kites on the oregon coast

Here’s just a sampling of activities in our local area…

By month:

September – April

  • Crabbing


  • Antique Week (Sales and shows)
  • Newport Seafood & Wind Festival


  • Kite Festival
  • Yachats Annual Arts & Crafts Fair


  • Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale (More than 100 garage sales)


  • Rhododendron Festival, Oregon’s second oldest (parades, carnival, car show, cruise)


  • Beachcomber Days Festival (sandcastle contest, parade, BBQ’s, kite festival)

August – December

  • Salmon Fishing at its best


  • Cape Kiwanda Long Board Classic (annual long board surfing competition in Pacific City)
  • Indian Style Salmon Bake (salmon cooked over open fire)


  • Kite Festival
  • Chowder, Blues & Brews
  • Indian Style Salmon Bake


  • Glass Galore Art Fair (more than 40 vendors of glass art)
  • Newport Microbrew Festival
  • Senior Art Festival (art contest & workshops for ages 50 & older)

Other Attractions & Museums

  • Bayfront Historic District, on Newport’s Bayfront. Visit our fun & lively neighborhood – murals, family attractions, restaurants, gift and art galleries, whale watching & fishing charters, sea lions on docks.
  • Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, in Newport. Aquariums; interactive exhibits that explore the marine world.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport
  • Trek along the rocky shores as sea otters, seals & puffins romp along the cliffs & in pools.
  • Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport
  • Oregon Coast History Center, in Newport. Coastal history exhibits, research library, museum store.
  • Pacific Northwest Surfing Museum. Get a blast from the past, Oregon’s only surfing museum.
  • Sea Lion Caves in Florence. World’s largest sea cave.
  • Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach (Newport area)

Explore the Oregon Coast’s many lighthouses

  • Cape Arago, 12 miles SW of North Bend. Originally built in 1908.
  • Cape Blanco, 9 miles north of Port Orford. Built in 1870, it is the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. It stands 245 feet above sea level, open April-Oct.
  • Cape Meares, 10 miles west of Tillamook. This lighthouse stands 217 feet above the ocean, however the 38-foot tower is theshortest on the Oregon Coast, built in 1890.
  • Coquille River, in Bullard’s Beach State Park, 2 miles north of Bandon, built in 1896. Open May-Oct.
  • Heceta Head, 12 miles north of Florence. Built in 1894 it stands 205 feet high on the 1000 ft Heceta Head. Open May-Sept.
  • Yaquina Bay, in Yaquina Bay State Park, Newport. The 2nd oldest – In-service 1871 to 1874, now a museum.
  • Yaquina Head Natural Area & Lighthouse, just north of Agate Beach in Newport. This wildlife sanctuary is great for whale watching, bird viewing & tidepools.