Area seafood connoisseurs love the Oregon coast seafood festivals. There's only one thing as good as seafood and that's LOTS of seafood! That's exactly what you get at these yearly seafood chow-downs! Mile and miles of the freshest seafood you'll find anywhere, all cooked up to a mouth-watering juiciness and ready to eat.
The Oregon coast's delicacies are put on display numerous times throughout each year, drawing thousands of hungry visitors from Oregon and beyond.
The highlight of any Oregon coast seafood festival is the luscious steamer clams, pounds upon pounds of Dungeness crabs, shrimp, oysters, chowder, along with the rest of the ocean inhabitants. But there's also great live music, wine and beer gardens, and other things to entertain guests and pull them to our Pacific NW areas.
SEAFOOD FESTIVAL FROM FEB - MARCH....
Charleston Annual Crab Feed
Charleston, Oregon hosts their annual crab feasting event, treating attendees to full Dungeness crab dinners. Good fun, entertainment, and lots of fun!
Confluence Wine, Beer, Seafood, & Music Festival
The dictionary defines the word, "confluence" as a place where things merge or flow together. This is exactly what this is. Bringing together musical acts, fresh seafood, and the best wine and micro-brewed beer that Oregon offers, this weekend long Oregon coast festival is top-notch. It's located in the town of Gardiner near Reedsport.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
The Newport Seafood and Wine Festival all started in 1978 and has grown to 86 wineries and 33 food purveyors (as of this writing). This is by far the most popular seafood festival on the Oregon coast, drawing over 15,000 each year to the 3-day-long event. This Newport seafood festival is a must-do. Get your tickets early.
Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival
The towns of North Bend and Coos Bay shake hands to make up this particular 2-day event, consisting of all genres of jazz music, demonstrations, and clams, clams, and more clams. Fun, but admission is pretty spendy if you're on a budget.
APRIL AND MAY....
The name sums it all up and ties a bow right on top. 3-days of Oregon coast deliciousness, arts and crafts, the NW's best wines and a fully-stocked beer garden, and finally, mouth-watering Dungeness crab dinners, served every day of the event. The admission price is fair and it's a great time for everyone.
JUNE AND JULY....
A fund-raiser for Newport area schools and nonprofits, this one-day Oregon coast seafood festival is held at historic Nye Beach in Newport. Serving up delectable servings of steamer clams, lobster gumbo, shrimp cocktail, and barbequed fish, admission is free and there's all sorts of fun things happening there. Horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade, live music, and more.
Chowder, Blues, & Brews
Wrapping up the year, but definitely not the least of the seafood festivals, this two-day event highlights some of the best chefs from Astoria to Brookings, all coming together to compete in the Oregon Coast Chowder Cook-off. With blue tunes playing around you, you have the opportunity to sample the chowders and vote. Regardless of who actually wins, the real winners are the chowder lovers! hehe.
All these amazing Oregon coast seafood festivals held up and down our lovely coastline should be enough to keep you filled and satisfied throughout the year. What better way to celebrate the coast than with it's best from the sea?
Be sure to budget in at least a couple of these events. If you've never been to the Oregon coast, it will give you a great impression and memorable experiences to go back home with. Have fun! ;)