Local Events

Whale Watching on the Coast– January through March

Gray whales annually pass by the Peninsula twice each year, once on their migration from the Arctic to their wintering and breeding grounds in Southern California and Mexico and on the return trip from the southern climes.wa

Beach Cleanup Day– January, April & July

The Grass Roots Garbage Gang organizes 3 days annually where hundreds of locals & visitors come out to clean our 28 miles of beach. All are welcome; head to a beach approach at 9:30 am on clean up day. Free chowder included.

Razor Clam Dig Days– Spring & Fall

Tentative; subject to final marine toxin tests a few days beforehand. Read More.

Windless Kite Festival (Indoor Kite Fly – Presidents Weekend

Indoor kite flying extravaganza, featuring kites choreographed to music. Some perform solos; others work in pairs while still others create group performance. ‘Hot Tricks Shoot Out’ matches 2 flyers in nearly acrobatic flying.

Annual Crab Feed – Mid-January

Crab dinner hosted by Ilwaco High School Booster Club, benefiting local youth. Hot dogs available for children. Held the Saturday of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend each year.

Asian New Year – February

Each year, the World Kite Museum features the kites and cultures of a different Asian country. Uniquely shaped & decorated kites and other folk arts are displayed. Videos, demonstrations and hands-on activities are part of both days’ events.

Spring Break Family Kite Fun – March and April

World Kite Museum hosts their annual Spring Fling Events for kids and families.

Peninsula Quilt Guild Show – Mid-March

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will have over 100 quilts on display, submitted by guild members. Founded in 1996, the Peninsula Quilt Guild has 55 members. Free admission.

Saturday Market at the Port – April through September

Shop for farm fresh produce, handmade crafts, fine art, plants, cut flowers, baked goods and mouthwatering prepared food. Watch the boats go by & catch of the day come in. Uniquely situated on the waterfront. 10 AM–4 PM every Saturday

Peninsula Arts Association Annual Spring Show – Early April

Spring show presents the work of over 60 local artists and unique shopping for inspired creations. Raffle proceeds benefit local high school scholarship.

Black Lake Fishing Derby – Late April

For kids ages 1-14. Free pancake breakfast 7AM; fishing starts at 10:30. Hot dog lunch served. An adult must accompany children. Some fishing poles available (first come, first served). Prizes awarded by age group & aggregate weight.

Annual Loyalty Day Celebration – First Sunday in May

The longest consecutively running Loyalty Day celebration in the nation! The fun begins in local schools with the crowning of Junior and Senior Courts. Main events, including two parades, are on Saturday (Ilwaco) & Sunday (Long Beach).

Summerfest! – May through September

Free, family-friendly entertainment and activities in downtown Long Beach. Bands, balloon art, Mother Goose, Chalk Art, Free Horse and Wagon Rides, Face Painting and more.

Surf Perch Derby – Mid-May

7 AM breakfast: pancakes, ham, eggs. (Extra meals $7.) 6-9 AM check in before fishing req’d. Raffle, door prizes. Prizes for total weight caught for singles/3 person teams. Weigh in 1-3 PM. Pre-reg. $25 or $30 on day.

World’s Longest Garage Sale – Memorial Day Weekend

28-miles of garage sales! Grab a copy of the local paper or just follow the signs. There are so many sales, you can practically walk from one to the next up and down the Peninsula.

Art Walk in Ilwaco – June through September

Businesses open their doors and welcome friends, neighbors and visitors with refreshments and art. Features two raffles with free gifts from all participating shops and restaurants. Peninsula community organizations receive a portion of proceeds.

Waikiki Beach Concert Series – June through August

Free outdoor concerts at amphitheater overlooking Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park. One-hour performances start at 7 PM.

Beach to Chowder 10K Run & 5K Walk/Run and Half Marathon – Mid-June

Participants can choose Half Marathon on Discovery Trail through ocean dunes, 5k walk/run or 10k run with ocean waves breaking nearby. Eight age divisions, many prizes; clam chowder served at awards ceremony.

Annual Northwest Garlic Festival – Mid-June

Garlic food and condiments, garlic games, garlic crafts, live entertainment and the Clove Brothers, all in Ocean Park.

Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturday closest to July 4th

Seating for fireworks over the marina at the Port of Ilwaco is on the lawn in front of the harbor, next to port restaurants and shops. Fireworks at dusk.

Ocean Park’s Old Fashioned 4th of July

Traditional Parade where children are welcome to ride bicycles, adults may build a float & join in and pets can also participate. Nearby, at Sheldon Park, the Art in the Park show – open for artists of all media –features local creations.

Independence Day Fireworks on the Beach – July 4th

Fireworks explode over the ocean in front of the Long Beach boardwalk. With thousands of vacationers enjoying personal fireworks along 28-miles of public beach, the displays go on for hours before and after the official show at dusk.

Clamshell Railroad Days – Mid-July

Celebrate the history of the only railroad that ran with the tides, the IR&N, which served the peninsula from 1889-1930. Visitors can enjoy model railroad layouts from regional train clubs, historical presentations, vendors and bus tour.

Sandsations – Mid-July

Professional sand sculptors build in downtown Long Beach for 3 days, followed by the traditional contest on the beach on Saturday. Free lessons Friday and Saturday. Free hot dogs and Sand Flea Pet Parade Saturday.

Finnish American Folk Festival – Mid-July of even-numbered years

Scandinavian costumes, musicians, cultural & historical presentations. Boot Toss, Wife Carry, May Pole. Food, craft, photo, flower & dance demonstrations. Dance lessons, dancing until midnight, pulla & coffee, squeaky cheese, rieska!

Music in the Gardens – July 21st

Tour a variety of Peninsula gardens. Garden styles may include formal, cottage, vegetable, herb & vintage. Some will feature live performances and recorded music by Water Musical Festival performers.

Annual NPRA Sanctioned Rodeo – Late July

Events include: Bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Stick Horse Race. Enjoy the Drill Team, Cowboy Breakfast, Vendors & Concessions.

Oregon Tuna Classic – Early August
A series of tournaments are sponsored along the OR/WA coast with teams of up to 6 anglers competing to bring in the 5 biggest tuna in aggregate weight. The catch is donated to area food banks. Prizes are offered for top three teams.

Jake the Alligator Man’s Bachelor and Birthday Parties – First Weekend in August

Family fun featuring games, cake & party hats & children’s entertainment, along with a Rat Rod car show during the day. Grown-up entertainment with sideshow performers, burlesque dancers & live music in the evening.

Blues and Seafood in Ilwaco – Mid-August

Hot bands and a food court with local seafood specials, regional beer & wine make the weekend. Both Friday and Saturday venues are along the marina at the port of Ilwaco. Single ticket or Combo with Jazz & Oysters are available.

Jazz & Oysters – Mid-August

Live outdoor jazz event outdoors.  Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the day. Offerings include grilled oysters, fruit & cheese plates & desserts, beverages and libations. Single ticket or Combo with Blues & Seafood are available.

Annual Washington State International Kite Festival – Third Full Week of August

Voted ‘Best Kite Festival in the World’ by Kite Trade Assoc. Int’l. The week includes competitions by professional and amateur kite flyers, choreographed kite flies, mass ascensions, fireworks, lighted night kite flies, vendors & more.

Labor Day Weekend

Spend the last weekend of summer in the traditional way: at the beach!

Annual Chinook Art Festival – Labor Day Weekend

Juried arts & crafts featuring blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil & watercolors, pottery & more!

Slow Drag at the Port – Friday of Rod Run Weekend

Hot Rods line up to compete in a coasting competition. Cars have approximately 15 feet in which to accelerate and then coast for 200 yards. To win, a car must cross the finish line and stop closest to the line.

Rod Run to the End of the World – Weekend After Labor Day

Annual classic car show features thousands of automobiles, from Model As to the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s. Main events are held at Wilson Field in Ocean Park, but the cars will be seen all over the peninsula.

Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show – Early October

Fall show presents the work of over 60 local artists and will have works available for purchasing. Raffle proceeds benefit local high school scholarship.

One Sky, One World Kite Celebration – Second Weekend of October

The World Kite Museum joins people across the globe to promote international friendship and peace. Bring a kite or make one at the Museum. On Skype, watch kites flying in Singapore, Columbia, Minnesota and more.

Annual Cranberrian Fair – Second Weekend of October

During the local cranberry harvest, the Fair celebrates cranberry foods and traditions with craft demonstrations, vendors, the Cranberry Trolley to bog tours and more.

Water Music Festival – Mid October

A series of chamber music performances featuring top-rated professional musicians playing Baroque, light classical music and jazz. The festival includes 5 ticketed concerts, a free concert, and performances for students.

Wild Mushroom Celebration – Mid October through November

The Peninsula is home to 18 varieties of edible wild mushrooms. Participating restaurant, inn and bed & breakfast owners offer daily wild mushroom specials. Workshops, field excursions and prix-fixe dinners also available.

Graveyard of the Pacific Shipwreck Events – Mid-October

The shipwreck heritage of the Columbia Pacific region is commemorated with special events and exhibits. Participants include Columbia River Maritime Museum, Fort Stevens, Cape Disappointment, and Fort Columbia State Parks.

Cribbage Tournament – Early November

Sanctioned by the American Cribbage Congress. Starting Fri. night with doubles & singles play. Sat. is the 22 game main tournament and Sat. night is a 9 game tour. (Play- offs on Sunday).

‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend – Mid-November

When the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery exclaimed ‘Ocian in View,’ they had reached their westward destination. Speakers, bus and walking tours, Chinook tribal seafood dinner and book signings fill this weekend.

Saturday Christmas Market – Mid November through December

16 vendors at the Port of Ilwaco delight your senses and help you find the perfect holiday gifts.

Holidays at the Beach – Weekend following Thanksgiving

3-day weekend of free fun for the family! Friday: ‘The Polar Express’ with Mrs. Claus. Saturday: magic and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sunday: Frosty’s Birthday Party & kick off of December’s “Peninsula Present’s” raffle!

Lighted Boat Parade & Crab Pot Christmas Tree – First Weekend in December

Boat parade from Port of Ilwaco to Cape Disappointment and back.  Open to all boats.  Parade starts at 6 pm following the lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree, weather permitting.

Bed & Breakfast Holiday Home Tour – Early December

Tour beautiful homes and feed the hungry! A donation of a non- perishable food item is requested for each B&B visited. Many have freshly baked gingerbread houses on display. Monday’s tour also benefits the Boys and Girls Club.

Tuba Christmas – Early December

The Astoria Tuba Quartet performs the sounds of the holiday season in an afternoon concert.

Fireworks at Midnight over the Ocean – December 31st

10 minutes of fireworks over the Pacific Ocean in front of the boardwalk in Long Beach.