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What To Do On The Oregon Coast

Seafood festivals, kite flying contests, fishing derbies and outrageously comical performances - are just some of the highlights you will find during your visit to the Oregon Coast.

Oregon Coast Entertainment

Shanghaied in Astoria, presented by the Astor Street Opry Company, invites the family to get involved, from boos to cheers and throwing popcorn at the villian.  Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, July -August  Astoria Eagles' Fritz Westman Hall, Ninth and Commercial Streets Doors open at 7:00


Sawdust Theatre Melodrama & Olio Dancers  Every Saturday night, Friday nights starting May 22 Frolicking musical performances (boos and catcalls allowed) in Downtown Coquille, just 15 mile east of Coos Bay. 8pm 396-4563


Pistol River Concerts - Great concerts presented monthly at this music hall in tiny Pistol River.  From Jazz to Latino, you'll always find great music and a good time. 


The Ark - Restored art deco 1936 theatre hosts events throughout the year.  Dancing every Friday, including tango, ballroom and themed dance.   Newport


Yachats Big Band - Dance to the Big Band Classics of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others, first Thursday at the Yachats Commons.


Oregon Coast Events


Seafood & Wine Festival In its 32nd year, enjoy the finest Pacific Northwest wine and seafood at the Newport Marina at South Beach. Feb 20 - 22  Must be 21 with ID to attend

Astoria Regatta is a weeklong extravaganza of parades, sailboat races, tours of historical homes, carnivals, demolition derbies and fireworks. Second weekend in August 

50th Annual Sandcastle Day in Cannon Beach attracts over 20,000 visitors. Over 1,000 participants have four hours to create their sand castle sculptures. Adults and children rush to claim their patch of sand to begin work on some of the most imaginative castles they can think of.  June 21    436-2623

Make plans to attend the PIG-N-FORD RACES during the Tillamook County Fair. So hysterical you won't believe it!  Watch ten teams catch their pig, crank their Model T and race to put the pig in its pen.  August

The 55th Annual Dory Festival features a grand river boat parade during the third weekend of July.  The boat parade starts at 9:00 on Saturday followed by a street parade at 10:000.  Other events include Dory boat demos, a barn dance, bingo, fish fry, ice-cream social and much more.  Pacific City 965-3685   

Sandcastle Contest, Lincoln City, August 9, a festive family event with many prizes and surprises! 541-996-3800

Wooden Boat Show offers 2 full days of fun events including live music, artists & vendors, great seafood, children's activities and the Great Yaquina River Race!  In Toledo, just minutes from Newport  Aug

Waldport's Beachcomber Days - features the Queen�s Coronation on Friday night and the grand Parade at Noon on Saturday. Car show, the famous slug race and lots of food, crafts, games and fun. June 

Yachats Smelt Fry and Yachats Music festival. The basalt beaches of Yachats is one of the few places on the Oregon coast where smelt come ashore to spawn.   Each year Yachats hosts the Smelt Fry with a variety of tastily prepared smelt, classical music from San Francisco musicians, and a variety of activities.   July

Rhododendron Festival  Daily events include a carnival, Elks chicken barbecue, Rhododendron festival Dance, Junior Parade, Rhody Mosey, Show-n-Shine Car Cruise, Grand Marshall Reception,  Grand Floral Parade and lots more Rhody Days fun.   May Florence

Tsalila - Umpqua River festival A celebration of the river and its salmon to encourage the preservation of both this coastal treasures.   Sponsored in part by coastal Indian Tribes, the festival features native demonstrations and dances, as well as traditional alder-cooked salmon.  Additional events include the Salmon Parade of local school children and Salmon Forum for adults.   An entertaining and informative weekend in Reedsport. September   Sept

Ocean Fest features Flea Market, Car Show & Shine & Cruise, Kayak Races, Quilt Shows, Seafood Barbecue and 50's Dance and beer garden.  Children's Parade at noon, Saturday, in Reedsport.  Winchester Bay, Reedsport July

Tenmile Drag Boat Races  Two days of drag boat racing on beautiful Tenmile Lake located in the community of Lakeside, just 12 miles south of Reedsport.  Carnival and Saturday evening Laser light show make this a great family week-end. 

Bring the family and enjoy great family games, sandcastle contest, arts & crafts, live entertainment and, of course, delicious seafood!  Aug Charleston Seafood Festival, just south of Coos Bay.