Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

N. Oregon Coast's Famed Cannon Beach Sandcastle Fest Returns June 9

Published 05/28/2018 at 6:35 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

N. Oregon Coast's Famed Cannon Beach Sandcastle Fest Returns June 9

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – The 51st Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is just around the corner for the north Oregon coast, coming up on Saturday, June 9. It’s the oldest competition of its kind in the northwest and certainly the most high-profile event on the entire Oregon coast, even more so for the sleepy hamlet of Cannon Beach itself.

Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families descend on this part of the north coast to construct remarkable creations in the sand over the course of the day. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete in order to accomplish their monumental size.

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials even in summer
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some Deals even in summer; great packages
In Lincoln City:
Major price drops on some dates and some lodgings
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials can still be found
In Newport:
Includes exclusive listings not found anywhere
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

The fun has been extended to other days beyond the actual sandcastle building. Cannon Beach has made a weekend of it, starting on June 8 and ending on Sunday, June 10. The sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, but visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy. Weekend to-do's include the Sandcastle Parade on Friday afternoon; a beach bonfire with live music on Saturday evening; and the Singing Sands 5K fun run and walk on Sunday morning. Judging of the sandcastles begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, making 4 – 6 p.m. the best time for viewing the completed sculptures. The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.

How the contest began is a strange and somewhat tragic tale, beginning with the tsunami of 1964 that washed out the bridge and main access to Highway 101. Once the bridge was rebuilt, Cannon Beach discovered many visitors were ignoring the town. The first contest was mainly locals, publicized only slightly in an experimental effort to see what could get tourists coming back. See the full story: N. Oregon Coast History: Tsunami Tragedy Started Cannon Beach's Sandcastle Festival.

The schedule:

Friday, June 8, packets and pails will be available at the Cannon Beach Visitor Information Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., there’s the Sandcastle Parade, downtown along Spruce and Hemlock.

On Saturday, June 9, the American Legion Pancake Feed happens at 8 a.m. (1216 S Hemlock). The sandcastle contest begins at noon, with final judging and awards at 5:30 p.m. Cars need to be off the beach an hour later.

From 7 – 10 p.m. there’s live music with Thistle & Rose on the beach near the 2nd Street beach access. A beach bonfire there gets underway at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, June 10, the Singing Sands 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. with the check-in on the beach near the 2nd Street beach access.

Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds, but cars must be off the beach by 6:30pm to avoid potential issues with the incoming tide. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. For lodging information, visit cannonbeach.org. ---- Cannon Beach Hotels / Lodging for this event - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour

Oregon Coast Lodging





More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Lion's Mane Jellyfish: Something Ouchy on Oregon Coast Lately
Seaside Aquarium this week reporting seeing some Lion's Mane Jellyfish on the north coast. Sciences
Holidays and Book Fair Approach on N. Oregon Coast: Tillamook, Seaside
Mook Book Fair in Tillamook, Gingerbread Tea in Seaside. Tillamook events, Seaside events
Oregon Coast King Tides Project Kickoff Party, Photogs Needed
With the first king tides coming up November 25 - 27. Weather
Animal Planet Star of Crikey! It's the Irwins Films at Oregon Coast Aquarium
Bindi Irwin showed up in Newport for a segment airing Nov. 23. Science, kids
Now You Can Adopt a Beach on Oregon Coast Through SOLVE
A new program where individuals or groups can adopt a beach and help take care of it. South coast, Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Yachats, Florence
Portland, Oregon Coast, Washington Get View of Transit of Mercury
The transit of Mercury will happen in the Pacific Northwest starting a couple hours before sunrise. Weather, science
Warning: Do Not Pick Up Sea Turtles on Oregon, Washington Coast
Just like the spring and summer with baby seals on the Oregon coast, this season is about stranded sea turtle. Sciences, south coast
Three Incredible Room Views of Lincoln City, Central Oregon Coast Insider's Tips
Three gorgeous views to be had and the little surprises you may find. Lincoln City lodgings, hotels

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details