Why You Need to Attend the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Grab your shovels and buckets and join us for one of the most fun annual competitions in town! The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest has become a beloved tradition for many local and visiting families along the Oregon Coast. Let it become part of yours! Find out everything you need to know about this great event.

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Attend the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest in 2018

The 54th Annual Sandcastle Contest will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. While you may find similar competitions across the country, Cannon Beach’s version is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. Dozens of teams, from professional sculptors to total amateur, try to sculpt incredible, elaborate structures. The “Masters Division” will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, while everyone competes for bragging rights. The rules are simple: you may only use natural materials found on the beach and you may not use any paint, adhesives, or cement.

The Schedule of Events

The fun begins the day before the event. After the Packets n’ Pail Pickup, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, there is the Sandcastle Parade at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the day starts with an American Legion Pancake Feed, which will occur from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Support military service people and veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast when you purchase a ticket to this event. At noon, the sandcastle contest begins! Whether you’re watching or participating, you’ll definitely want to hang around the beach to see the action. Final judging will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the awards presentation to follow. From 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy live music played on the beach, with a bonfire starting at 8:00 p.m.

Run for Fun

If you’re not too tired after a night of celebration, sign up for the Sandcastle Singing Sands 5K! Starting from a section of beach off of 2nd Street in downtown Cannon Beach, this event is just $35 for each participant and includes a commemorative t-shirt and medallion.

Stay with Starfish Vacation Rentals

Are you ready to participate in all of the fun at the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest? Then book a home with Starfish Vacation Rentals! Don’t wait – the properties in our inventory sell out quickly for this amazing event. Browse through our selection of Cannon Beach vacation rentals. While you’re at it, take a look at the rest of our homes in Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, and Arch Cape.

Book your stay today! We look forward to having you.