Summer fun continues into September on the LBP

Summer is a state of mind.

The season that’s supposed to end after Labor Day continues throughout September on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Summertime fun is late sunsets and live music. It’s street festivals and car shows. It’s seafood and barbecues. And it’s always found in Pacific County.

Late-summer fun

September kicks off with Come Play on Labor Day in South Bend from Sept. 2-5. Now in its 54th year, Come Play on Labor Day features a parade and fire department and police demonstrations on Saturday morning, a carnival Saturday and Sunday and fireworks at dusk Sunday evening. All the fun unfolds in downtown South Bend – make a trip to what the locals call “north county” and explore!

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Acres of automobiles at the Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park on Sept. 10-11.

That same weekend is the Chinook Arts Festival on Sept. 3-5. Chinook is known far and wide as a fishing hotspot, but the tiny town on Highway 101 turns into an extended art boutique during these three September days. Find local arts and crafts including blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, wood sculptures and more. While in Chinook, be sure to head a bit further down the road toward Astoria to visit Fort Columbia Historical State Park, a 593-acre expanse rich in history.

And then … Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco cruises into town Sept. 9 and the Rod Run to the End of the World keeps the drive alive on Sept. 10-11 in Ocean Park. Into custom cars and sweet rides? The Rod Run features literally acres of eye candy and the Slow Drags are always a hoot.

A relatively new event stretches summer well into September. Cache-Dash-Splash on Sept. 16-18 enters its second year and it’s safe to say it will be bigger and better than ever. More than 150 geocaches are hidden up and down the Long Beach Peninsula, including 50 new caches. Register here. Another event turning 2 years old is the Seaview Oktoberfest on Sept. 17 at North Jetty Brewing. The event features North Jetty’s regionally renowned brew coupled with local bites. Also enjoy lemonade and gourmet sodas.

Jimmy Thackery B&S

Jimmy Thackery headlines Blues & Seafood on Sept. 23-24 at the Port of Ilwaco.

September wraps up with Blues and Seafood at the Port of Ilwaco on Sept. 23-24. Blues legend Jimmy Thackery headlines this year’s event. Fan favorites smoked salmon chowder and smoked oysters will be among the featured food. The party runs from 3:30 to 10 p.m. each day. Find tickets here.

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or


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