Here’s what to do on the coast this summer!
Make the most of your time on the coast. Whether you are planning your stay around a specific event or looking for fun things to so while you’re here, we’ve got the line-up of summer festivals, celebrations, and ongoing events on both sides of the river.
Check out the Adrift Hospitality Event Calendar for more activities at Adrift locations.
Summer Festivals and Events
Long Beach Peninsula, WA
May 25-27, 2023
World’s Longest Garage Sale is a tradition on the peninsula. Garage sales begin as early as Chinook through Ilwaco, continuing along the peninsula to Seaview, Long Beach, Klipsan Beach, Ocean Park, Oysterville and more! Start and stop times will vary, so will the days each garage sale is open, everyone picks their days and times, best thing to do is drive around!
June 8 - June 1, 2023
The Cascadia Mandolin-Guitar Festival in Astoria is a celebration of some of the most beautiful and intricate stringed instruments. This annual event brings together talented musicians from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond to showcase their skills and share their love of music. From bluegrass to classical and everything in between, attendees can enjoy a variety of performances, workshops, and jam sessions. With the stunning backdrop of Astoria’s historic buildings and waterfront, this festival offers a truly unique and memorable experience for music lovers of all ages.
Astoria Pride Weekend
June 9-11, 2023
Xanadu Pride Dance Parties – Friday & Saturday nights June 9 & 10
June 16-18, 2023
This festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrants from the Nordic lands. During the three days of the festival, over a dozen Nordic musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Nordic import items, and traditional Nordic foods. It is not necessary to be Scandinavian to enjoy this festival.
2023 Pacific County Pride Festival
June 23 – Pride Festival – Chinook, WA
June 24 – Pride Festival – Long Beach, WA
June 25 – Pride Festival – Raymond, WA
A weekend-long pride celebration of love and diversity with events in 3 locations around Pacific County, WA.
Long Beach, WA
Jul 12 – 16, 2023
Every summer, the Long Beach Peninsula comes alive with the Sandsations Sandcastle Festival. This four-day event features sandcastle building competitions, live music, and food vendors. The festival draws thousands of visitors each year, making it a great opportunity for businesses to attract customers.
July 15-16, 2023
Come on down to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco this July 15th and 16th for our annual celebration of our very own Clamshell Railroad! There will be hand-built model railroads galore, fun activities for the kids, and you can even avail yourself of this once-per-year opportunity to tour the historic railcar NAHCOTTA. Hope to see you there!
Long Beach, WA
July 28-30, 2023
The Long Beach Rodeo is an annual event that celebrates the excitement and tradition of the American West. This thrilling rodeo features a variety of events, including bull riding, barrel racing, and roping, as well as live music and food vendors. Attendees can witness the skill and athleticism of the riders and their horses as they compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. With its festive atmosphere and stunning ocean backdrop, the Long Beach Rodeo is the perfect way to experience the thrill of the rodeo while enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Amiran White: Photographic Exhibit of the Chinook Indian Nation @ Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
August 4 – November 11, 2023
Amiran White has a message to share from the Chinook people. The photographer, who has spent many years documenting the five tribes together known as the Chinook Indian Nation, hopes to increase public awareness of the tribes’ decades long struggle for federal recognition.
(*** How do you pronounce Chinook? The C-H in Chinook sounds like the C-h in “chin”, “chipmunk”, “church”, and “chickadee”.)
Aug 10 – 13, 2023
The 2023 Seaside Volleyball Tournament is an annual event that draws players and spectators from all over the country to the beautiful shores of Seaside, Oregon. This year’s tournament promises to be bigger and better than ever, with thrilling matches, exciting entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and enjoy all that Seaside has to offer. With teams of all levels competing for the top prize, there’s never been a better time to join in the fun and experience the excitement of beach volleyball at its finest. So gather your team, pack your sunscreen, and get ready to hit the sand for an unforgettable weekend of volleyball and beachside fun!
Ocean Park, WA
August 12, 2023 12:30 – 6:30 PM
Jazz & Oysters is held at the Port of Peninsula where freshly harvested oysters and other shellﬁsh are brought in daily. Come celebrate, listen to our line-up of amazing performers, dance, enjoy delicious food, drinks and the spectacular view of the bay and Willapa Hills! This event is Kid-friendly!
Washington State International Kite Festival
Long Beach, WA
Aug 21-27, 2023
The Washington State International Kite Festival is one of the largest kite festivals in North America. Held annually in August, the festival attracts kite enthusiasts from all over the world. In addition to kite flying competitions, the festival also features food vendors, live music, and arts and crafts vendors.
Ocean Park, WA
Aug 25 & 26, 2023
The Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival is an annual event in Washington State that brings together talented musicians from across the country for a weekend of music, dancing, and fun. Attendees can enjoy a diverse lineup of blues and rhythm and blues performers, along with food and craft vendors, and more. With its stunning bay views and lively atmosphere, the festival provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend of non-stop entertainment. Whether you’re a die-hard blues fan or simply looking for a fun-filled weekend on the coast, the Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival is not to be missed.
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, WA
September 22 - 24, 2023
The Wings Over Willapa Festival is an annual event held in Washington State that celebrates the amazing diversity of birds found along the Willapa Bay. Attendees can enjoy a variety of activities, including guided birding tours, photography workshops, and educational presentations by experts in the field. The festival offers a unique opportunity to observe a wide range of bird species in their natural habitats, including shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors. With its stunning coastal scenery and wide variety of birdlife, the Wings Over Willapa Festival is a must-attend event for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Ocean Park, WA
September 9-10, 2023
Since 1986, the Beach Barons Car Club has hosted a car show for approximately 750 participants to show off their cars to avid attendees at their 30 acre field, the weekend after Labor Day. There are also food, car product and craft vendors plus a Swap Meet on the field.
Ocean Park, WA
September 16 – 18, 2023
Specialty food and craft vendors will offer up this supernatural powered herb, prepared and put to use in every imaginable way including some ways that go beyond.
Ongoing Summer Events
Waikiki Beach Free Concert Series, Cape Disappointment
June 10 – Shifty Sailors
June 24 – Podorythmie
July 8 – The Hackles
July 22 – The Brownsmead Flats
August 12 – Old Growth Band
August 26 – Nā Lei ‘Ehā
North Head Lighthouse Tours, Cape Disappointment
Tours are available every 15 minutes from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The last tour is at 3:00 p.m. They will run daily through September 30th. $3.00 per adult. Children between 7 – 17 are free and children under the age of 7 are too young to climb to the tower.
RC Sailboat Sailing @ Columbia River Maritime Museum
Beginning Saturday, May 6 visitors of all ages and abilities can try their hand at the science of sailing with our remote-controlled sailboats. Rentals will run every Saturday through June from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Museum admission is not required to participate. Suggested donation for renting our boats is $5.
May 6 – September 30, 2023 10 am – 4 pm
The Ilwaco Saturday Market is a weekly event held in Long Beach during the summer months. Visitors can browse local vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal goods.
Astoria Sunday Market, at the heart of Astoria’s Downtown, combines fresh produce, local arts & crafts, food, music and more in a lively downtown street market atmosphere. The market features up to 200 vendors each week offering locally-made products that have been hand-crafted, grown, created or gathered by the farmers, craftspeople and artisans featured each week. In addition, the Market has a lively food court with regional entertainment making this the gathering place each Sunday for locals and visitors to the region.
Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment!
First Saturday of the month, 5-7pm
Seaside’s First Saturday Art Walk is a free event that takes place between Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in the Historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside.
May 19 – July 8, 2023
The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum presents the exhibit “Portraits in Red: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Painting Project” by Nayana LaFond from May 19 – July 8, 2023. Nayana LaFond is an artist of Anishinaabe, Abenaki and Mi’kmaq descent who lives in Massachusetts. With the permission of the families and/or victims, Nayana has painted the portraits of about 90 people around the country who have been victimized. To date, the work has only been shown on the East Coast of the United States. She is doing this to keep the memories of those lost alive and to shed light on the issues connected to this crisis. Approximately 20 women from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Northern California and 20 women from around the nation will be represented in the 40 portraits that will constitute the Pacific Northwest tour.
Long Beach, WA
June – September| Fridays 12 – 5 PM
The market operates in downtown Long Beach June through September on Friday afternoons / early evenings, 12 pm to 5 pm. At the market, you talk with food purveyors while you purchase your week’s produce, seafood, meat, eggs and dairy, locally-made baked goods, regionally-made packaged foods, flowers and plants, on-site prepared foods, and artisan crafts. You can sit and listen to music or other entertainment, beat your friend at checkers, chat and dance with your neighbor, watch someone cook, or learn about a community non-profit organization.