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3 Tips for a Fantastic Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Calling all beach lovers!

The 55TH Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is coming this June! Sponsored by the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, it's perfect activity for visitors looking to compete or simply watch the fun.

Fantastic Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest

This popular event begins Friday, June 7th and ends Sunday, June 9th.

Saturday is the main event, the actual Sandcastle Contest. Participants range from professionals, to amateurs, or simply families just having fun. Join us at the Oregon Coast for much anticipated event!

Follow along for the important event details and 3 must-know tips for when preparing for the Cannon Beach Oregon Annual Sandcastle Contest!

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Event Details: When and Where

The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is a 3-day event. Below you'll find a schedule of events:

Friday, June 7th - Cannon Beach Chamber & Visitors Center

10am – 5pm: Packets n' Pail Pickup

Friday, June 7th - Cannon Beach Chamber & Visitors Center

Saturday, June 8th – All events take place on Cannon Beach

9am – 11am: American Legion Pancake Feed

12:30pm: Sandcastle Contest Begins

5:30pm: Final Judging and Awards Presentation to follow

7pm-10pm: Live Music on The Beach & Bonfire

Sunday, June 9th – All events take place on Cannon Beach

8am: Registration for the Singing Sands 5k Fun Run/Walk

9am: Singing Sands 5k Fun Run/Walk begins

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Our Insider Tips for the best Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

1. Watch the Weather – Cannon Beach 10 Day Forecast

Since the sandcastle contest is outdoors, it is important to keep an eye on the weather. If you’re coming from out of town or across the way, it is a good idea to watch the forecast.

Below is the 10-day forecast for Cannon Beach.

2. Cannon Beach Parking Tips

With the popularity of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, the parking can be challenging. Many vehicles are parked all over the area.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while finding parking for the event:

The Earlier, the Better: there are hundreds of cars that come for this event. If you park early – before the events begin – then you have a better chance to secure your spot for the whole day.

Using the Shuttle: if you are struggling to find parking near the beach, you can always utilize the local shuttle. The Cannon Beach Shuttle goes from one end of town to the other and only costs $1. Therefore, if you find parking across town, consider keeping that parking spot and using the shuttle.

Beach Parking Time Limit: the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is the only time the beach is used for parking. There will be designated areas you can park. Although, note that if you do this, be cautious of the 6pm limit. Since judging of the sandcastles is at 5:30pm, if you plan to watch the judging then you may not be able to remove your car in time – potentially causing a fine.

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3. Book Your Stay In Advance

If you're considering staying in Cannon Beach, you'll want to book months in advance!

However, if you want to get out of the hustle-and-bustle of the event-filled Cannon Beach, check out our Manzanita Beach rentals! Our rentals are all oceanfront on the incredible Oregon Coast, and will have you itching to recreate the sandcastles you saw at Cannon Beach.

Manzanita Oregon is only 13 miles south of Cannon Beach, and a destination for many Oregonians in the know.

Don’t forget, hotels and rental properties fill up fast – so ensure to check availability and book ahead.

Happy Sandcastles Everyone ~

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