Sandcastle Contest

The 58th Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest returns to “in-person” on the beach!

Divisions of the contest include Sand Fleas, Juniors, Teens, Small Group, Large Group, and Masters. The building will begin at 2 pm and the final judging on the Master’s division will be at 7 pm. Contest rules are simple and no themes are mandated.  This often results in a creative and sometimes colorful commentary on current events.  Each team is given a plot of sand within a designated viewing area and sand may not be added or removed.  Only natural materials found on the beach such as sticks, shells, rocks, and seaweed may be used for ornamentation.   

Keeping the annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest going is committee chair Debbie Nelson’s focus throughout the year.  Working with a team of volunteers to accomplish this hometown tradition and bringing the contestants and spectators together once again to create “sand magic” will be the highlight to kick off the summer season.  As Debbie likes to say, “Come play in the sand with us!”

Each year during the Sandcastle Contest is the only day you are allowed to park on the beach in Cannon Beach.  New this year will be a $5.00 beach event parking fee. For more parking information and pre-purchase passes click here

Master’s Division is by invitation only. Please contact Jim by mail or call 503-436-2623

 Fri. June 10  7:30pm Bonfire, Music & Smores Free Admission on the beach off of 2nd St.

 Sat. June 11.2 pm Sandcastle Contest building begins | 7pm Final Judging  For Registration click here

 Sun. June 12  | 9am Singing Sands 5K Fun Run/Walk  For Registration click here

To view 2022 Sandcastle Contest Brochure click here


Summer of Sandcastles: Virtual Sandcastle Contest

It’s the Summer of Sandcastles in Cannon Beach.

The 57th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will be a virtual competition this year,  as a COVID-safe alternative.  

Gather you crew, and build a sandcastle sometime before September 6th. Then, submit a photo or short video of your build to enter to content.

Follow this Facebook sight for inspiration and more details about this year’s event and see what the competition has thrown down already.

Team Vermont, pictured here, submitted their entry in July.




The 54th Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach set for June 9: Book now!

Cannon Beach 54th Sandcastle Contest set for June 9

Awe-inspiring creations that will go out with the tide

The 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest is set for Saturday, June 9.

 It’s the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  It is also the most popular event in this wonderfully charming Oregon Coastal town.

Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event.

The Master’s division teams compete for cash prizes.  They will construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete. resulting in monumental size displays. 

Sandcastle Weekend Events

The sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend.  Visitors will enjoy other related activities throughout the weekend.   The weekend activities kick off with the Sandcastle Parade on Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm.    On Saturday evening, beach lovers gather for an 8 pm beach bonfire with live music from 7-10pm.  Sunday morning starts with the 9 am Singing Sands 5K fun run and walk.

 Judging of the sandcastles begins at 5:30pm on Saturday.  So the best time for viewing the completed sculptures is between 4-6pm before the efforts of the day are gone with the tide. 

over 50 years with broad appeal

One of only 11 events to receive this recognition

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

Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend. Hotels typically sell out rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early.

The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds.  Cars must be off the beach by 6:30 pm to avoid issues with the incoming tide. 

For information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.