The Astoria Regatta, one of the oldest festivals west of the Rockies, is steeped in history and tradition, yet always looking forward. So the theme for this year's festival is "Full Steam Ahead!" Since 1894, The Astoria Regatta has celebrated the entire Lower Columbia area, not just Astoria. We're proud to include all of Clatsop County, including Knappa, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, and Cannon Beach, and everywhere in between! And this year, we've expanded our Visitors page to include 42 awesome sights and attractions from all around our beautiful area.
The Astoria Regatta is designated a Historic Cultural Tradition by the Oregon State Historic Commission.
The Regatta is five full days of wonderful events. It all starts on Wednesday, when we honor last year's Regatta Queen Aubrey with a special farewell Luncheon. Then, that evening, 2016 Astoria Regatta Queen, Aubrey McMahan, will crown a new Queen from this year's Royal Court at the Coronation at The Liberty Theater, followed by a reception, where you can meet the 2017 Regatta Queen and her Royal Court.
On Thursday evening, the Kiwanis Junior Parade winds through the streets of downtown Astoria. It's a great tradition, and a lot of fun for the whole family. Following the parade, head over to Warrenton City Park for a relaxing BBQ and Movie under the stars!
Friday, the many traditional events of the Astoria Regatta start off with the Warrenton Rose Planting which will take place in Warrenton for the first time. Then, the annual Gathering of Past Admirals and Presidents Luncheon, followed by a beautiful tribute to those who have gone to sea, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Navy, Coast Guard, commericial fishermen and others are honored at the Maritime Memorial Park under the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The Sector Commander of the US Coast Guard, Captain William R. Timmons, will preside over the Seamen's Memorial, along with Regatta Admirals and the 2017 Regatta Queen. Friday evening, the Admiral's Reception is one of Astoria's social highlights of the year. It is a grand gathering, featuring appetizers from the best chefs in town, and craft beer and wines from our world-famous micro breweries.
Saturday is the big day! Just before the big parade, runners compete for cash prizes in the 1-mile Fun Run. Then at noon, Grand Land Parade winds its way through the streets of Downtown Astoria, and features fantastic floats, dancers, marching bands, and our own Astoria Regatta Court and this year's Grand Marshal. Throughout the day, the center of the Astoria Regatta universe is Regatta Square, located in the center of the parade downtown. Here, you can get re-charged with some incredible BBQ, visit the Beer Garden, and after the parade has ended, enjoy live entertainment on the Main Stage. Also located at Regatta Square is the Kid's Fun Zone, which offers even more fun for the little ones.
Saturday afternoon is when the actual "Regatta" takes place, as the Astoria Yacht Club begins two days of Sailboat Races. Then, before the sun goes down, the Highwater Boat Parade gives you the chance to see a variety of vessels, large and small, from small sport craft and sailboats to commercial fishing boats and larger industrial craft. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Columbia River Bar Pilots as they lead the parade with the Regatta Queen, and Royal Court aboard.
Then after the Highwater Boat Parade, on Saturday evening, there will be the first annual Regatta Dance, followed by celebrating the end of another fabulous Astoria Regatta with a spectacular Fireworks show at the East Mooring Basin. It's a stirring and memorable way to end a fun day!
On Sunday afternoon, the Astoria Regatta closes out with a beautiful and moving Annual Regatta Concert, presented by the Columbia River Symphony at Astoria High School.
You can find out more about each of the events and more by exploring our website. An excellent way to preview the many things the Astoria Regatta has to offer is to spend some time going through the over 3000 photos from past Regattas in our extensive Photo Galleries. And if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to Contact Us.
So come and join us for the oldest festival west of the Rocky Mountains, and experience all the wonderful restaurants and shops in our historic downtown area, visit our landmarks, and explore the rest of the beautiful Sunset Empire while you are here. You might never want to leave!
| Admiral / Dignitaries
| Regatta Court
| Sponsors / Volunteers
| Official Regatta Pins