Astoria Music Festival . Fans of opera and classical works flock to this increasingly popular festival, which mounts more than 20 performances, over 16 days in late June and early July. www.astoriamusicfestival.org.

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. It can be tough to find a room—or parking spot—during this single-day mid-June festival that's been going strong for more than 50 years and showcases the amazingly detailed sand constructions of both professional and amateur teams. www.cannonbeach.org.

Cranberry Festival. In Bandon each September this festival in celebration of the town's most famous product (well, after seafood) comprises a fair and parade. www.bandon.com/cranberry-festival.

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. This renowned foodie gathering takes place the last full weekend in February and bills itself the premier seafood and wine event of the Oregon Coast. Dozens of wineries are represented at this expansive celebration, which also features myriad crafts and eateries. www.seafoodandwine.com.

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