Winter means that the Oregon Coast whale watching and storm watching season has officially begun - but it’s also the season for paddling quiet water trails, finding agates and glass balls on the beach, sampling beers and shopping for antiques.
Winter’s crashing waves bring the best storm watching, and also expose the rocks along the beach, making January a great month for finding agates. The oceanside village of Yachats celebrates this local gem with the first ever Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show on January 21 and 22. This weekend festival will feature spectacular displays as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages. And a walk along Yachat’s basalt headlands promises beautiful tidepools, breathtaking churns and blow holes, and some of the most dramatic surf action in the world.
“Pouring at the Coast” (March 16 and 17 in Seaside) embraces winter with an intimate 5-course Brewer’s Dinner on Friday evening and a Craft Beer tasting and food pairing festival on Saturday. Sample more than 30 handcrafted beers by 14 of Oregon’s lauded brewers. The Confluence Wine Beer Seafood and Music Festival in Reedsport and Newport Seafood & Wine Festival roll out each February.
Now through Memorial Day, it’s “Finders Keepers” on Lincoln City beaches, where colorful hand-blown glass floats are placed on the beach every day (weather and ocean conditions permitting). Look for a special drop of antique Japanese glass floats during the Antique Week in Lincoln City from February 10 to 20.
The 10-day event includes a scavenger hunt at antique stores, a geocache challenge, special drop of antique Japanese glass floats along the beach, historical tours, and special events hosted by Harry Rinker, star of the HGTV series Collector Inspector.
For more details on The People’s Coast and events there click on visittheoregoncoast.com/
For more information about top events in Oregon take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Oregon.