2024 Sandcastle Contest and Singing Sands 5K Fun Run

  • June 14 - 16, 2024
  • Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
Ticket Price $5.00-$35.00 This event is now over

The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest began in 1964 when a tsunami washed out the Elk Creek Bridge, and residents were relatively isolated until a new bridge could be built.  That spring, local families gathered for a Sandcastle Contest to entertain their children and attract visitors.  That Sandcastle Contest became one of the largest sandcastle contests on the west coast.

Divisions of the contest include Sand Fleas, Juniors, Teens, Small Group, Large Group, and Masters.  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; 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.  No artificial coloring, paint, flour, sugar, starch, adhesives, or cement may be added.

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 26 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, contributing to the state's identity.

Master’s Division is by invitation only. Please get in touch with Jim by email at jim@cannonbeach.org or call 503-436-2623.


Schedule of Events:
 Fri. Jun 14 | 10 AM - 5 PM | Contestant Packet n’ Pail Pickup at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

 Sat. June 15 | 10:30 AM, Beach opens up for parking | 11am Sandcastle Contest building begins | 4:00pm Final Judging | 5 PM All cars must be off the beach | 7:00 PM - 10 PM Bonfire, Smores & Music, Free admission and located on the beach at the West end of 2nd St.

 Sun. June 16 | 8 AM, registration for Fun Run on the beach at the Tolovana Wayside beach entrance | 8:30, Stretch and warm up with Mend Loft | 9am Singing Sands 5K Fun Run/Walk begins

*To guarantee to have your contest shirt for the festival weekend, please register for the contest or Singing Sands 5k by June 10th. Registration after June 10th, shirts will be mailed to the contestant's after the contest.*

Date & Time

Jun 14, 2024 10:00 AM - Jun 16, 2024 11:00 AM

Venue Details

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110 Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Cannon Beach Commercial Club, incorporated on February 19, 1945, formed the Cannon Beach Chamber on October 3, 1968. The Chamber serves local businesses and visitors year-round.

The mission of the Chamber is to promote the economic improvement of Cannon Beach businesses and its surrounding area as a year-round destination resort. This includes a desire to extend a friendly welcome to our visitors and to enhance the quality of life in the community.

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