishing industry bring poetry, storytelling, and music to Astoria for the annual FisherPoets Gathering. Feb 25–26


Catch migratory whales on their way back north during Spring Whale Watching Week, with volunteers staffing certain viewpoints. Volunteer event canceled in 2022.

Eat fresh crabs and race them, too, at Garibaldi Crab Races, with kid and adult divisions. Mar 12–13


Sample local bounty and live music at the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival. Apr 22–24


Labyrinths and land art meet at the beach in Bandon for the annual Circles in the Sand. May 2–Aug 15

Bring those wide tires to the sand for the Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival for a pedal past Haystack Rock. May 20–22


No vasectomy on the prize list this year, but there's a $1,000 grand prize for 2022's Nehalem Bay Crab Derby at Kelly's Brighton Marina. June 4

A certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the annual Newport Marathon starts at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. June 4

Celebrate the Astoria-set 1985 adventure film on the official Goonies Day, though famous filming locations like Ecola State Park can be visited anytime. June 7, with events June 3–8

One of the Goonies landmarks in Astoria


The 58th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest includes a bonfire the night before and a fun run the day after. June 10–12

Expect huge sculptures, a 90-minute quick carve every day, and a live auction every evening over Father’s Day weekend at Reedsport’s Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship. June 16–19

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival invites visitors to discover their “inner Viking” at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds every June. June 17–19

Part of a long-running Lincoln City treasure hunt, 50 new colorful orbs are waiting to be found after the Father's Day glass float drop. June 18–19

Go fly a kite, up to its highest height, at the D River State Recreation Site during the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival. June 25–26


Join wildlife experts each morning for the Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch to learn more about the birds who visit Haystack Rock in breeding season. July 1–4


Independence Day usually brings fireworks to Astoria, Rockaway Beach, Newport, Waldport, Coos Bay, Bandon, and Gold Beach, while quaint parades prevail in communities including Cannon Beach and Oceanside. July 4

Pacific City’s flat-bottomed fishing boats inspire a parade and festival for Dory Days, in the shadow of Cape Kiwanda and the other Haystack Rock. July 16–17

Mingus Park, the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology, Shore Acres, and other venues around Coos Bay and Charleston host orchestral music for the Oregon Coast Music Festival. July 16–30

Live music, a car show, and firefighter vs. Coast Guard contests fill Garibaldi Days in this fishing town just north of Tillamook. July 22–24

Watch where you step when the annual Chalk Art Contest hits the Seaside Prom. July 29–30


The Pig-n-Ford race (people drive Model Ts while holding pigs) is not to be missed at the Tillamook County Fair. Aug 10–14

Expect teams from around the world at the 40th annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament. Aug 11–14

The Charleston Seafood, Beer & Wine Festival celebrates the local harvest in this fishing town, along with a Clam Jam live music stage and kids’ activities. Aug 12–14

Teams of runners take turns in the Hood to Coast relay race from Mount Hood to Seaside by way of Portland. Aug 26–27


Jazz, chamber music, and more blanket Lincoln City for the Siletz Bay Music Festival. Sept 2–11

The Bandon Cranberry Festival includes a cranberry eating contest, a Cranberry Court coronation, and a crab derby. Sept 9–11

The Cape Arago Audubon Society and its partners bring the Oregon Shorebird Festival back to Charleston and Bandon after a pandemic hiatus.

The Cruz the Coos classic car show and Prefontaine Memorial Run highlight the Bay Area Fun Festival in Coos Bay. Sept 16–18 

Help pick up after the summer crowds at the Solve Oregon Beach &
Riverside Cleanup
. Sept 17


String up your kites for the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival, on the beach at the D River State Recreation Site. Oct 1–2

Kites in Lincoln City


The Great Columbia Crossing 10k run/walk over the Astoria-Megler Bridge is not for acrophobes! Oct 9


A stunning estate garden by day blossoms at night, too, for the Shore Acres Holiday Lights at this state park between Coos Bay and Cape Arago.  


Volunteer to count whales and answer questions during Winter Whale Watching Week, or just show up to look and learn.