Covering 180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Events: Florence, Yachats in Spring, Summer
(Florence, Oregon) - The two towns, about 20 miles apart, will be going bonkers over the summer and spring seasons, with a bevy of events in the manmade and natural world. Ongoing to-do’s contain plenty of nature programs in Yachats and that rugged section of coastline just south of there, including looks at tide pools, nature sanctuaries and tours of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. In the entertainment department, you have ice cream socials, food fests, a psychic convention, Florence’s huge Rhododendron Festival, spirited fourth of July celebrations and music, art and theater shows at the Florence Events Center.
Wednesday – Sunday. Roving Interpreter. Smelt Sands State Wayside and the 804 Trail (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Learn the trail's history and find native plants. Begins at Smelt Sand parking lot and heads north. Smelt Sands State Wayside, one mile north of downtown Yachats, on Hwy 101. At Yachats State Park, hear programs about tide pools and the whales seen from the park's platform. Find Yachats State Park at the west end of 2nd St in downtown Yachats. At Strawberry Hill, explore tide pools with the Roving Interpreter and hear about harbor seals resting nearby on the rocks. Find Strawberry Hill 5 miles south of downtown Yachats on Hwy 101. 800-551-6949.
May - September: Heceta Lightstation Tours, daily. Check out the famed lighthouse up close and personal. Noon – 5 p.m. 14 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101. Call to confirm (541) 547-3416.
Audubon Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary Tours. Learn about restoration and coastal temperate rain forest with Manager Paul Engelmeyer, (541)547-4227. Variable price for tour groups.
LIVE MUSIC AT LANDMARK LOUNGE, Yachats. Hwy 101, Yachats. (541) 547-5459. See the schedule here
Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program. Located in the Yachats Commons, offers a variety of after school activities. Call (541) 547-4599.
Every Third Thursday: Yachats Movie Night. Friends of the Yachats Commons offers free movies in the Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 5th St. For movie information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Last Thursday. Yachats Lunch Bunch. Ages 55 and up. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 4th St. Yachats, Oregon. (541) 547-4586.
June – August. Tidepool Discovery Days. Take advantage of some of the lowest tides of the year. Naturalists will be stationed at the tidepools in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Exact dates to be announced. Check for low tides and call (541) 547-3289.
May 7. Taste of Home Cooking Show. 4 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 9. Emerald City Jazz Kings, "Blowin'Up a Storm!" Jazz concert. 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 9. Art Walk 3 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 9. Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra. Music of Herb Alpert, Luis Bonfa, Durval Ferriera, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ernesto Lecuona, Henry Mancini, Charles Perkins, Gonzalo Roig. Songs of Jobim, Johnnie Mandel, and Cole Porter. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Yachats Commons Auditorium, Hwy 101 & W 5th. Yachats, Oregon.
May 10. Author-Fest. Showcasing the literary talent of the central Oregon coast. You'll find a great variety of books - poetry, novels, cartoons - even accounts of Yachats history. Meet the authors who will autograph your copies. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Yachats Commons, Rm. 8, Hwy 101 & W 5th. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3968.
May 11. Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra
2 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 16 – 18. Florence Rhododendron Festival.
Over 100 entries; attracts over 15,000 visitors. Parade and a Rhododendron
Queen, and each year beautiful wild flowers of Florence echo the theme
of the first Florence Rhododendron Festival, “Watch Florence Grow."
May 23. FPA's "Mozart Players" pre-concert talk 6:45 p.m. "Mozart Players" concert at 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 24. Memorial Day Pie & Ice Cream Social, assortment of pies made from the favorite recipes of Ladies Club members. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Ladies Club House, W 3rd & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3205.
May 25. Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk. 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.
May 27. SHS Choir Pops Concert 7 p.m.
Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
May 31. Habitat's "Box Show" Silent Auction
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon.
June 5. Coastal Fitness Spring Show 6:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
June 7. FEC Community Indoor Yard Sale
8 p.m. - 2 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon.
June 13 – 22. LRP production of "The
Odd Couple," the female version. 7 p.m. Florence Events
Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
July 4. Yachats la de da Parade, Festivities & Fireworks Show. Fun-filled la de da Parade at Noon. Great food and music all afternoon and night at various venues about town. Spectacular Fireworks at Sundown over the Yachats Bay.
July 4. Fourth of July Pie & Ice Cream Social. Tuesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Ladies Club House, W 3rd & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3205.
July 4. 3rd Annual Duck for Kids Race. Ducks will be launched at the Yachats River Bridge, just south of downtown Yachats. 1,000 Rubber Duckies will be dropped from the bridge to race down the Yachats River. Watch from the beach below the bridge at Yachats Ocean Road State Park. First ducks across the finish line will win fantastic prizes. You may sponsor a duck for $5 or 3 ducks for $10. Buy your chance to win at the Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101, 541-547-3530; Chuck's Waldport Video, 520 Commercial St, Waldport, 541-563-4898, and area hotels and restaurants. 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will support Yachats Youth and Family Activities Programming. 541-547-4599.
July 4 & 5. FACA Arts & Craft Show. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
July 11-13. 28th Annual Yachats Music Festival. See the internationally acclaimed artists of FOUR SEASONS CONCERTS. Three-day music festival includes cameo performances by 20 to 30 major classical artists. Individual concert tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening or a Sunday matinee performance may be purchased beginning in June at Yachats Visitors Center (541) 547-3530. Concerts are held at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th. Yachats, Oregon. Additional information at Four Seasons Concerts, (510) 601-7919.
July 11. Misty River Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
July 12. 38th Annual Yachats Smelt Fry. All you can eat smelt, with rolls, coleslaw, pickles, chips and drink. Sausage with soft drink and all the fixings will also be available, as will dessert. Entertainment includes Oregon's Old-Time fiddlers and a local German Umpa band. Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 4th St. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.
July 12. Art Walk 3 p.m. Florence Events Center.
715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.
August 2 – 3. Pathways to Transformation. Holistic Health, Psychics, and Crafts Fair. Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy. 101 and W 4th. Yachats, Oregon. St. (541) 547-4664.
August 23 - September 1. Whale Watch Week. Whale watch interpreters at Cape Perpetua Overlook, Cape Perpetua Visitors' Center, Devil's Churn Viewpoint and Cook's Chasm Turnout. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Information: Morris Grover, (541) 765-3304
August 30. 9th Annual Labor Day Pie & Ice Cream
August 31. Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk. 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th St. and Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.
September 12 – 14. Florence Rods 'n' Rhodies. $25 entry fee for each car, an invitational for all classes of 1972 model cars and older. Throughout town. (541) 997-8360.