Experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through the events of Grays Harbor County! Enjoy our community, food, and events with activities for the whole family!

Pacific Beach’s 2D sand art contest

January 20, 2023 - February 10, 2023

Where: Clipper Inn See Map

The Clipperverse is sponsoring Pacific Beach’s first 2D Sand Art contest. Drawings, paintings, photos, decoupage, newspaper clippings, AI generated images are all welcome.
Please submit your entry to Brook.Ritter@Clipperinn.net as a JPEG or PNG.
The entries will be posted on Facebook page Pacific Beach WA Vacation without your contact data.

~1st Place – Bottle of Wine or $25.00 (you choose, must be 21 and over for wine)
~People’s Choice – Bottle of Wine or $25.00 (you choose, must be 21 and over for wine)

~1 entry per person
~Must be original, submitter asserts they are the creator of the image and have copyright privilege to enter the contest
~Must be reasonably family friendly
~Entries are due by Friday February 10, 2023
**Winners grant Clipperverse the right to use the winning image in our image rotation, as the creator, you retain your copyright

~Title (optional)
~Your name
~Your contact info
~The name or identifier you wish to be used on Facebook post (optional)

This contest is open to anyone, but you have to come into the Clipper Shipper, (45 Main St.) in person to pick up your prize.

10 pts ~ Congruence. Does it look like it could be made of sand. For example an image of lead crystal, or a plastic lego would earn no points and the judges would cease scoring.
10 pts ~ Aspect ratio 3:2, your basic landscape mode.
10 pts ~ Sense of scale, for instance if you take a photo of a real sandcastle, put a known object like a quarter somewhere in the picture.
20 pts ~ Originality – does the art look like it was formed from a dollar store sand castle mold, or does it look like something that you would see in a professional sand art contest.
20 pts ~ Quality of composition, is the image generally pleasing, visually interesting, striking
30 pts ~ Main Street Pacific Beach is part of the picture. Any recognizable part of Main Street will suffice. For instance, build your castle on a baking pan in front of the Gazebo. Or, draw a street sign that resembles one of the Main Street signs and make that part of your image.
Judges are: Brook Ritter, Stephen Northcutt, Janet Miller Debely, Peter Edgar & Andrew Emmitt

The 15th annual Burning Bear Festival

February 10, 2023 - February 12, 2023

Where: Ocean City Marketplace - 2619 State Route 109, Ocean City, WA, United States, Washington See Map

The 15th annual Burning Bear festival is coming up Feb 10-12, 2023 at Ocean City Marketplace in Ocean City, WA. For 3 days carvers from all over come together for camaraderie, art and yes, to burn a bear.
Chainsaws will roar while artists are carving live all weekend with the finished pieces being auctioned off Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 4pm. And don’t forget about the signature giant bear that is carved by festival participants that then becomes the center piece of a bonfire Saturday night at dusk, THE BEAR BURNS.
We still have rooms available at the Clipper Inn, book here: Clipperinn.net
A few of us from the Clipperverse will be there, hope to see you.

International Mermaid Museum Festival

April 1, 2023 - April 9, 2023

Where: Mermaid Museum: 1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, WA 98520 See Map

The International Mermaid Museum is holding its 2023 Mermaid Festival from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9. During this nine-day event it is free to visit the museum from 11am to 6pm and to enjoy the festival from noon to 5pm.

In addition to the museum’s enchanting educational exhibits, the festival boasts a series of special attractions for visitors of all ages during this celebration of the sea. Everyone will enjoy seeing mermaids and bigfoot around the museum, gardens, and the event tent.

The Northwest’s famous Una the Mermaid will be performing underwater in her tank from noon to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm on weekends. On weekdays she will be available for photos from noon to 2pm and will perform in the tank from 2pm to 4pm.

Olive the Alchemist, founder of the Seattle Mermaid School, will preside on the mermaid throne in the museum every day except Saturday, April 8. On that Saturday their team will host an open swim, with playful obstacle course and freediving challenges, plus bookable underwater photography sessions for merfolk of all ages at the Grays Harbor YMCA. They will host an awards ceremony based on Saturday’s water fun at the museum during the final day of the festival. Attendees are encouraged to dress in merfolk-inspired creative-black-tie for the ceremony.

Vertical Axis performers Nick Perry and Amanda Thornton will perform daily on their high wire at 1:00, 3:15, 4:30 (with the exception of April 8). Theirs is a combination of music and dance while suspended from a 20-foot tower.

All ages will want to see the Pacific Northwest Unicorns for greeting and photos from 1pm to 3pm each day of the festival.

In the tent, guests can look forward to meeting the artists and crafters in person as they shop woodworking, jewelry, knotwork, acrylic and watercolor paintings, jewelry, soaps, gifts, and a host of mixed media art.

Author Brianna Tibbets will be signing and selling her young adult book, Head Over Tails, that on April 1 and 2.

Mermaid and author Aura Stiles will be signing and selling her book A Dream Made Real on April 1 and 2. Mermaid Aura, and her partner Merman Mike, will perform as the Bad Little Space Mermaids at 4pm on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. The duo plays Celtic themed folk music, woven with poetry and mythology. Mermaid harpist Ruth Navarre will be performing with them.

Marissa Meyer will be signing books from 1pm to 3pm on April 8. She is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Renegades Trilogy, The Lunar Chronicles series, the Wires and Nerve graphic novels, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. The Little Android, one of the Lunar Chronicles, is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Her first standalone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. Marissa created and hosts a podcast called The Happy Writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

Mermaid Pockets, of What Dwells Beneath, will be offering original artwork as well as prints. At her side, Pirate Cliff will offer oyster shucking for pearls to be made into jewelry. Photos with both are always welcome.

In addition to the Sea Glass Grill, festival guests can enjoy tasty treats from Buckin’ Beans Coffee Company and Mellie’s Mini Donuts. Museum executive director, Bailey Cavender, is looking for two more food vendors. Those interested can contact her via email at Bailey@WestportWinery.com.

All day, every day, kids can participate in a Pirate’s Treasure Hunt in the museum with prizes for those who complete the puzzle and find the treasure, plus there is a free gyotaku (fish printing) station.

Inside the museum there is a fee for guests who want to mine fossils, shells or gems, in the museum’s sluice box or for activating the mermaid fortune teller or the penny squisher.

The International Mermaid Museum is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology uniting world oceanic cultures. The International Mermaid Museum is located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort, halfway between Aberdeen and Westport on the Washington Coast. For more information go to www.MermaidMuseum.org.

The museum has three levels of annual membership. Each offers a year of free visits to the museum along with significant swag! A SOLO membership is $10 and includes a decal and a mug. A PAIR membership for two includes a decal and two mugs for $20. And a POD membership for a family of up to eight includes a decal, and ornament and two mugs for only $40.

Another special and forever gift is to purchase a commemorative brick, block or bench. Each custom engraved 4” x 8” brick is $100. A double 8” x 8” brick is $200. There are two styles of concrete benches available for $1000 each. Go to https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/mermaidmuseum.

You can order your membership by phone by calling 360-310-4882 or emailing info@mermaidmuseum.org. The International Mermaid Museum is located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort and is open daily 11am to 6pm.

Hog Wild 2023

July 28, 2023 - July 30, 2023

Where: Ocean Shores Convention Center 120 W Chance a La Mer NW Ocean Shores, Washington 98569 See Map

A tradition spanning decades, the Hog Wild Motorcycle Run is the biggest motorcycle rally in western Washington. Riders come from all over the country to participate in the fun, music, food and cash. Once again this year 1 Wheel Revolution and the Cossacks will be performing BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

Thousands of bikers and bike lovers come to the beach for bike games, stunt and drill team shows, a parade, bike show with awards, tattoo contest, biker babes, beer gardens, organized rides, live music, and vendors.