Oregon Coast Summer Highlights
(Oregon Coast) – It's a parade, it's wine tasting, it's farmer's markets, kayak tours, funky art happenings, bluegrass, summer concerts in parks or even summer camp at an aquarium. The last half of the season contains much for the outdoor enthusiast and those who want to take in the fun and frivolity of the Oregon coast at its most playful.
Looking for stuff to do on the coast? Here’s a few highlights (complete summer schedules available at the Oregon coast events calendar).
Every Friday and Sunday. Beach Discovery Program. Touch live animals, view sand from a clam’s perspective or ask beachy questions. Tent on the beach in front of Seaside Aquarium. Free. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Seaside, Oregon. 503-338-9271.
Each Saturday. Seaside Estuary Discovery Program. Learn how tides and salt water affect rivers. Crab pots will be thrown, crab catches will be made, or watch Seaside Aquarium staff test water and examine plankton. On the docks, Quatat Marine Park (Necanicum River), between Broadway and First Ave. Free. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Seaside, Oregon. 503-338-9271.
Every Last Saturday of the month. Pacific City Birding Safari. Novices and experienced birders welcome for a guided nature walk with locals. Meet at the Migrations Coffee Shop at 8 a.m. Return by 11:30 a.m. Pacific City, Oregon. (503) 965-6994 or www.birdingandblues.com
July 18 - 21. Natural History of the Mill Ponds. The Mill Pond site is rich in aquatic life and other nature displays. The program is all hands-on and everyone young and old is sure to have an interesting nature experience. 10 a.m. Alder Mill Road off of Ave. S., Seaside, Oregon. 503-738-9126 www.nclctrust.org/events
July 20 – 23. HMSC Summer Day Camp: From the River to the Sea. Explore the watershed as we travel from a small creek to the sea. Discover how it is all connected and how organisms depend on the various environments for survival. Campers will visit a local stream, the estuary, and a tidepool area to find out what inhabitants have in common. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
July 23 - 25. “Introduction to Precious Metal”. Clay jewelry workshop taught by Debra Carus. Sitka Center. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-5485.
July 25 - 26. Garibaldi Days. Saturday Parade 11 a.m. Events & venders all day. Beer gardens. 503-322-8408.
July 25 & 26. Nye Beach Bead Festival. A celebration of the arts! Vendors with contemporary bead, vintage beads, semi-precious beads, dichronic glass, fused glass, handmade silver items and jewelry. Free. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-6262.
July 25. “Italic Handwriting”. Calligraphy workshop taught by Inga Dubay. Sitka Center. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-5485.
July 25. Summer in Tuscany with Liz Lesesne. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Meal and wine included: $50. Pacific Coast Culinary Center. 801 SW Hwy 101, Fourth Floor North - Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-557-1125.
July 27 - 30. Kayak Trips on Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 541-270-5606.
August 1. Sandcastle Contest in the Historic Taft District. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-996-3800
August 1. Tillamook Cheese 100th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tillamook Cheese Visitors Center. 4175 Hwy 101 N., Tillamook, Oregon. 503-815-1300.
Through September. 9th Annual Tillamook Farmer’s Market. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Every Saturday. 2nd and Laurel Avenue, Tillamook, Oregon. 503-842-5800.
Saturday, August 15. Nehalem Bay Winery’s 15th Annual Bluegrass BBQ. Live Bluegrass Bands at 6 p.m. Nehalem Bay Winery. 34965 Hwy 53, Nehalem, Oregon. 503-368-9463.
August 15. Antique Car Show. Enjoy antique cars, food vendors, prizes and more! This event is a benefit for the Youth Scholarship Program. Noon - 4 p.m. Lincoln City Community Center. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-2131.
August 22. “Brownsmead Flats Concert”. 6 p.m. Admission: $8 general, $4 members. Garibaldi Museum, 112 Hwy 101. Garibaldi, Oregon. 503-322-8411.