The Labor Day weekend continues two longstanding North Beach traditions — the Paddle-the-Shores human-powered watercraft festival and races on Duck Lake, and the Kelpers Festival and Shake Rat Rendezvous in Pacific Beach and Moclips.
At the first, you can participate in or watch a parade of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and even create your own flotilla; at the second, there is a logging and chainsaw competition, tug-of-war between towns, and a parade like no other on the coast.
• Sept. 3 — Paddle The Shores; races and demonstrations of human-powered watercraft, canoes, kayaks. North Bay Park, 299 Albatross St. NE. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a race meeting at 9:35. The six-mile race begins at 10, with the two-mile race starting at noon, followed by a Poker Run race. There’s also a Cardboard Regatta to enter a boat created from supplied materials that must be launched and paddled around a course, with the race at 3:35 p.m. Vendors and a community picnic afterward.
• Sept. 3-4 — Kelpers Festival and Shake Rat Rendezvous, Pacific Beach. Main parade on Sunday, Kiddies Parade at noon on Saturday, starting at the Post Office in Pacific Beach. Shake Mill events, vendors, live bands and evening dance.
For more info call (360) 276-8377.
• Sept. 9-11 — A.A.O.S. Arts and Crafts Festival; One of Western Washington’s largest indoor & outdoor handmade arts and crafts fair.
• Sept. 10-11: Annual Up Your Wind Kite Festival. Pacific Beach. This is a fun fly event on the beach at Pacific Beach State Park. Sponsored by Hi-Flyers Kite Shop. Call Scott at 360-276-8377 for more info.
• Sept. 10: Hoquiam Logger’s Day Playday, Olympic Stadium. Hoquiam Elks Parade at noon. Logging competitions, log rolling, saw exhibition, fireworks, music and entertainment.
• Sept. 16-18 — 25th Annual Sand Castles and S’mores Festival. Pacific Beach. On the beach, past the State Park near Joe Creek. In partnership with the Museum of the North Beach.
• Sept. 16-18 — Whale of a Quilt Show; Boutique vendors, handmade quilts, demonstrations, and quilted items at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.
• Sept. 17 — International Beach Cleanup. Register online with Washington Coastsavers, begins at 9 am.
• Sept. 23-25 — Bacon Bash at the Ocean Shores Convention Center; All things bacon, with food, vendors, novelties and entertainment. New event.
• Oct. 1 — Big Foot Brew Fest, Seabrook: Enjoy a variety of microbrews. Front Street beer garden.
• Oct. 20-23 — Irish Music Festival, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam. Largest Irish music celebration on the West Coast. (www.galwaybayirishpub.com).
• Nov. 25-27 — Winter Fanta-Sea at the Ocean Shores Convention Center; Unique handmade items just in time for the holidays.
• Nov. 25 — Seabrook annual Christmas Tree Lighting, with hot chocolate bar, cookie exchange, caroling, and Santa arriving on a bike, outside Town Hall in Seabrook.
• Dec. 3 — Community Christmas Tree Lighting Pacific Beach, 5 p.m.The GHFD No. 8 Santa and his crew will be there, local businesses will have treats. Contact Stephanie at (360) 276-0009.
• Dec. 23 — Seabrook’s Holiday Concert at Town Hall, 7 p.m. Performing again this year will be Ericka Corban and a special musical guest; $5 per person, pay at the door.