Welcome to the 2016 Astoria Regatta!
To commemorate the 50th birthday of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the theme for this year's festival is "Bridge to Everywhere". The Astoria Regatta started in 1894 and has been designated a Historic Cultural Tradition by the Oregon State Historic Commission, and promises to have something for everyone to enjoy.
Wednesday evening, the Kiwanis Junior Parade kicks off the Regatta Festival on the streets of downtown Astoria. It's a great tradition, and a lot of fun for the whole family.
Thursday, 2015 Astoria Regatta Queen, Aly Bentley, 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 2016 Regatta Queen and her Royal Court.
Friday morning, the many traditional events of the Astoria Regatta, start off with 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, Daniel Travers, will preside over the Seaman's Memorial, along with Regatta Admiral [TBA] and the 2016 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! It all starts off with the fabulous annual Pancake Breakfast, put on every year by the Moose Lodge. Then, the Royal Rosarians' Rose Planting takes place at the Flavel House Museum. 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 Marshall, [TBD]. 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. And new for 2016, the Regatta is honoring our area's rich history, with exhibits from Scandinavian, Native American, and Chinese culture, also a part of the centrally-located Regatta Square.
Saturday afternoon is actual "Regatta" takes place, as the Astoria Yacht Club begins 2 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 Admiral, Regatta Queen, and Royal Court aboard.
Then finally, on Saturday evening, we celebrate 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, the Astoria Regatta closes out with a beautiful and moving Annual Regatta Concert 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
| Official Regatta Pins