Main Events in the Long Beach Area
The Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour brings art-lovers into the artists’ studios and features demonstrations, sales and the chance to see art in the making. Maps will be available. November 23-24, 2018
Enjoy a coastal Christmas celebration along the Port of Ilwaco at the annual Crab Pot Christmas Tree event. Lighting the one-of-a-kind Crab Pot Christmas Tree starts at 5 pm, and the public is invited to join the fun. December 1, 2018
Held at the Inn at Harbor Village in Ilwaco, the annual Water Music Society’s Christmas Concert is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season — fabulous holiday music is highlighted with festive treats and beverages at this intimate holiday concert. Rebecca Kilgore will be performing for this year’s concert. Social hour is at 2 PM and the concert begins at 3 PM. Tickets will be available on the Water Music Festival website. December 2, 2018.
Enjoy the rich sounds of the season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert, This free concert at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum features the Astoria Tuba Quartet, which performs a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at the family-friendly event. Sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association, this concert is free and open to the public. Open to the public. December 8, 2018
Step into local bed and breakfasts and enjoy the holiday splendor of these local lodgings. Bed and breakfasts are celebrated for their originality and personality, and this event shows off both.Stay tuned as participating bed and breakfasts will be announced as the event nears. Donations of a can of food are requested and will be given to the local food bank. December 15-16, 2018
Sand beneath your soles, waves breaking off your shoulder and a hot bowl of chowder beyond the finish line — it’s the 39th Beach to Chowder 5K/10K walk/run. This annual beach walk/run on hard-packed sand is fun for the whole family and features a taste of local clam chowder served at the awards ceremony. Register here. June 16, 2018
The longest running indoor kite festival in North America returns to the Long Beach Elementary gymnasium for its 17th year. The event includes performances, competitions, workshops and open flying for kite enthusiasts of every age and ability. Perfect for families, the Windless Kite Festival features a $5 kite-making workshop and opportunities for children, families and friends to learn the art of indoor kiting, where kites are powered by the motion of the flyer’s body. January 20-21, 2018
Find more information at the Kite Museum.
The Grass Roots Garbage Gang organizes three Beach Clean Up Days annually. Hundreds of locals and visitors gather to clean 28 miles of beach. All are invited to participate. Head to a beach approach at 9:30 a.m. on clean up day. January 20, 2018
This annual crab feed is all about community, and it’s your opportunity to pull up a chair and support the Long Beach Peninsula. Held at the Long Beach Elks at 110 Pacific Highway North in downtown Long Beach, the crab dinner includes coleslaw and garlic bread, and proceeds benefit local Ilwaco High School athletics. Hot dogs are available for children. Ticket prices are based on crab’s seasonal cost. The crab feed typically kicks off at noon. Postponed to February 3, 2018
Find more information on the Ilwaco Sports Boosters Facebook page.
The Kite Museum’s collection of displays from 10 Asian countries comes to life during this two-week celebration. Learn about the many cultures of kites, enjoy tasty eats and even jump into a mahjong demonstration. February 9 – 25, 2018
Find more information at the Kite Museum.
The FisherPoets Gathering is an authentic, creative celebration of life in the commercial fishing industry. A hundred fisher poets from coasts near and far share original stories, songs and poetry with each other. Enjoy storytelling, workshops, a self-guided cannery tour film and visual arts. Numerous venues throughout downtown Astoria, OR, host FisherPoet Gathering events, so check the website for locations. February 23-25, 2018
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Make your own kite, fold origami and enjoy games at the Kite Museum during spring break. And don’t forget to play the Kite Festival poster game to earn coupons to local businesses.
Find more information at the Kite Museum.
With more than 100 quilts on display across three galleries, this show exhibits work from the area’s most talented fabric artists, all of whom are Peninsula Quilt Guild members. Enjoy quilting demonstrations and a Prize Quilt raffle. Admission is free for this 23rd annual event. March 16-18, 2018
Find more information at the Peninsula Quilt Guild.
The Long Beach Train Depot with its natural light and high ceilings provides a great venue for a great show. Back for its 27th year, the Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show features the works of many talented Peninsula artists. Attendees vote for their favorite piece of art and help award the People’s Choice Ribbon, the show’s top honor. A raffle of donated work benefits the PAA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund and Art Enrichment Program. April 6-8, 2018
Find more information at the Peninsula Art Association.
The Grass Roots Garbage Gang organizes three Beach Clean Up Days annually. Hundreds of locals and visitors gather to clean 28 miles of beach. All are invited to participate. Head to a beach approach at 9:30 a.m. on clean up day. April 21, 2018
The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival returns April 21. The event that helped put the Long Beach Peninsula on the map in the 1940s features free razor clam digging lessons, contests, live music, an annual chowder cook-off and a giant clam fry. This is one of the Peninsula’s signature events, and it’s a blast for every member of the family! April 21 2018
Celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Ocean at the 36th annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival. This event features the authentic flavors of Oregon’s North Coast as well as trend-setting artisan producers, Oregon-based wineries and more than 150 vendors. April 27-29, 2018
Learn more about the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival.
The last Saturday in April marks the annual Black Lake Fishing Derby. Now entering its 26th year, this event for children ages 2-14 features a free pancake breakfast and a hot dog tent. Registration is free for this event hosted by Ilwaco Parks and Recreation. The derby runs from 7-11 a.m., and awards are given for the largest fish caught in each age division and overall aggregate weight. April 28, 2018
This year’s Loyalty Day Celebration and Parade enters its 68th year. Saturday, May 5 kicks off with the Ilwaco Children’s Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet at the Port of Ilwaco. May 6 is the Loyalty Day Grand parade. The events are free to attend. You can pick up a full schedule of events at the Visitors Bureau. May 5-6, 2018
Find more information about the Long Beach parade.
The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco features more than 70 vendors along the pedestrian-only Waterfront Way overlooking the Port of Ilwaco marina and Baker Bay. Find regional produce, wonderful baked goods, a huge selection of local plants and many homemade arts and crafts. May 5 – September 29, 2018
Swim Black Lake, bike the Peninsula, and run for the finish line during this fast triathlon around Cape Disappointment State Park. Register here. May 19, 2018
Strap on your waders for the 15th annual Surf Perch Derby! This family event features an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and prizes for top anglers. May 19, 2018
The World’s Longest Garage Sale offers four days of bargain-hunting fun. Garage sales dot Peninsula streets from Ilwaco to Oysterville, so treasure-seekers have miles and miles to explore! May 25-28, 2018
SummerFest fun starts Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. Enjoy weekend events and entertainment through September 4. May 26 – September 3, 2018
Learn more about SummerFest.
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in ninety-minute performances that start at 7PM. June 9, 2018
Celebrate this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make the annual pilgrimage to the Northwest Garlic Festival in Ocean Park. Known by organizers as the“garlic Olympics of gastronomy”, this festival was born out of love for great, garlic-laden cuisine. June 16-17, 2018
Learn more about the Northwest Garlic Festival.
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in one and a half hour long performances that start at 7PM. June 25, 2018
Take a step back in time at this old-fashion community parade and picnic. Following the Tokeland Parade & Old Fashion Family Picnic should be sack races, water balloon-toss contests and three-legged races. Join the fun! June 30, 2018
Learn more about Tokeland-North Cove events.
Tour Tokeland with this one-mile community walk that begins at the tribal center and winds through private property that’s otherwise restricted. This is a great opportunity to stroll through Tokeland’s hidden treasures. July 1, 2018
Be a part of a great event that supports a great cause! The Oregon Tuna Classic — Deep Canyon Challenge helps feed the needy and showcases the area’s fabulous fishing! August 3-4, 2018
The Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in downtown Ocean Park is a true slice of Americana. Classic cars, homemade floats, chalk art, waving flags — this event is community in motion. The parade begins at 1 p.m. And between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Art in the Park at Sheldon Park will feature the works of local artists, food vendors and more! July 4, 2018
Learn more about the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in Ocean Park.
The fantastic Firecracker 5K walk/run is perfect for athletes of all ages and ability. The event starts at the Port of Ilwaco and leads participants along the Discovery Trail to Beard’s Hollow before heading back to the Port. The 6th annual Firecracker 5K kicks off at 9 a.m. Register here. July 7, 2018
Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco — dubbed “Feel the Thunder” — take to the sky at dusk. July 7, 2018
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in one and a half hour long performances that start at 7PM. July 14, 2018
Join the annual celebration of the “Clamshell Railroad”, which ran with tides along the Peninsula for 41 years between 1889 and 1930. Clamshell Railroad Days explores Ilwaco’s historic Freight Depot and offers attendees a chance to step inside an original Clamshell Railroad passenger car, the Nahcotta, which is only open twice a year. July 14-15, 2018
Learn more about Clamshell Railroad Days.
The 34th annual sand-sculpting extravaganza known as Sandsations returns to Long Beach for four days of fun! The event, which is open to sand castle builders of every age and skill level, unfolds near the Bolstad Beach Approach and along the shoreline. July 18-22, 2018
Learn more about Sandsations.
Spend a lovely summer day touring a variety of gardens on the Long Beach Peninsula in our 12th annual garden tour. Listen to live music performed by local and regional musicians, enjoy sweet and savory bites, and enter our raffle. You can also meet the gardeners who have mastered growing beautiful landscapes on the coast. 10 AM – 4 PM July 21, 2018
The Long Beach NPRA-sanctioned Rodeo is a peninsula classic. Now in its 73rd year, the rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling, as well as team, calf and breakaway roping. The rodeo kicks off with a parade through downtown Long Beach and features cowboy breakfasts and a family night. July 28-29, 2018
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in ninety-minute performances that start at 7PM. July 28, 2018
This northern Pacific County tradition features live music, a parade, food and craft vendors and more. The Willapa Harbor Festival is held in beautiful downtown Raymond and is free for the whole family. August 3-5, 2018
Back for its 12th year, Jake the Alligator Man’s 76th birthday is an annual celebration on the Peninsula! Live music, car shows, Bride of Jake contest and more! August 3-4, 2018
The Northwest Junior Rodeo, known around these parts as the Surf ‘n Saddle Jr. Rodeo, is geared toward the buckaroos in the family — cowgirls and cowboys aged 2 to 18 compete in everything from dummy roping to riding the bucking stock. August 4-5, 2018
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in one and a half hour long performances that start at 7PM. August 11, 2018
Great jazz paired with great food makes this outdoor event a yearly hit. The annual Jazz & Oysters features excellent Pacific Northwest jazz ensembles, delectable Willapa Bay oysters, delicious local desserts, great beverages and more tasty offerings. 12 PM – 7 PM August 18, 2018
Enjoy seven days of kite-flying, beach-playing, festival-vending fun! World-renowned kite flyers converge on the Long Beach Peninsula annually during the Washington State International Kite Festival, a vivid celebration of summer that paints the sky. August 20-26, 2018
Find more information about the Kite Festival.
Now in its 122nd year, the Pacific County Fair offers a classic county fair experience — enjoy everything from carnival rides and tasty treats to livestock shows and live music. Great for families, friends, locals and visitors. Enjoy a slice of Pacific County life. August 22-25, 2018
Learn more about the Pacific County Fair.
The Waikiki Beach Concert Series continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park. Regional musicians present a variety of music in ninety-minute performances that start at 7PM. August 25, 2018
Come Play on Labor Day is an event, an invitation and an early autumn ritual in South Bend! Watch the grand parade, take in the fireworks, visit the carnival, join the Tin Man Triathlon — this event has a little bit of everything! September 1-3, 2018
Slow Drag at the Port returns to the Port of Ilwaco for another slow-rolling year. Fans line Howerton Way to watch this classic car competition where slow and steady wins the race — vehicles accelerate about 15 feet before coasting the final 200 yards to the finish line; the car that stops closest to the line is the victor. September 7, 2018
From Model Ts to muscle cars, the Rod Run to the End of the World features acres of automobiles and plenty of chrome eye-candy! Held in Ocean Park, Rod Run attendees will also be treated to food and craft vendors and a swap meet. September 8-9, 2018
Learn more about the Rod Run to the End of the World.
Modern-day treasure hunters will love Cache-Dash-Splash, a relatively new Peninsula event that’s geared toward geocachers and ideal for the whole family. The fun kicks off with a morning check-in at Veteran’s Field in Long Beach before participants begin the Peninsula-wide search. September 14-16, 2018
Learn more about Cache-Dash-Splash.
Celebrate fabulous fall fungi on the Long Beach Peninsula with the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration‘s series of events. Chefs, innkeepers and foragers take pride in featuring and celebrating this natural treasure through the fall harvest season! October 1 – November 15, 2018
Now entering its 48th year, the Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show is the group’s longest-running art event. See artwork created by the Peninsula’s talented creative community. The People’s Choice Ribbon is the show’s top award, and attendees vote for their favorite works. Proceeds from the art raffle benefit a local high school scholarship, the PAA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund and Art Enrichment Program. October 5-7, 2018
The 34th annual Water Music Festival is a three-concert series featuring jazz and classical musicians performing in intimate venues up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. This event also supports local school music programs. October 12-14, 2018
The One Sky, One World Kite Fly for Peace was born out of the Cold War, when a kite featuring American and Soviet flags on each side of a globe was presented to Russian officials by an American dignitary. The kite was received as a symbol of global peace and understanding, and the event has been celebrated across the world ever since. Join the celebration as it enters its 30th year. Participants can build, buy and fly kites. October 13-14, 2018
The annual Cranberrian Fair celebrates the Peninsula’s yearly cranberry harvest and honors the berry’s heritage in southwest Washington. The fair features crafts, vendors, a Cranberry Trolley and food, including the ever-popular cranberry-peach pies. Craft demonstrations include rug hookers and a blacksmith. October 13-14, 2018
Experience the glory of the Columbia River during the Great Columbia Crossing 10k, a unique opportunity to race across the bridge that spans the Washington-Oregon border. The Astoria-Megler Bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America and provides the venue for this fantastic 10k. October 14, 2018
Chinook Indian Nation is holding our annual Holiday Art Auction and Oyster Fry at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (115 SE lake Street in Ilwaco) on Saturday November 10th from 4 PM to 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend this fun and exciting event to help us kick off the holiday season!
Throughout the evening participating tribal members will be singing, drumming, and dancing in the Chinook tradition. There will be a silent auction featuring local and native artists, as well as Chinook fundraising merchandise and items crafted by tribal members and local artists. We will be serving fresh and delicious local oysters, fried to perfection, and served with our Chinook style smoked salmon chowder, coleslaw and garlic bread. We are offering deluxe hot dogs with all the trimmings served with homemade Mac & Cheese as an alternate meal. The desserts are chocolate cake with buttercream icing and pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of water, punch, tea and coffee are also included in the price of the ticket. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door starting at 4PM. We look forward to seeing you there!