Welcome to the 2015 Astoria Regatta!

Rockin on the River is the theme for this year's annual celebration, which 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 through downtown Astoria is a treat for the whole family.

Thursday, Queen of Regatta Claire Helligso will crown a new Queen from this year's Royal Court at the Coronation at The Liberty Theater. There is a Queen's Reception immediately following.

Friday morning, things kick off in earnest 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 with Regatta Admiral Pat Reiten and the new Queen of Regatta. Friday evening, the Admiral's Reception is a highlight of the year. A ticket to the reception is a not to miss opportunity to enjoy a dazzling array of delicious appetizers from the cadre of talented chefs from around town, while enjoying some of the local craft beers and wines. This has become a "signature event" of the festival.

Saturday, the Moose Lodge puts on a Pancake Breakfast before the Royal Rosarians' Rose Planting at the Flavel House Museum. Then, Grand Land Parade snakes through the downtown core. This year's Grand Marshall, Willis Van Dusen, recently served as the mayor of Astoria for 24 years, and Regatta is honored to have him as the Grand Marshall. Make sure to visit the Regatta Square, located in the center of the parade adjacent to the Garden of Surging Waves. The local chefs are cooking up the must eat BBQ of the year, and there will also be a beer garden and main stage where there will be entertainment throughout the afternoon. Regatta Square is the center point of activity on Saturday in downtown Astoria. Also bring the family to Regatta’s Fun Zone, located within Regatta Square.This is always a hit with the little ones.

Midafternoon, the 'regatta' part of Astoria Regatta flows into action. The Highwater Boat Parade will have 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 and Court aboard.

Saturday and Sunday there is also plenty of activity at Tapiola Field, where men’s and women's softball teams battle it out in an annual Softball Tournament that draws players from as far away as the Midwest for the coveted trophy. Just above the softball field, the younger crowd has a skateboard tournament that has been growing in attendance over the last few years.

On Sunday, the final two events are the Ducky Derby in the West End Mooring Basin, and a Annual Regatta Concert at Astoria High School. You can find out more about each of the events and more by exploring our website.

We invite you to come and experience all of the Regatta Festival activities, shop our historic downtown area, visit our landmarks, and explore the rest of the beautiful Sunset Empire while you are here. We promise if you come you will be counting the days until you can visit our area again!

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