GREAT FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: To celebrate Mardi gras come taste the best Jambalaya Lincoln City has to offer. Held in the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, this event offers a live cooking competition, Jambalaya samples and a people’s choice award. A panel of judges will decide which is the most authentic dish, and one lucky NW Chef will claim first place! Visit the Jambalaya Cook-Off website!
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate Black History Month all month long in Lincoln City.
ANTIQUE WEEK: Each year, in early February, Lincoln City celebrates antiquing during a 10-day long festival that includes activities like antique sales, appraise-a-thons, exhibits workshops, antique celebrity appearances, and other good fun. Activities vary yearly.
SPRING BREAK IN LINCOLN CITY: Featuring Oregon Made Films Festival, glass float promotions and more!
GREAT OREGON COAST GARAGE SALE: More than 100 individual and organizational garage sales occur on the same weekend.
The sales are listed in a guide indicating dates, times, and locations and directions. Shop the coast to look for “another man’s treasure.” This one is free until you find the items you just can’t walk away from. Allow at least a day to catch the sales most appealing to you—two days is even better.
CASCADE HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Music bursts forth at the Cascade Head Music Festival, held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE 6th.. Here you can introduce yourself to or reacquaint yourself with some of the finest jazz and classical music and musicians in the world. Single ticket purchases are available at www.cascadeheadmusic.com.
LEARNING FEAST Lincoln City’s Learning Feast is two-week program featuring an interesting collection of classes and seminars where you can come to Lincoln City and learn something new.
FISH TACO COOK-OFF: Lincoln City celebrates Cinco de Mayo at the Fish Taco Cook-off in the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. Included are a live cooking competition, fish taco samples, and a people’s choice award. During our “Iron Chef” competition a panel of judges will decide which NW Chef deserves to claim first place for the “Best” fish tacos.
MUTT MASTERS DOG SHOW & OLYMPICS: Lincoln City hosts Mutt Masters at the old Taft Elementary School, located at 1545 SE 50th Street. It’s a day of exciting competitions, including physical sports, fun show categories and pure breed events. Pre-registration is recommended and limited by category. For humans there will be booths with pet information, gifts, and activities for the kids. Bring the whole family, even if you leave your mutt at home.
CASCADE HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Music bursts forth at the Cascade Head Music Festival, which occurs on three weekends in June. Here you can introduce yourself to or reacquaint yourself with some of the finest classical music and musicians in the world.
KITE FESTIVAL: To round out spring and send you smiling into summer, the fourth weekend in June brings the first of three annual Kite Festivals, the Summer Kite Festival at the D-River Wayside. Here experts and novices alike fly hundreds of colorful and uniquely-shaped kites, from fierce dragons, to enormous cuddly bears. The festival offers kite-making workshops, contests, demonstrations, and “beach food.” Admission is free. Motor coach drop off available, handicap accessible, public restrooms.
FIREWORKS: Come celebrate Independence Day at the firework display located in the Historic Taft District overlooking the Siletz Bay. Fireworks start at dusk.
SAND CASTLE CONTEST: As an added beach activity, the Bay Area Merchants Association sponsors the annual Sandcastle Building Competition on Siletz Bay on SW 51st Street. There you can eat more beach food and build the castle of your dreams. Public restrooms, food, handicap accessibility, motor coach parking nearby. Admission is free.
CELEBRATION OF HONOR: The Celebration of Honor is a community-wide veteran appreciation weekend sponsored primarily by Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Lincoln City former Mayor Hollingsworth declared the 4th weekend of September to be a celebration of our veterans. Enjoy military and memorial exhibits, special hotel rates and discounts, kids’ games and more – all around town!
MUSHROOM COOK-OFF: Watch as Oregon chefs compete to bring home first place at the annual Mushroom Cook-Off! Enjoy; People’s Choice, Live Cooking Competion, Food Vendors, Mushroom Foraging Tours, Mushroom Identification and more! At the Culinary Center in Lincoln City.
FALL KITE FESTIVAL: The second kite festival of each year, at the D River Wayside, is the Fall Kite Festival. This event brings professional kite flyers from all over the world.
FINDERS KEEPERS: Each year Lincoln City celebrates its history of collecting Japanese glass fishing floats with Finders Keepers: from mid-October to Memorial Day, more than 2000 handcrafted glass floats are placed on Lincoln City beaches for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. 1000 glass sand dollars will be placed sporadically on special occasions throughout the year as well.
GLASS GALA: Glass Gala is the event that kicks off Lincoln City’s annual Finders Keepers program. The evening event features food, live music and dancing – plus a handcrafted glass float as a favor. Tickets are available annually, the day after Labor Day.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Native American Heritage Month started at the turn of the (20th) century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
LINCOLN CITY CHOWDER COOK-OFF: The annual Lincoln City Chowder Cook-Off takes place each year in November. The event includes food and beverage vendors, cooking competitions, live music, live cooking demonstrations and much more. Guest participation is encouraged!