Each year in February, Fort George Brewery celebrates the darkest of beers – ever-lovely stout – with a festival of darkness: there are some 60 specialty stouts available for tasting, plus live music, fire dancers, …
A beauty pageant, parade and flower show are highlights of the three-day Rhododendron Festival, held on the third weekend in May, which has been celebrated for more than 100 years to honor the ubiquitous shrubbery.
The self-proclaimed 'Kite Capital of the World,' Lincoln City hosts two kite festivals in June and October. Enormous kites – some over 100ft in length – take off to twist and dive in the ocean breezes.
The Cranberry Festival, in the second weekend in September, is Bandon's largest civic event. It features a parade, craft fair and the crowning of the Cranberry Queen.
Cannon Beach's largest festival, Sandcastle Day (held in June, dates depend on tides), has teams competing for originality and execution in sand sculpture.
On the fourth weekend in August, the Hood to Coast Relay jams the main road between Portland and Seaside and packs out the town.
This festival attracts creative folks from the fishing industry who come together to share their songs, stories and poetry.
Coos Bay's mostly classical Oregon Coast Music Festival takes place over two weeks in July at various venues around town.
If you're here on the second weekend in August, check out the largest amateur beach-volleyball tournament in the world.
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is one of the coast's premier events, held in the last weekend in February.