The Washington coastline heats up in the summer with outdoor festivals and events. Check out our top picks for summer fun:
Beach to Chowder Walk/Run: June 14, 2014, Long Beach
Walk or run a 5K or a 10K on hard-packed beach sand with ocean waves breaking just a few yards away. Work up an appetite during the race, and then enjoy clam chowder with family and friends!
Waikiki Beach Concert Series: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, 2014, Long Beach
Mark your calendar for these six free summer concerts at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park. All concerts are on Saturday afternoons and begin at 2pm.
Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze: June 20–22, 2014, Westport
Rival pirates invade Westport for a weekend of fun, food and frivolity. Dress up in your pirate finery and shop, dance and enjoy the mystique of Rusty Scupper and his bawdy band of buccaneers!
Sand and Sawdust Festival: June 27–29, 2014, Ocean Shores
Master woodcarvers and sand sculptors from all over the world come to compete in this three-day competition. Free sand-sculpting lessons are given and auctions are held daily.
Fireworks on the Beach: July 4, 2014, Long Beach
Nothing beats a beach fireworks show on Independence Day. Enjoy hours of spectacular pre- and post-show fireworks up and down the length of the 28-mile beach.
Sandsations: July 16–20, 2014, Long Beach
SandSations has been a favorite event in Long Beach for more than 25 years! Watch professional artists bring beautiful sculptures to life or join in the fun; there are entry levels for all categories, including children.
Jazz and Oysters Water Music Festival: Aug. 17, 2014, Long Beach
This scenic outdoor concert serves up a variety of delights. In addition to live music, listeners can enjoy the Long Beach’s famed Willapa Bay oysters as well as other dishes provided by the area’s finest restaurants.
Westport Seafood Festival and Craft Show: Aug. 30, 2014, Westport
End the summer with a bang! Bring the whole family for a feast of fresh fish, oysters and more. Dance to live music and enjoy local crafts.
Plan your summer excursion today. Check out these summer events, and discover other Washington happenings.
Photo: Sandsations/Keith Schwarts