No one really needs a reason to come to Cannon Beach—the beautiful beaches, the shopping, the food, the hikes—it’s all more than enough to keep you busy throughout the year. But Cannon Beach comes to life in the spring in more ways than one, with gorgeous flowers blooming and plenty of events to keep you laughing, thinking and creating. Take a look at just a few:
Cannon Beach Comedy Festival
Friday, March 17-Saturday, March 18, 2023
Need a laugh? (Don’t we all?) Make your reservations now for the 3rd Annual Cannon Beach Comedy Festival brought to you by the Tolovana Arts Colony! This year’s fest features nationally-renowned comics like Kyle Kinane (Conan, The Tonight Show, Bob’s Burgers), Brent Weinbach (Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Portland’s own Arlo Weierhauser (Disney’s Timmy Failure, Colbert) and more.
Paint and Sip at Pelican Brewing
Interested in painting but never had a chance to learn? It’s never too late. Come to Pelican Brewing once a month on Wednesday nights to paint with Oregon artist Dawning McGinnis. Dawning creates an inclusive and fun environment for folks at any skill level. And when you mix it with the delicious lagers, IPAs, stouts and ales at Pelican Brewing, it kinda doesn’t matter how well you paint, does it? Classes are $45.
Get Lit at the Beach
Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16, 2023
The venn diagram of book lovers and beach lovers has always had a huge intersection—why else would there be an entire genre called “beach reads?” So we can’t think of a better spot to hold a literary festival than Cannon Beach.
This year’s Get Lit fest is a busy one—it includes an author meet and greet on Friday night, a lit crawl with author readings at local venues on Saturday, a moderated Q&A, presentations, and a keynote dinner on Sunday.
Featured authors this year include Terry Brooks, the author of 40 bestselling novels and the memoir Sometimes the Magic Works; author and journalist Omar El Akkad whose novel American War won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award; author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt; novelist and TV writer Elise Hooper, and immersion reporter and Los Angeles Times bestselling author Lauren Kessler.
Spring Unveiling Arts Festival
Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7, 2023
Did you know that Cannon Beach was named one of America’s 100 best art towns? With 15 galleries in just a few short blocks downtown, it’s a great spot to discover new artists.
Every spring, Cannon Beach art galleries collect new works from their most popular artists to present at the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. The artists will appear as guests or will curate special exhibitions of their latest work.
Weekends in May book up quickly, so book your reservation soon to discover new gems from your favorite Oregon artists!
Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival
Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14
Wondering what a fat bike is? It’s a bit of a misnomer – the bike itself isn’t fat, just the tires. Fat bike tires are between four and five inches wide, making them ideal for riding diverse terrain, like sand, snow and mountains.
The Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival features beach bike rides, a self-guided ride on the Blotchy Creek Trails, a scavenger hunt and a bonfire with Fat Bike games and activities. Register here!
Want to explore Cannon Beach by bike, but don’t want to participate in the fest? We’ve got you covered. We offer free bike rentals to our guests, so you can tool around town to your heart’s content.
Whether you’re a lover of art, literature, cycling or just need a few laughs, this spring in Cannon Beach is chock full of events to keep you active and engaged.