Oregon Coast Picks of the Week, Father's Day Weekend
(Oregon Coast) – With weather predicted to be spectacular over this weekend, there's oodles to do with Dad and other loved ones on the beaches. Immerse yourself in reggae, there’s a barbecue train ride aboard an antique railcar, hang out with freaky creatures at Oregon Coast Aquarium, take in classical music in Lincoln City, or bring the kids to a week’s worth of free summer camps in Waldport. The big sandcastle festival happens in Cannon Beach, as does the monstrous muscle car festival in Seaside, along with the special dinner possibilities at various restaurants on the coast.
Father's Day Dinner Train. Take a ride with Dad on an antique train this Saturday, June 19. But this time, there’s a fancy feast on the rails.
The Oregon Coast Explorer departs Garibaldi at 6:16, heading to Wheeler and then back with a special “Barbecue Train” for the day. Along the way, you’ll dig views of Tillamook Bay, Nehalem Bay and the ocean. It’s a three-hour round trip at $69 per person.
First course is smoked salmon dip with accompaniments. Then green salad. Third course is barbecue chicken and boneless pork spareribs, potato salad and baked beans. It ends with cheesecake and fresh berries. Soft drink and hot beverages. Beer and wine for purchase. 503-842-7972.
June 15 – 20. Soundwaves Music Festival in Lincoln City. Featuring renowned soloists, concerts and a dinner theater concert. Cost: $25 - $125. Chapel by the Sea. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-5600.
June 19. 46th Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day/Festival. Thousands gather to watch professionals create sandy masterpieces. The sculpting begins at 9:30 a.m., as various categories from masters to kids hit the beach at staggered times. Judging of works happens until around 1:30 p.m. Low tide is around noon. High tide happens at 7:41, when many of the works will be taken away by the surf. Checking it all out is free. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-2623.
June 18 - 19. Seaside Muscle ‘n’ Chrome. Poker run, Show ‘n’ Shine, downtown beach party w/ BBQ, downtown cruise and awards ceremonies. Draws thousands of spectators and vehicles each year. Seaside, Oregon. www.seasidedowntown.com. 503-717-1914.
Father’s Day Weekend, Family Sleepover at Oregon Coast Aquarium - June 19. Families are invited to spend the night in the Passages of the Deep tunnels. Eat pizza, go on a scavenger hunt, and participate in fun, hands-on activities. Then, you’ll settle down with a late night snack and be lulled to sleep by the smooth moves of the beautiful creatures of the sea. Wake up with cereal, juice, coffee, tea and fruit to energize for a behind-the-scenes look at how the birds, seals and seal lions are fed by the husbandry staff. Please register at least two weeks in advance by calling (541) 867-3474 ext. 5301. 6 p.m. – 9 a.m. Ages 4 and up. $50 members, $55 non-members. Oregon Coast Aquarium. South Beach (across the bay from Newport, Oregon). www.aquarium.org.
Reggae Festival on North Coast This Weekend. On Saturday, June 19, it’s the winery’s famed Juneteenth Reggae Festival, celebrating the day slaves were finally freed in Texas.
This year’s artist is Earl and the Reggae All Stars. Food is at 5 p.m. and features their famed barbecue dinners. Music begins at 6 p.m. Cover is $5.
Nehalem Bay Winery is on Highway 53, just outside of Wheeler, on the north coast (one mile from the Highway 101 junction). 503-368-9463. www.nehalembaywinery.comFree Summer Camps in Waldport, Yachats Area. During the week, this summer camp is free. “A Summer to Remember Day Camp.” Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For ages 5 to 14. One week of arts, crafts, reading, garden and fun. They take place at the Waldport Community Learning Center, located at Hwy 34 & Bay St. in Waldport, Oregon. All programs are free. Donations are gladly accepted. 541.563.7323.
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