July jump-starts summer fun on the Long Beach Peninsula

Summer fun is in the air on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

Stroll through downtown Long Beach or a take weekend walk along the Port of Ilwaco and you’ll be sure to feel a summer sensation – restaurants are hopping, amusement rides are humming, sweets smells of candy, pastries and ice cream are wafting through the air. And every weekend features family-friendly fun, from the mid-July sand castle contests to the end-of-the-month rodeo.

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SandSations is July 12-16 in Long Beach.

The second half of July sees summer kick into high gear. SandSations jump-starts the fun on July 12-16 when sandcastle sculptors from across the country converge on Long Beach. Watch master builders create works of art or take a lesson from a pro and learn how to sculpt your own sand masterpiece. Or gather the family and enter the amateur competition! Be sure to check out the 2nd annual Peninsula Art Association’s ArtSations at the Train Depot in downtown Long Beach, where local artists will showcase their work.

Also that weekend is Clamshell Railroad Days on July 15-16 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco and Music in the Gardens on July 15, when homeowners open their garden gates to the public for a once-a-year tour. Each property offers tasty eats and live music so participants are encouraged to linger. Clamshell Railroad Days at the museum highlights the history of the narrow-gauge railroad that ran along the Long Beach Peninsula from 1888 to 1930. The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days, although children younger than 12 are free. Attractions include model train layouts and the rare opportunity to tour the historic NAHCOTTA rail car.

The following weekend, July 22-23, is the Tokeland Wood & Art Fest, which showcases Tokeland’s rugged wood art community. Chainsaw artists carve up spectacular sights and woodworkers sell unique handmade items. Be sure to visit the Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant while you’re in town.

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The Long Beach Rodeo parade kicks off the rodeo, set for July 29-30.

July concludes with the Long Beach Rodeo and the Deep Canyon Challenge fishing tournament, two events that speak to the peninsula’s heritage. The 72nd annual Long Beach Rodeo on July 29-30 begins with a parade through downtown Long Beach on Friday evening. Rodeo events begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Deep Canyon Challenge on July 28-29 at the Port of Ilwaco attracts tuna fishers from across the Pacific Northwest. A BBQ, auction and the announcement of final results is set for Saturday evening at the Port of Ilwaco.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Find out what’s happening in August and beyond as you plan your summer celebrations.

Upcoming events:

SummerFest – Now through Sept 2-4

Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Fridays through Sept. 29

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturdays through Sept. 23

Community Beach Cleanup – July 5

Waikiki Beach Concert Series – July 8

SandSations – July 12-16

Peninsula Art Associations ArtSations – July 14-15

Music in the Gardens – July 15

Clamshell Railroad Days – July 15-16

Waikiki Beach Concert Series – July 22

Tokeland Wood & Art Fest – July 22-23

Deep Canyon Challenge fishing tournament – July 28-29

Long Beach Rodeo – July 29-30

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