Warm weather is here and it’s time to start planning all the funs things we can do! Summer events in Grays Harbor including everything from art to bear stew, what more could you want? If you are looking for family-friendly activities in Ocean Shores, McCleary and throughout the harbor, look no further! Here are don’t-miss some summer events in Grays Harbor County.

Wearable Art Show

June 3: 6:30 p.m.
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W Chance a La Mer NW, Ocean Shores

This fun event supports the Stage West Community Theatre. Head to the Ocean Shores Convention Center for a night of incredible fashion and design at the Wearable Art Show. Designers will create some astounding outfits – some not-so-functional but incredible to look at! Purchase tickets on the Wearable Art Show website.

Ride the Harbor: Tour de Wellness Bike Ride

June 17
McCleary (start)

If you like to be active, get a group of your friends together or your family and enter the Ride the Harbor: Tour de Wellness Bike Ride! Put on by the Summit Pacific Foundation, this fun bike ride has three different race lengths and none are timed, so it’s the perfect event for the relaxed rider. Find out more and register at the Summit Pacific website.

Three finish lines have been established throughout the Grays Harbor County to make Summit Pacific Medical Center’s Ride the Harbor: Tour de Wellness accessible to everyone. Photo courtesy: Summit Pacific Medical Center

Sand and Sawdust Festival

June 23-25
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W Chance a La Mer NW, Ocean Shores

Celebrate our unique heritage here in Grays Harbor by combining the beach with our logging roots at the Sand and Sawdust Festival in Ocean Shores. This not-to-be-missed festival is the largest chainsaw festival in Washington State! Look at chainsaw carvings and sand sculptures created by 30 carvers using our local sand as well as logs from Cedar Forests. Daily live auctions allow to you take some of the incredible wood carvings home. There will also be vendors, food, a beer garden and live music. For more information, visit the Tourism Ocean Shores website.

Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze

June 23-25

Join the Half Moon Bay Pirates as they take over Westport for a pirate-y good time at the Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze! There will be activities, food and plenty of fun for the entire family. They are a nonprofit organization with a mission to lift the spirits of children. They are always looking for volunteers too if you want to join the crew! Keep watch on the Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze website or Facebook page for more information on the event.

large group of people with a bunch of pirates in the middle of a town street
Pirate Dazes is a fun event for the entire family with plenty of fun for the kids. Photo courtesy: Half Moon Bay Pirates

McCleary Bear Festival

July 7-9

Ever wanted to try bear stew? Head to the McCleary Bear Festival this summer in Grays Harbor! More than just bear, the festival has great food and lots of fun, including a parade and lots of activities for the whole family. For more information, visit the McCleary Bear Festival website.

Grays Harbor County Fair

August 2-6
Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds
32 Elma McCleary Rd, Elma

Animals, cotton candy, rides, carnival games, live entertainment and more await you at the Grays Harbor County Fair! Support the hard-working 4-H kids and have some fun – it’s what summer is all about! Get more information at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds website.

kid playing a carnival game and getting handed a prize
There are always a ton of fun games and carnival rides the Grays Harbor County Fair. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor County Tourism

Gnome and Fairy Festival

August 19

The Seabrook town center will be transformed into a fairy village where you can meet and greet the fae folk as well as their friends the gnomes! The whole family will love the activities in store during this fantastical day. Follow Seabrook, Washington’s Facebook page for more information on the event.

Westport Art Festival

August 19-20
Westport Marina

Take a walk along the Westport Marina and enjoy art created by local artists at the 26th annual Westport Art Festival. Along with art, there will be live music, food and activities for kids. Leashed dogs are welcome too! Charter fishing and crabbing, tour a cranberry bog or the lighthouse, explore the museum, go surfing or stroll the miles of beach – there are many more activities as well! For more information, visit the Westport Art Festival website.

race cars on a dirt track in gray harbor
Grays Harbor Raceway will play host to the World of Outlaws with the world’s best sprint car drivers battling it out. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor Raceway

World of Outlaws

September 4
Grays Harbor Raceway
32 Elma McCleary Rd, Elma

What better way to end summer than with fast cars? This marks the 32nd appearance at the Grays Harbor Raceway. Carson Macedo is scheduled to return to defend his 2022 title. For tickets, head to the Grays Harbor Raceway website.

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