Get Ready for an Action-Packed Weekend on the Peninsula!

Oregon Tuna Classic: This year’s Oregon Tuna Classic will feature two full days of fishing! Fishing begins at 7:30AM on Friday, July 26, with a required check-in time by 6:00PM. Friday night there will be a mandatory 7:00 PM Captains meeting in the big tent located in the north parking lot at the Port of Ilwaco. Saturday starts early with a 6:00AM shotgun start just across the Columbia River bar with a required check-in time by 5:00PM. The fun continues Saturday evening with a huge BBQ, auction, and the final results of the weekend activities. There will also be a Photo Scavenger Hunt for OTC participant family members.


Salmon Fishing is HOT! Local Charter Fishing companies are reporting great news for Salmon fishing! Boats are limiting out early! Silvers are reported being an average of 6-8 lbs and Kings weighing in at 15 lbs and up! The ocean has supplied nice calm waters and beautiful skies, making this salmon season one to remember! Salmon fishing in the Columbia River opens August 1. Be sure to enter the Salmon Derby for your chance to win some great prizes!


68th Annual NPRA Sanctioned Rodeo: The Peninsula Saddle Club and Brim’s Farm and Garden are  hosting the 68th Annual Long Beach Rodeo at 6407 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. Events start on Friday evening at 6:30PM, with a rodeo parade through downtown Long Beach. Enjoy a delicious Cowboy Breakfast at the rodeo grounds on both Saturday and Sunday from 7AM-11AM. The rodeo starts at 1PM on Saturday and Sunday. There will be drill team performances, a beer garden, vendors, concessions stands and more. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; and children 6 to 12 will be admitted for $5. Parking is free. There is a discount for pre-sale tickets available at any Peninsula Pharmacy.

Waikiki Beach Concert Series VIII: Experience music from the shore of Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park twice a month in July and Aug. The annual concert series returns to the Confluence Project Amphitheater, featuring Americana, blues, rock, R&B, folk, bluegrass, country and world music. All performances begin at 7PM. Concerts are free but a Discovery Pass is required for your vehicle. Remaining performances are scheduled as follows:

July 27 – The Resolectrics (americana, rock, classic R&B, folk)
Aug. 10 – Sugarcane (bluegrass, blues, funk, Caribbean)
Aug. 24 – The Ben Rice Band (rockabilly, swamp rock, country)

SummerFest: The festivities continue on the weekends throughout the summer in downtown Long Beach with free family friendly activities and horse-drawn wagon rides. It runs Noon to 5PM on Saturday and 11AM to 4PM on Sunday. This weekend will feature the talents of KO KO JO Band a rock band, on Saturday from 1PM-4PM and again on Sunday from 11AM-2PM at the Veterans Field Stage in downtown Long Beach.

Events on the Horizon

Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, through October 11, 2013
Jake’s 7th Annual 75th Birthday Bash – Long Beach, August 2 & 3, 2013
Race Against Violence – Long Beach, August 3, 2013
Surf n’ Saddle Jr. Rodeo – Long Beach, August 9-11, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, August 10, 2013

Surf’s Up on the New Skookum Surf Cam!

The Long Beach Peninsula Is Only A Few Clicks Away!

The Long Beach Peninsula hosts eight active webcams, perfectly located for your favorite picturesque views. Whether you want to check out the waves crashing onto the beach, see the winding path of the Discovery Trail through the dunes and onto the sand, spot the activity on the Willapa Bay at the Port of the Peninsula, watch the visitors stroll along the main street of Long Beach, or view the traffic on the Astoria Megler Bridge from both Washington and Oregon sides. Each and every one of these unique viewpoints is at your fingertips.

Here is a selection of some of our Live Webcams:

The Surf Cam
Check out the waves on the Long Beach Peninsula! The Surf Cam is anchored at [pickled fish] eat + drink, an eclectic bar and grill specializing in fresh, creative, locally inspired cuisine. [pickled fish] is located on the top floor of the oceanfront Adrift Hotel on the Sid Snyder beach approach. It has fabulous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Boardwalk, and the Discovery Trail. Watch the setting sun, catch spectacular 4th of July fireworks, and be sure to witness the kite filled sky during the Washington State International Kite Festival during the third week of August.

The Tree Cam
The City of Long Beach commissioned a 20-foot tall bronze statue of a windswept tree to commemorate the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition. The tree is an interpretation of the tree in which William Clark carved his initials in on Nov. 19, 1805 not far from this very spot. The bronze tree was installed along the Discovery Trail in October of 2003 – 8.5 mile paved coastal path stretching from Ilwaco to Long Beach. The Tree statue can be accessed at The Breakers Discovery Trail approach.

The Oyster Cam
The Port of Peninsula is located in the middle of the Long Beach Peninsula at Nahcotta on Willapa Bay and has about 90 boat slips. A brow hoist boat sling is available for lifting boats (30′ and under) into and out of Willapa Bay. Power and water are available, as is a public boat launch ramp and the only boat sewage pumpout station located on Willapa Bay. The Port of Peninsula boasts the only fully approved, above ground, commercial fueling facility on Willapa Bay as well. There are fifteen Oyster Dredges working out of the Port.

Please keep in mind that if your view appears as if the glass is wet, it is probably raining. If a partial image appears, it is likely that your browser was updating to the most recent image and the old and new images have overlapped. Just reload or refresh the page and the latest image will be captured. Do not despair if most of what you see is black; it may be nighttime at the beach.

Events on the horizon:
Summer Fest – Long Beach, May 25 – September 2, 2013
Free Admission to WA State Parks – Statewide, June 1, 8 & 9, 2013
Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby – Ilwaco, June 1, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 8, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, June 14-October 11 2013
Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, June 15-16 2013
Beach to Chowder Walk/Run 5k/10k– Long Beach, June 22, 2013

Let the Summer Fishing Frenzy Begin!

The Ilwaco Charter Fishing Association presents the Ilwaco Sturgeon Derby

Sturgeon Season starts May 11 and runs through July 4th, and is open 7 days a week. The Sturgeon Derby begins June 1 and runs throughout the remainder of the season. Weekly prizes for the biggest catch and overall prize for the season. Come out and catch the fish of your dreams just like the woman pictured aboard the Sea Quest, a charter boat in the Sea Breeze Charters Fleet. The Port of Ilwaco offers a variety of wonderful Charter Fishing Companies to get you out on the water.

Sturgeon are the largest freshwater species Washington anglers are likely to encounter. These prehistoric fish are found in the waters of the Columbia River and Willapa Bay tributaries. Both green and white sturgeon are caught locally, but whites are the most common and certainly the largest, sometimes measuring over eight feet and weighing several hundred pounds.

Sturgeon feed on the bottom, cruising along and picking up tasty morsels with their sucker-like mouth. Anglers usually fish for them with smelt, shrimp and other baits. Hooked sturgeon, especially the larger ones, may jump completely out of the water, providing a spectacular show for anglers or anyone who happens by at the right time! Since sturgeon must be between 42 and 60 inches to keep, many of them get caught and thrown back, making it an exciting day. There’s nothing like seeing the twinkle in the eye of a youngster who pulls in a fish taller than she is!

First time on the water, no problem! A sturgeon fishing trip on the Columbia River is perfect for those who might be concerned about sea-sickness. Sturgeon trips start at 5am and last for 8 hours or until the boat limits out.

If fishing isn’t your forte, but you still want to see all that the Columbia River has to offer, then hop aboard the Columbia River Eco Tours, Christina Cousteau, a 40’ Tollycraft Yacht with heated cabin and restroom facilities. Often you will have the opportunity to view Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons and Canada Geese amongst the abundant species of waterfowl in the area. A wildlife photographers delight!

If taking a boat trip is beyond your interest but you love the rich, flaky, and mild flavor of sturgeon, then look no further than our local restaurants and fish markets who offer seasonal specials.

Dine at the source! Dine at The Depot Restaurant, The Shelburne Inn, 42nd Street Cafe & Bistro, Aloha Charlie, Ole Bob’s Seafood Market, or stay the night with Boreas Inn as they are among the select eateries that highlight sturgeon during its seasonal run.

The Ilwaco Charter Association Salmon Derby begins June 22 and runs through Labor Day.

Events on the horizon:
Summer Fest – Long Beach,  Weekends, May 25 – September 2, 2013
Free Admission to WA State Parks – Statewide, June 8 & 9, 2013
Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby – Ilwaco, June 1, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 8 & 22, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, June 14-October 11, 2013
Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, June 15-16, 2013
Beach to Chowder Walk/Run 5k/10k– Long Beach, June 22, 2013

Garlic Festival: Where it’s Chic to Reek

My Garlic ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Bulb of Infamy, To Thee We Sing

For the 32nd consecutive year, we celebrate Garlic! What pairs well with seafood? GARLIC, of course! In the land of clams, crab and oysters we take time out of our lives to celebrate the little things. Humans have consumed garlic for well over 7,000 years. It has many purposes medicinal and culinary. And is the perfect complement to many of our favorite foods and dishes.

The inaugural Northwest Garlic Festival was held June 25, 1982 near the Ark Restaurant, located in Nahcotta, WA. Nanci Main and Jimella Lucas, owner/chefs of the legendary Ark Restaurant for its 25 year lifespan, came up with the idea and initiated the festival, dubbing it as the 1st Annual Italian Independence Day & Garlic Festival. Their passion for culinary excellence and love of garlic was the driving force behind what we now know as the Northwest Garlic Festival. The success of the event forced it to move to a larger venue. Both Nanci and Jimella are still participating through their current Klipsan Beach restaurant, Jimella and Nanci’s Market Café, and garlic aficionados will still be able to savor their delicious garlic ice cream.

Come out and celebrate the passion for this bountiful bulb with the masses at the 32nd  Annual Northwest Garlic Festival held in Ocean Park, WA located on the Long Beach Peninsula. Peninsulites hold garlic very dear to their hearts as the Long Beach Peninsula is a known foodie destination and garlic is the key ingredient in many of our favorite local recipes.

The festivities will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10AM-5PM, and on Sunday, June 16, from 10AM-4PM. Admission is FREE, parking is FREE, and there will be live music, crafts, food vendors, and of course, plenty of garlic! The local 4-H Club will also be there and welcoming children to their petting zoo. The festival takes place at Wilson Field, the home of the Beach Barons Rod Run to the End of the World, located at 25815 Sandridge Road, Ocean Park, WA.

The North Coast Blues band will perform from 1:30 PM until festival closing on both Saturday and Sunday. The Ilwaco High School Jazz Band will grace the stage on Saturday from 10AM-1PM, and on Sunday you can enjoy the musical delights of Double J and the Boys from 10AM-1PM. Keep your eyes peeled for the Clove Brothers, they are the ambassadors of the Garlic Festival and a photograph with them is a must!

Every year there is a specially selected, commemorative poster. The unveiling is free and open to the public on Friday, June 7 at 6PM. The reception takes place at the Ocean Park Lighthouse Realty office located at 25810 Vernon Ave in Ocean Park. Light food and beverages will be provided by the Peninsula Arts Association. The winning artist will be in attendance as well. Poster sales are a fundraiser for the Peninsula Arts Association Scholarship and Art Enrichment programs. Bring the whole family and come out and celebrate!

Fun Fact! At one of the Garlic Dinners hosted by the Nanci and Jimella, John D. Morse composed “Garlic Anthem” as part of a garlic poetry contest. It was such a hit that it was sung each year at the beginning of the garlic dinner. Everyone would stand, raise their glasses and sing:

My Garlic ‘tis of Thee
Sweet Bulb of Infamy
To thee we sing
You give our food such zest.
You garnish all our breath
We all love you the best.
Long may you reign

Tall Ships are Setting Sail for the Port of Ilwaco

The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain are docking at the Port of Ilwaco June 27 through June 30, 2013. Come aboard and take a self-guided tour. Crews from both ships will be on hand in period costumes to answer questions and tell stories. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

The Hawaiian Chieftan is a one-of-a-kind Tall Ship with a fascinating story. She originated in Hawaii and is a swift split-topsail ketch that has sailed many places, including Tahiti and the Atlantic Ocean. The Hawaiian Chieftain joins the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, in educational cruises and ambassadorial visits along the west coast throughout the year. The Hawaiian Chieftain also makes solo port visits as a sail training and education vessel.

The Lady Washington is a beautiful brig that embodies American maritime history of the late 1700s and early 1800s. She is a traditionally built replica launched on March 7, 1989. The Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Wash., by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington.  She is the more famous of the two vessels as she has made several movie appearances and most recently was featured in a new music video produced by the Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore. The video promotes the artist’s single “Can’t Hold Us,”  and was shot earlier this year while the vessel was in Ventura and Oakland, Calif.

Make a weekend out of it! The beautiful fishing community of Ilwaco has so much to discover! Be sure to check out the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s newest exhibition: From the Water to the Woods: 125 Years of Local Rail. They offer FREE admission on Thursdays. After stopping off at the Museum, check out the different art galleries along the Port of Ilwaco. There you will find local artists such as Don Nisbett, Queen La De Da, and Marie Powell. You can also spend the day relaxing at nearby Azure salon, enjoying a wonderful massage, manicure, pedicure, or even a makeover!

Looking for fresh seafood? Look no further than the delicious seafood markets of Ole Bob’s and Jessie’s. Or let someone else do the cooking! The RedWagon Sausages & Soups at the Port offers a great menu for you to take your meal and sit along the waters edge, or enjoy contemporary fine dining along the Port with a premier view of the waterfront at the Pelicano Restaurant. You can also pick up some tasty bites, fresh produce, and interesting treasures at the Saturday Market at the Port.

Sturgeon and Salmon fishing is also in full swing – with many great charters to choose from you will find what works best for you and your party!  Book your charter fishing trip today! If you are in need of lodging, Ilwaco has a variety of accommodations – whether you are staying here for a fishing trip or you are looking for a quiet relaxing getaway that includes a gourmet continental breakfast!

 Events on the horizon:

Summer Fest – Long Beach,  Weekends, through September 2, 2013
Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby – Ilwaco, through September 2, 2013
Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, June 15-16, 2013
Art Night at the Marina – Ilwaco, June 20, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 22, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, June 14-October 11, 2013
Beach to Chowder Walk/Run 5k/10k – Long Beach, June 22, 2013
Doggie Olympic Games – Long Beach, June 28-29, 2013

Get Ready to Run!

Whether you are lucky enough to live near a beach or you have the opportunity to travel to one, running on the sand provides a soft running surface with a view.

Take a vacation for your health! Nowadays its all about living an active lifestyle and enjoying the beauty all around us. With a breathtaking 28-mile stretch of ocean beach, it is no wonder that Peninsulites love to run and host a multitude of races. From fun-runs, and Relay for Life, to half marathons, duathlons and sprint triathlons! Who wouldn’t like to run along our soft rolling hills, steep inclines, and refreshing beach trails? The views alone make you feel as if you have won the race!

Check out some of the great runs!

Beach to Chowder 5K/10K Walk/Run, Long Beach

Walk or run a 5k or 10K on our beautiful white sand beach with ocean waves breaking just a few yards away. Work up an appetite with the race of your choice, then get ready to enjoy delicious clam chowder with your friends and family and enjoy all that the Peninsula has to offer. June 22, 2013

Firecracker 5K Walk/Run, Ilwaco

Run or walk the 2nd Annual Firecracker 5K. The race starts at the Port of Ilwaco and is notable for being as challenging as it is beautiful! The trail climbs up to the Cape Disappointment headlands on the south end of the Discovery Trail and back. Perfect for those who love to sprint up and fly down steep hills. July 6, 2013

Race Against Violence, Long Beach

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project 5k run/walk course is on the beach at the Bolstad approach. This is a memorial race that was created to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds to help victims and survivors. August 3, 2013

Discovery Trail Half Marathon, Long Beach

Follow the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the Discovery Trail Half Marathon through the contours of the beautiful sand dunes with ocean waves breaking nearby. There are eight age divisions and many prizes. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. This is a certified and chip timed course. September 14, 2013

Relay for Life, Ilwaco

Relay for Life is a fun overnight event and national fundraiser for the fight against cancer. Teams of 8-15 gather with camping gear to participate in the unique and inspiring fund-raising walk. Funds raised help in cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held in Ilwaco. September 21-22, 2013

Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, Ilwaco

The Triathlon course launches from Black Lake Park in Ilwaco and includes a 500 meter swim (1540′), 12.2 mile bike ride (19.6km), and a 3.1 mile (5k) run!  The park is the transition area for all three legs. The Duathlon follows the same course excluding the swim. It begins with a 1.6 mile run, and will start when the Triathlon begins. September 21, 2013

Stay at the Beach!
The Long Beach Peninsula has ample lodging ranging from gourmet Bed & Breakfasts, romantic boutique inns, family-friendly hotels, beautiful beach vacations rentals, and picturesque campsites and RV parks! The Peninsula has something for everyone!

Dine at the source!  Load up on delicious and local fare to fuel you through your race! Don’t forget to indulge on the decadent treats offered by many of our local eateries to reward yourself for all of your hard work and training!

Discovery Awaits! There’s plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained before and after your race! Whether you like to continue on your adventure and hike beautiful trails, take a bike ride along our Discovery Trail, Surf the mighty Pacific Ocean, have a spa day, go on a unique shopping trip, or curl up with a new book!

Events on the horizon:

Summer Fest – Long Beach,  Weekends, through September 2, 2013
Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby – Ilwaco, through September 2, 2013
Art Night at the Marina – Ilwaco, June 20, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 22, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, through-October 11, 2013
Doggie Olympic Games – Long Beach, June 28-29, 2013

Calling All Canines!

The torch burns on at the Long Beach Peninsula Doggie Olympics.

With a wide variety of comical competitions that challenge humans and their four-legged counterparts, spectators and participants are sure to laugh out loud! Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds are welcome to sign up and participate in a variety of competitions ranging from Saturday’s main events of Babe Ruth Obedience Baseball to the Who’s Your Daddy? mixed-breed competition, a Doggie Dash and the popular Frisbee Throw.

Other competitions will include Dunking for (Hot) Dogs, I’ve Got Rhythm Musical Sit, the Peanut Butter Lick, the Luciano Pavarotti Commemorative Sing Off, and Filla Fuller Brush. The What, No Ducks? ball toss, Nadia Comaneci agility and Rip Van Winkle Sleep Off complete the competition line up.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Friday evening pre-registration pizza party at the Breakers Hotel. There will be special events for puppies who are too young to participate in the games, as well as events for our four-legged senior friends (over 10 years of age). Enjoy pizza for $2.00 a slice and soft drinks for 50¢. The party will take place from 4:00-7:00 PM at The Breakers hotel, which is located on Highway 103 at 26th Street, Long Beach.

Join in the fun on Saturday June 29 for the Doggie Olympic Games held on the beach just off the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach, WA. The competitions will run from 12:45 PM to 5 PM Saturday with same-day registration open from 11 AM to 1 PM. The event is free to spectators; however there is a participant entry fee of $10 per event or $40 for five or more events. Click here for registration information. While the event is open to everyone, it is not advisable to take puppies under 4 months of age to this event. To protect their health and safety, puppies under 4 months of age will not be allowed in the event areas.

In the spirit of the Doggie Olympic Games, an opening ceremony and lighting of the flame will herald the start of the games. Impressive medals of gold, silver and bronze in the shape of a paw print will be awarded to the winners of each competition.

The Mission of the Doggie Olympic Games is to provide an event where owners and dogs of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities can bond, play and laugh together in a friendly, competitive environment and to provide education for responsible pet ownership.

Make a weekend out of it! In addition to the Doggie Olympics, the Port of Ilwaco will be buzzing with the Saturday Market at the Port, the Salmon Fishing Derby, and the Tall Ships are the Port of Ilwaco offering tours and excursions from June 27-30. 

Looking for dog-friendly lodging? The Peninsula is uber pet-friendly! The doggie icon on our lodging page conveniently directs you to pet-friendly lodging establishments.

Dog-friendly Dining! Check out these Peninsula restaurants that have outdoor seating which welcomes you, and all of your family – even your well mannered furry friend.

Redwagon Sausages & Soups or OleBob’s at the Port of Ilwaco: grab some grub and relax with your pup and watch the hustle and bustle of Port goers from one of the picnic tables along the waterfront.

Adelaide’s in Ocean Park – Looking for some quiet and relaxing time? Enjoy a new book from the bookstore, a great cup of coffee and spend an afternoon of leisure with your dog on the beautiful adirondack chairs on the patio of this historic property.

Hungry Harbor Grille in Long Beach – enjoy some delicious American fare outside on the picnic tables while you watch the merry-go-round and hear laughter and joy in the heart of downtown Long Beach.

Aloha Charlie Fish Company in Long Beach – Dine on delicious and fresh seafood or try a “plate lunch” and enjoy their outside covered dining area.

The Cove at Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach – Take your pup out for a round of golf or two, and/or sit outside on their patio and enjoy the delightful views of the greens while you savor your meal.

Pamper your pooch! While you are in town, don’t forget to stop by Paws by the Sea or Dennis Company and stock up on all the treats, toys, and treasures your pup desires! They offer a great selection of food and many other dog-related items and necessities.

Visit the Oceanside Animal Clinic in Seaview, for all of your veterinary needs.

Please stop by our local, no-kill animal shelter, South Pacific County Humane Society, in Long Beach and say hello to all of the adorable dogs and cats that are currently there awaiting their forever homes.

Events on the Horizon

Summer Fest – Long Beach,  Weekends, through September 2, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, through October 11, 2013
Tall Ships – Port of Ilwaco, June 27-30, 2013
Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade – Ocean Park, July 4, 2013
Fireworks at the Beach – Long Beach, July 4, 2013
Firecracker 5k – Ilwaco, July 6, 2013
Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco – Ilwaco, July 6, 2013

4th of July Fanfare

4th of July is fast approaching! The Long Beach Peninsula is buzzing with excitement and activities!

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade

Bring the whole family for a traditional celebration at Ocean Park’s Grand Parade down Bay Avenue on the 4th of July! All kids are welcome to participate by showing up early for bike decorating and then riding through the parade at 1PM. Enjoy nearby “Art in the Park” for a variety of artistic talents in various mediums. The Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration is sure to please all ages!

Fireworks on the Beach

The City of Long Beach  hosts Independence Day Fireworks on the 4th of July from dusk (about 9:30pm) until about 10:00pm. The fireworks are set off in front of the Long Beach Boardwalk and fill the night sky with magnificent colors and lights.

Beach Clean Up!

See you this July 5th – all major beach approaches at 9:30am.  Volunteers will meet you there with supplies.  Bring your family and friends!



Columbia-Pacific Farmers’ Market

The market operates in downtown Long Beach June through October on Friday afternoons / early evenings, 4 pm to 7 pm. At the market, you can talk with food purveyors while you purchase your week’s produce, seafood, meat, eggs and dairy, locally-made baked goods, regionally-made packaged foods, flowers and plants, and on-site prepared foods. You can sit and listen to music or other entertainment, beat your friend at checkers, chat and dance with your neighbor, watch someone cook, or learn about a community non-profit organization.


Firecracker 5K Walk/Run

Run or walk the second annual Firecracker 5K  on Saturday, July 6. The race starts at the Port of Ilwaco and is notable for being extremely challenging and beautiful as it climbs up to the Cape Disappointment headlands on the south end of the Discovery Trail and back. Perfect for those who love to sprint up and fly down steep hills, the race starts at 9AM.

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco

Come early for the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco, from 10am to 4pm, offering local seafood, fresh farm produce, regionally created arts & crafts, potted plants and cut flowers. Picnic on smoked salmon chowder, juicy hamburgers, kettle korn and more. And browse the great shops, restaurants, and galleries you can find every day at the Port of Ilwaco.

Fireworks at the Port

The Port of Ilwaco hosts a more relaxed gathering, touted as “Feel the Thunder!” This all-ages show is Saturday, July 6th starting at approximately 9:30pm. Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for the beautiful display reflected over the harbor. There is plenty of free parking.


Grab Your Bucket and Shovel and Get Ready to Play in the Sand!

It’s that wonderful time of year where we celebrate castles in the sand, playing in the sand, and making beautiful works of art only to watch them dissolve back into the mighty Pacific.

Sandsations, a sand-sculpting extravaganza, returns to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, July 10 through 14, 2013. Attracting amateur and professional competitors, the event includes sand-work demonstrations, lessons, the Sand Flea Pet Parade, and the ever-popular Sandsations Beach Competition.

This year features three master beach sand sculptors who will demonstrate their art, craft and technique to onlookers at the Port of Ilwaco July 10 through 12, from 10AM to 6PM. On the same days, same times, four master sand sculptors will captivate onlookers in downtown Long Beach as they construct amazing sand sculptures. Long Beach events will take place on Third Street South, adjacent to Veterans Field.

On Friday at 5PM, the public is invited to participate in free, sand-sculpting lessons which will take place at the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach. Nearby, a festive beach bonfire will be lit at 8PM for the enjoyment of all visitors. The roasting of marshmallows is welcome.

Sandsations culminates on Saturday with the much-anticipated Sandsations Beach Competition. Youth, novice and pro sculptors will have five hours to transform beach sand into imaginative sculptures with an underwater theme. City Sandsations will still be available for viewing on Sunday.

Competition check in and plot assignments start at 8:30AM, construction begins at 10AM on the outgoing tide and ends at 3PM for judging. The awards presentation will take place at the event tent at 3:30PM, before the incoming surf slowly washes away even the largest sculptures. The event will take place along the shoreline, adjacent to the Long Beach boardwalk and near the Bolstad beach approach.

The judges will vote on the best in four categories – masters, intermediate, novice, and family – for overall appearance, creativity, teamwork, effort, design, suitability to sand, and intricacy. Gift baskets and cash prizes up to $1,200 will be awarded. Registration fees range from $65 for masters to $1 each for children under 12, who will also be recognized for their participation. Be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Bring Your Pups to the Sand Flea Pet Parade!

Also on Saturday, at 12:30PM, at the Bolstad beach approach, visitors are invited to watch or enter the Sand Flea Pet Parade sponsored by the South Pacific County Humane Society.

All pets are welcome to participate in this free event with prizes awarded in a variety of categories including “Beachiest” Pet, Best Pet Trick, Pet-Owner Lookalike and Best Costume, among others.

Throughout the day, beachgoers can enjoy free hot dogs served by the Long Beach Kiwanis.

 Enjoy all that the Long Beach Peninsula has to offer!

After a fun day of viewing sensational sand castle sculptures, stroll downtown Long Beach and enjoy some delicious and fresh seafood from Aloha Charlie Fish Company, or try a tasty bread bowl full of award winning Clam Chowder from Castaways Seafood Grille, both conveniently located near the display at Veterans Field.

Start your mornings off right on the Peninsula! Have a hearty breakfast at Benson’s by the Beach or grab the tastiest doughnuts in all the land from Cottage Bakery & Deli . Follow your nose to satisfy your caffeine craze to our very own locally roasted coffee shop, Long Beach Coffee Roasters.

Peruse the shops in town! You will find wonderful gifts and treasures to remember your trip to the Long Beach Peninsula right in the heart of downtown! Check out Deux Chapeaux, famed for being every woman’s dream boutique! Stormin’ Norman’s Kites, Clothing & Gifts is a great place for you to find just what you are looking for! For those looking for a great one-of-a-kind treasure, head on over to Marsh’s Free Museum for a look into the wonderful world of sideshows and oddities. Long Beach even has a quilting shop! Hop into Boardwalk Quilts for a great selection of materials!

Fun for all ages! Try your skill at a rousing game of Laser Tag at FUNLAND Family Entertainment Center or play a round of mini golf at Stormin’ Norman’s. Stop by The Candy Man for a treat for that’s sure to soothe your aching sweet tooth!


Events on the Horizon

Summer Fest – Long Beach,  Weekends, through September 2, 2013
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, through October 11, 2013
Saturday Market at the Port – Ilwaco, Saturdays through September 28, 2013
Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, July 13, 2013
Ilwaco Art Night – Ilwaco, July 18, 2013
Music in the Gardens – Peninsula-wide, July 20, 2013
Clamshell Railroad Days, Ilwaco July 20-21, 2013