Cannon Beach Seasonal Activities
Just about every time of year is a great time to visit the Oregon Coast. Each season in Cannon Beach offers something exciting and unique. From whale or puffin watching to annual events and farmers' markets, Cannon Beach is brimming with year-round fun.
Haystack Rock Awareness Beach Program
February to October
This annual 8-month-long program is centered around the iconic Haystack Rock, a geologic phenomenon that throngs of visitors photograph every year. Local volunteers, armed with information and printed resources hand out at the beach ready to educate visitors on the importance of Haystack Rock.
Cannon Beach Gray Whale Watching
December to January
During the heart of winter, gray whales migrate south from the arctic along the Oregon Coast, passing Cannon Beach.
Top spots for whale watching from the shore include Ecola State Park and Grassy Dunes at Haystack Rock
November to December
The Cannon Beach community celebrates the season of light and giving with Haystack Holidays. Comprised of a series of events, including local shopping events, festive theater performances, appearances by Santa and a holiday concert. In addition, local business and homeowners deck their halls and compete in the Cannon Beach in Lights contest.
Haystack Holidays kicks off after Thanksgiving.