Cannon Beach Events: The 18th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

“Blue Jays” Andrea Johnson, White Bird Gallery


The ingredients for a spectacular Cannon Beach Event?  Start with fifteen art galleries, 40 artists, and 20 innovative chefs.  Together they will create the unique energy of the 18th annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival in Cannon Beach this weekend.

The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to visit the varied and beautiful art galleries of Oregon’s most delightful beach town, especially this weekend.

The Spring Unveiling Arts Festival is an unparalleled experience for the art lover.  And, Cannon Beach is an unparalleled destination for beach lovers.

On May 4-6, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Virtually every medium will be represented, featuring inspiring paintings, sculpture, bronze, glass, and jewelry.

The weekend includes special unveilings, artistic demonstrations, and receptions which you are welcome to attend.    You can download the schedule for the weekend here     

Edible Art

This year, local chefs have partnered with Cannon Beach art galleries.  Each has selected a work of art that has inspired them to create their own edible art. Everything from a special coffee drink to a four-course wine pairing dinner has been developed.

You can enjoy the inspired fare at various restaurants, coffee houses, and candy stores throughout town. (click for more details).

For example, Newmans at 988. Chef John Newman and Sous Chef Eric Kliewer of Newmans at 988,  have collaborated on a prix fixe menu for the weekend based on the work of four artists represented by DragonFire Gallery. The Escargot appetizer pays tribute to Andrew Holmberg’s garden sculpture. The spinach salad course takes its inspiration from“Sunset Ridge,” a photograph by Tad Hetu. The rabbit entrée was inspired by the
“What’s up Doc” painting by Bev Jozwiak.”  And, the poached pear dessert is based on a
Virginia Parks painting.

Even candy maker Brian, of Bruce’s Candy kitchen, is inspired.  At Imprint Gallery, a whimsical cow sculpture by artist Sara Swink, started his dreaming of caramel with wonderful whipped cream.  They will be available at the gallery all weekend.

With sunny skies in the forecast, it looks to be another wonderful weekend in Cannon Beach!


“Catch of the Day” Jacques and Mary Regat, Bronze Coast Gallery


Fat Tire Bike Fest at Cannon Beach, April 20-22

1st Fat Bike Festival in Cannon Beach

1st Fat Bike Festival on the Oregon Coast, set for April 20-22.

The very first Fat Tire Bike Festival on the Oregon coast is set for April 20-22 in Cannon Beach, with iconic Haystack Rock as the backdrop.

Friday night kicks off with Fat Bike Festival skills competitions, obstacle course, and bonfire at Tolovana Beach, just steps from the Tolovana Inn.   Family-friendly,  participants and spectators will enjoy Fat Bike fun activities.  S’mores and local craft brews will be served.  Public Coast and Pelican Brewery will provide complimentary beverages.  All are welcome to attend this event, at no charge.

On Saturday,  morning, riders will meet for a 14-mile beach ride.  The Fat Bike Festival ride will start at Ecola Creek, past Haystack Rock, to Arch Cape and back.  Along the way, there will be several “poker stops” where riders will pick up a playing card and enjoy snacks.  Fat Bikes will be available to demo as well.

Riders will also learn about the local ecology.  Members of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will share information and treat participants to Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder.

But, you don’t need a Fat Bike to participate.  

“Fat Bikes with four-inch tires cruise along the sand and leave less of a trail than a footprint,” according to Danielle Crowder of Oregon Bikes & Events.  “

Whatever bike people feel comfortable riding on the sand is fine.” 

Saturday will wind down at Public Coast Brewing where riders will gather to see who won prizes,  based on the poker hands they collected during the day.  Prizes include stays at the Tolovana Inn and other items provided by area businesses.

On Sunday, in honor of Earth Day, participants will be joining forces with Surfrider Foundation for a Fat Bike Festival Beach Clean-Up.   Certain plastics collected will be given to local artists to be made into jewelry.  The creations are sold to help fund stewardship and environmental educational programs.

The Fat Bike Festival is fairly affordable family-fun.  The cost to participate in the ride is only $12; $10 if you are a member of Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.



The Finest Wines in one of the Most Beautiful Places: Savor Cannon Beach

A Cannon Beach getaway or a visit to Northwest wine country? Enjoy both during the uniquely intimate Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival March 8-11.

Haystack Rock, steps from Tolovana Inn

Savor Cannon Beach Festival, Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn is the perfect place to stay, hosting several marquee events during this remarkable four-day festival.  Most events are limited to 150 participants.

At Tolovana Inn, the festival kicks off Thursday night with Best of the Northwest Throwdown.   During this special event, guests will taste 12 award-winning wines paired with chef-prepared small bites.  Festival-goers will sample select Pacific Northwest wines including gold medal winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Cascadia Wine Competition and a Wine Spectator 100 winner.

On Friday afternoon, Tolovana Inn will host a Winemakers Premium Pour session.

Five renowned Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and each share three special wines. This is a unique opportunity to taste library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wine.

On Saturday morning, you can participate in Wine Tasting Basics & Beyond seminar.

Then, Sunday, enjoy The Battle of the Bites event featuring gold medal wines from the 2018 Savor NW Wine Awards paired with exquisite “bites” offered by area chefs and restaurants.  Participants will vote for the favorite taste.

The largest event is the Saturday Wine Walk, where several hundred wine tasters will visit 40 Northwest wine pourings in Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants, and shops.  A complimentary shuttle will operate during the Saturday wine walk transporting participants between the various wine walk venues.

Book your Tolovana Inn room today.  Suite Savor VIP Package rates start at $199 plus tax per night on March 9 and 10, 2018.   VIP Package includes two tickets to the Saturday Wine Walk.  Public shuttle available to and from the Wine Walk.    Call for details. 

Purchase your Savor Cannon Beach festival tickets online. A full Festival Pass good for admission to all six festival events is $175.  Individual tickets to events range from $20 to $40.

Cannon Beach & Fine Wines go together.

Sampling wines at Savor Cannon Beach Festival

Oh the Weather Outside May Be Frightful … But Baby It’s Warm Inside!

Grey Whales On the Move!

Each year from December to mid-January, gray whales swim 6,000 miles down the Pacific coast to reach their breeding grounds and calving lagoons near the Baja peninsula. Visitors to the Oregon coast will have the opportunity to glimpse some of the estimated 20,000 gray whales traveling south from Alaska to their final destination off the coast of Baja, Mexico.  One of the best vantage points is Ecola State Park.

Volunteers from the “Whale Watching Spoken Here” program will be stationed at Ecola State Park and 23 other sites along the Oregon coast until December 31st. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, they’ll offer whale watching tips and facts about the animals.

Want to learn more? Go to and visit

Winter Storms Put On a Breathtaking Show!










From your Tolovana Inn balcony and guest suite, it’s a good time to cozy up by the fire, sip on a cup of hot cocoa and watch, as the Pacific Ocean rushes in and crashes the shore. Book your guest suite at Tolovana Inn and get ready for a truly awesome adventure on at Cannon Beach this winter.



Though the weather may indeed be foul, there are few things more beautiful than a storm-front rolling in over the Pacific Ocean.  As the wind howls, the waves crash, and ominous clouds fill the sky, it’s time to sit back and watch Mother Nature’s show play out.

A great place to view Pacific storms from a distance is along the road as you travel up Neahkahnie Mountain. Ecola State Park also offers the best view of the decommissioned Tillamook Rock lighthouse, nicknamed ‘Terrible Tilly’.

Winter is for Romance on the Oregon Coast

Create your own Romantic Getaway. Blend together a stunning wintry sunset, with a hand-holding walk on the beach, throw in a full day of exploring shops and unique galleries, and finish with a bottle of bubbly and a cozy 2-night stay in a spacious Tolovana Inn suite! Call and book your next getaway today!

SAVOR Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival, March 8-11

Taste Some of the Northwest’s Finest Wines in One of the World’s Most Beautiful Places

Highlighting Northwest wines and regional cuisine, the Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a four-day lineup of wine, culinary and arts events, March 8-11, in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular destinations: Cannon Beach. A series of festival events focus on specific themes that showcase the bounty of Northwest wine and cuisine while the town’s restaurants, galleries and shops feature a weekend full of tastings, special dinners and cultural events.

Most of the wine tasting events are intimate and are limited to less than 150 participants, though the largest event of the festival, the Saturday Wine Walk, accommodates several hundred wine tasters who can visit approximately 40 Northwest wineries pouring tastings at Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants, hotels, and retail shops, all within easy walking distance in this compact beach community. Participating wineries represent many of the wine growing regions in Oregon and Washington.

Individual tickets to festival events and a full Festival Pass good for admission to all festival tasting events are available now. Advance purchase is recommended, as events are limited in size and have sold out in past years.

Tolovana Inn is a proud Sponsor of Savor Cannon Beach.  Remember to book your guestroom early!

For additional information, call (503) 717-1122 or visit

Celebrate the Season with Tolovana Inn & Haystack Holidays

Cannon Beach is host to our Annual Haystack Holidays; a bevy of traditional events guaranteed to put the fun into your holiday season!

Cannon Beach offers the perfect holiday shopping getaway for the entire family!

The village is festively lit up with shops and galleries offering unique holiday gift ideas and opportunities. Of course, when your shopping is done, you can relax in your spacious ocean view or ocean front suite at Tolovana Inn! Reserve your Holiday get-away now!

Or, even better ~  why not Give the Gift of a Tolovana Inn Getaway with a Gift Card!

Women’s Only Weekend November 10th thru 12th

Friends of A Feather… Shop Together!

Come to Cannon Beach to shop, and stay at Tolovana Inn to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired! Get a jump-start on your holiday season with a weekend filled with events, classes, discounts, late night shopping, food, and fun throughout Cannon Beach!  Proceeds go to support the Cannon Beach Library.Main Event Tickets available at

A Christmas Carol   November 17th thru 23rd

The Coaster Theater presents a Christmas Carol, a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Tickets available at

For details, call the Coaster Theater at (503) 436-1242.

Mimosa Madness!    November 24th  

8am to 11am

A shopping extravaganza! Refreshments, deals and special one of a kind gifts can be found all around town. 

Cannon Beach in Lights!   November 27th thru December 15th                   

‘Name That Tune’ Window Display Contest

Visit participating retailers for a chance to win a holiday gift basket! Holiday Lights window display contest voting is available at the Chamber or online at Voting is open through December 15th. Awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre play on December 16th.

Holiday Wreath Making   November 25th & December 2nd

The Cannon Beach Chamber invites you to GET CREATIVE! From 11am until 3pm, this wreath making event comes with an instructor, refreshments and holiday music!

Cannon Beach Chorus Holiday Concert    December 2nd

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Cannon Beach Chorus at the Cannon Beach Community Church at 7pm. For details, visit

Cannon Beach Library Holiday Tea & Annual Quilt Drawing    December 2nd

Enjoy home baked cookies, tea and cider at the Cannon Beach Library from 1pm until 4pm. Enter to win a beautiful hand-made quilt. The winner of their annual Quilt Drawing will be announced during the Tea; you do not have to be present to win. For details, visit or call (503) 436-1391.


Lamp Lighting Ceremony   December 2nd  

Join us in Sandpiper Square for a beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at 4pm, and enjoy treats and refreshments after the ceremony. For details, call (503) 436-2618.


Pictures with Santa    December 9th

Santa Claus is coming to town. Come support the Cannon Beach Library and get your picture taken with Santa. Located at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm.  For details, call (503) 436-1391.


Holiday Foods from around the World!   December 26th thru 29th

Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants as they feature unique food and beverage specials highlighting traditions from many different countries and cultures.

Winter Holiday Concert with The Trail Band   December 27th

Why not complete 2017 with some fun! The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists. This premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest will create a festive holiday performance in the intimate Coaster Theater at 7pm. For details and tickets, call (503) 436-2623

For further information on any of the  Haystack Holiday events visit us on Facebook at: or call the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623



Watch, listen and be entertained by the Autumn Ocean from our front door

“It’s the best time of year to watch the seasons change from Summer into Fall…and the Tolovana Inn is the perfect destination for celebrating Autumn”

And we make it easy with our seasonal rates!

Cannon Beach Library Annual Fall Festival

September 30th 10:00am – 4:00pm   

Special NW Author Series with Christine Colasurdo

Oct 7th 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

90th Birthday Celebration

Oct 21st 10:00am – 5:00pm


Stormy Weather Arts Festival 

Celebrates 30th Anniversary!

One of the area’s most popular events will celebrate its 30th anniversary November 3-5, 2017. An annual tradition the first weekend in November, it has been a celebration of the arts and the arts community in Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen art galleries and many successful national and regional artists, as well as prominent local artists; and many will be showcased during the festival. 

This creative event focuses on a wide range of visual and performing arts, offering the opportunity to meet artists, discuss their work, listen to local musicians, take in gallery events and experience why Cannon Beach has been recognized as one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America”, by author John Villani.

The Stormy Weather Arts Festival has grown to include a spotlight concert showcasing accomplished and up-and-coming musicians in the intimate setting of Cannon Beach’s Coaster Theatre Playhouse, the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show featuring apparel and accessories from local and national designers, and brews, blues & barbecues where guests can sample local beers while enjoying live blues and a barbecue lunch.

The festival kicks off with the Friday night Stormy Weather Arts Benefit cocktail and dessert party where you can meet professional jewelry artists and view their work. The evening also includes a silent auction and raffle featuring vacation packages created by many of the local venders. The auction and raffle benefit the children’s art programs in Cannon Beach including the Coaster Theatre’s Coaster Kidz Theatre Camp, the Cannon Beach Arts Association Children’s Summer Art Camp and the Sea Ranch Children’s Summer Music Camp.

For more information about the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, call the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.

2017 Schedule of Festival Events

Friday, November 3rd

Stormy Weather Arts Benefit Cocktail & Dessert Party – 7:30pm-10pm

Interact with professional jewelry artists who discuss their techniques while their works are being modeled. Sample a custom cocktail created specifically for the event by Cannon Beach Distillery and a local craft beer also made especially for the event, alongside sparkling wine and a dessert buffet featuring sweets from local bakeries and chocolatiers. The celebration will also include live music and a raffle and silent auction featuring vacation packages. Cost: $35 Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall

Saturday, November 4th

Music Around Town – 11am-5pm

Enjoy live performances by regional musicians at several locations around town.

Cost: Free/Donations Locations: Sandpiper Square, Coaster Theatre Courtyard, Ecola Square, Haystack Square


Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show – 10am (Doors at 9:40am)

Pick out a new outfit at this runway show featuring apparel and accessories from local and national designers available in Cannon Beach shops.

Cost: Free Entry or guaranteed VIP seating with $5 donation Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse


Spotlight Concert Featuring Heels to the Hardwood – 8-10pm   (Doors open at 7:30pm)

The Seattle Americana band brings their foot-stomping sound to Cannon Beach.Cost: $30  Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse

Sunday, November 5th

Brews, Blues & Barbecues – 11am-2pm

Sample local craft brews including one created especially for the festival, enjoy live Delta Blues from Steve Cheseborough and savor a delicious barbecue lunch from a local chef.

Cost: $25  Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall

WOW Cannon Beach!  And Veteran’s Day Observed  

Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th

A weekend filled with events, classes, discounts and fun!  Proceeds go to support the Cannon Beach Library.   For more details, visit  Call WOW at (503) 741-7443


Cannon Beach is in the middle of some of the most scenic hiking trails in the Northwest!

Just minutes from the Tolovana Inn are some of Oregon’s most beautiful beaches and coastline

Ecola State Park offers an adventure through lush rain-forest, where hikers will find some of the world’s tallest trees. Hike past old-growth Sitka Spruce to the end of Cape Falcon where you’ll take in the most breathtaking views.  Many of the best hikes can be found just minutes away in Ecola State Park, accessed via Ecola Park Road at the north end of Cannon Beach. The Park offers options for easy, paved accessible trails from the Ecola Point viewpoint to options for longer multiple mile hikes. An Oregon State Parks pass, Oregon Pacific Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required for parking.

Neahkahnie Mountain and the more challenging Saddle Mountain.  Walk through wildflower-covered meadows, miles of uninterrupted beaches, or connect with a portion of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail. You’ll find everything from moderate to challenging hiking trails and accessible pathways suitable for all ages and abilities.

Oswald West State Park, located about 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach, offers several interconnected hiking trails with many options for hikers of all levels including a 13-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Necarney Creek to Elk Flats: From the smaller parking area just south of the main Oswald West parking lot, the Necarney Creek Trail descends into the rain-forest and connects to the Elk Flats Trail south, offering about a 1.5 mile walk through forests, emerging at meadows frequented by elk and eventually leading to a short spur trail to sheer cliffs overlooking Devil’s Cauldron.

 TRAILS – Perfect for the entire family and any level of hiker

Tillamook Head Trail: From the trail-head at Indian Beach, hikers can follow the route taken by a party of explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads from Indian Beach about six miles to the northern trail-head in south Seaside.

Clatsop Loop Trail: This three-mile loop trail from Indian Beach begins along a gravel service road, passes through rain-forest and finally emerges at a small hikers’ camp where a nearby viewpoint overlooks the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Hikers can then return to Indian Beach via a portion of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Cape Falcon Trail: A 2.3-mile hike leads from the trail head parking area on the west side of Highway 101, through coastal rain-forest to the end of Cape Falcon. The trail emerges from the forest at the end of the cape through hedges of salal and wild roses, offering views north to Tillamook Head and south to Cape Lookout.

Cannon Beach Nature Trail: This trail includes a paved portion that follows a bend of Ecola Creek, past wetlands and emerging at 2nd Street at the City Park. A gravel portion of the trail circles the ponds at the east end of 2nd Street and a south spur of the trail passes through a Spruce forest reserve.

Short Sand Beach Trail: A half-mile walk through the woods and along a creek leads to Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park.

Puffins return to Haystack Rock! And the 53rd Sandcastle Contest!

Haystack Rock is home to several bird species who nest there throughout the year

One of the most popular and comical birds to see are the Tufted Puffins. Puffins nest on the rock from April through July and are best viewed now through July. They are colorful, squat, black birds with large, bright orange bills, white facial features and tufts of yellow feathers above the eyes. Look for them on the grassy north slope of Haystack Rock. This grassy area is where the puffins burrow tunnels into the soil so nests, eggs and chicks are protected from predators.

53rd annual Sandcastle Contest  June 16-18

2016 1st Place Master Winners- True Grit

Cannon Beach will host its 53rd annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 17, 2017, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms like those used for pouring concrete to accomplish their monumental size.

Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to entertain them.

Other activities include a Friday night parade, Saturday night beach bonfire with live music and Sunday morning 5K Fun Run and walk. Judging of the sandcastles will be on Saturday from 12-2:30pm. (perfect time for viewing!) The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.

The Tolovana Inn is proud to be a major sponsor of this year’s Sandcastle Contest and weekend of events.

For additional information contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. 

Friday, June 16th

10am-5pm Packets n’ Pail Pickup

5:30pm      Sandcastle Parade

Saturday, June 17th

8-10am     American Legion Pancake Feed


10am        Sandcastle Contest Begins

3:30pm     Final Judging & Awards Presentation

7-10pm     Live Music on the beach

8pm          Bonfire on the beach

Sunday, June 18th   9am      Singing Sands 5k fun run/walk – On the beach at 2nd Street


Come Celebrate! May 13th 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bottle Bill & Mom’s Day!

Cannon Beach kicks off Oregon’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Beach Bill on May 13 with a series of events for the entire family!

The Beach Bill was the landmark legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967 assuring that all of Oregon’s beaches would remain public.

A full day of activities are planned for Saturday, May 13th!

  • The construction of a more than six-foot sandcastle by the master sand sculpting team Form Finders
  • Beach Bicycling and stand-up paddle boarding demonstrations
  • Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock Awareness Program will offer tide pool interpretive information on the beach including spotting scopes to view nesting Tufted Puffins and other seabirds on Haystack Rock.
  • The North Coast Land Conservancy will offer a guided hiking tour on the beach from Haystack Rock to Silver Point with professional geologist Tom Horning
  • And a variety of commemorative presentations by local and state dignitaries
  • Saturday’s festivities also include music by Slater Smith of the Portland band, The Weather Machine. The presentation will showcase the band’s collaboration with Oregon State Parks, a music video shot on location at nearly 200 Oregon State Parks


  • Cannon Beach’s Beach Bill anniversary celebration will wrap up with a public bonfire and free s’mores on the beach near the Gower Street beach access near where one of the now iconic Associated Press photos of was taken on that historic day in 1967

Thanks to the Beach Bill, the State of Oregon has what is considered the best legal protection for the public’s use of and access to its coastal land.

This historic date in Oregon history coincides with this year’s Mother’s Day, an always-popular weekend in Cannon Beach, so plan now to celebrate mom and Oregon’s public beaches.

The Beach is Good for your Brain!


You know that overall feeling of peace that you experience when you’re at the beach?

It’s for real.  Scientists are are now referring to it as “blue space.”  Fresh smells and the sound of the rolling ocean calm your brain.  And, the way your brain reacts to that environment leaves you happy, relaxed and energized.

Experiencing refreshing “blue space” at the beach is like hitting a reset button for your brain.  

Are you ready for a reset? 

Reduce stress. Water is nature’s cure to the stress of life. So whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. 

Boosts creativity.  If you’re in a rut, blue space allows you to clear your head.   The calmness allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what you need to resolve, allowing you to approach problems or projects with a fresh perspective.

Reduce feelings of depression. The calming environment of the beach provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves can clear your mind in a safe space away from the chaos of daily life.

“Is it time for you to “reset?”  Call the Tolovana Inn today!” 

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