Sandcastle Contest Cannon Beach 2015

One of the most exciting annual events held in Cannon Beach, Oregon! We always look forward to this weekend and would love for you to join us!

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Cannon Beach will celebrate the 51st anniversary of its annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 20, 2015. The event is one of the oldest sandcastle contest in the United States and the most popular annual event in Cannon Beach. A tradition in Cannon Beach, Sandcastle weekend attracts thousands of visitors and locals,  who come to build fanciful creations or just watch the fun.  The contest includes division ranging from Masters, who create amazing sculptures, to groups and children ready for creative fun in the sand.

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10-5 pm         Packet n’ Pail Pickup – Chamber Community Hall

6-7:30 pm      Shovels & Bucket Dinner

5:30 pm         Parade


7am – 1pm   Sandcastle Contest

7pm                Concert

8pm                Bonfire


9am                5K Fun Run

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest History: A tsunami is credited with being the genesis of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. An earthquake in Alaska in March of 1964 created a tsunami wave that hit the Northwest coast. Cannon Beach’s downtown suffered from flooding and the Ecola Creek bridge was washed away. Local residents got together that summer to put on a community Sandcastle Contest to raise spirits. Recognizing the potential draw of such an event, the event was promoted to the public the next year in an effort to bring tourists back to town. The event grew, began attracting tens of thousands of visitors and the Sandcastle Contest weekend is still one of the busiest weekends of the year for Cannon Beach.