While the Pacific Northwest boasts countless seaside towns with beautiful beach vacation rentals, Oregon vacationers might just be best-off staying in Lincoln City due to its wide range of activities throughout the year. Summer is around the corner, and with May about to bring us those flowers in exchange for all the April showers, it’s not a bad time to think about all the exciting things going on as the sunny season gets underway. Once you’ve booked your beach house or beach condo rentals, there will be plenty to keep you busy in Lincoln City. These are just a few of the big goings-on you can look forward to:
Crabbing, Clamming, Tide-Pooling & Beachcombing Clinics
Looking for a hands-on experience of the ocean? One of these clinics is definitely for you! The Coastal Encounters crabbing clinic with Bill Lackner starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Driftwood Public Library on May 1st and 15th, while the clamming clinic starts with a lecture at the same library at 10 a.m. on May 30th followed by a trip to Siletz Bay for clamming. The Tide Pool Clinic will starts= at the NW 15th Street Beach Access at 11 a.m. on May 5th, 8:30 a.m. on May 16th & 17th and at 9:30 a.m. on May 19th. Last but not least, the Coastal Encounters Beachcombing 101 clinic with author Kay Myers starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Driftwood Public Library on May 22nd.
Cooking Classes at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City
If you love preparing and eating fine food, perhaps a cooking class at Lincoln City’s Culinary Center is the ideal way for you to spend a day. The center often hosts cooking classes from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturdays for a set $75 fee including a meal and drinks at the end. The Culinary Center will be hosting a Hands-On Mexican Cooking Class for Cinco de Mayo on May 5th and a Hands-On Sichuan Cooking Class on May 12th. If you prefer to sit back and relax during a cooking demonstration, followed by food and wine, then perhaps you might also enjoy the two-hour Sicilian Street Food Demonstration for $45 on May 19th.
Art on the Edge Studio Tour and Showcase
The Chessman Gallery at the Lincoln City Cultural Center will host the 2nd Annual Central Oregon Coast Art Studio Tour this May. This year’s theme is “Art on the Edge” and the opening reception will take place on the 11th of May from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring local visual artists who are opening their studio spaces up to the public. The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18th to 20th.
Special Glass Drops on the Beach
May is a particularly amazing time to be in Lincoln City because this is the final month of the Finders Keepers on the Beach season when “float fairies” drop colorful glass floats made by local artists along the coast every day. There will be a special glass drop celebration for Mother’s Day on May 12th and 13th, as well as for the Closing Weekend from May 26-28. Come out to the 7½ of coastline in Lincoln City and see if you can find yourself an artisanal souvenir to take home with you!
Fleet of Flowers Memorial Day Ceremony
The 73rd Annual Fleet of Flowers Memorial Day Ceremony will take place this May 28th at 11 a.m. in Depoe Bay. If you’re in town for the Memorial Day Weekend, you will definitely want to pay your respects to those who were lost in land, air and sea while enjoying this fishing fleet decorated with beautiful flowers that sails out to the sea, followed by a festive reception.
There is so much more going on in Lincoln City this May that it would be tough to list it all. From bands performing at the Chinook Winds Casino and other local venues to a bird walk with the Lincoln City Audubon Society and a tea party at the Connie Hansen Garden to African dance and ballet at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, there’s something for everyone. Once you book your beach house rentals in Lincoln City it’s up to you how you’ll spend your time in this charming, oceanfront paradise!