Make a Day of it: Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

If you've never a) run in Newport or b) attended the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival you, friend, are missing out. So this post is to help you "Make a Day of it" in Newport! We've got two events and a festival celebrating - you guessed it - seafood and wine for you. But don't delay ... The Festival is February 25-28 (which happens to be the time period in which the Three Capes Relay is run, also on the Oregon Coast) and takes place practically under the Yaquina Bay Bridge. So I would make the case that you should most definitely run the Three Capes and then head south on 101 to Newport. Then, why not run the Coast Festival Run 5k on Sunday morning at 9a? It's only $20 and starts at the Newport Performing Arts Center, and it's hosted by non-profit Coast Hills Running Club. You can even register online here.

The Newport Seafood and Wine Festival (NSWF, different from NSFW) is a really fun event. When I worked at, we were one of their sponsors and I got to go a few times. Every time, I had a blast – and seafood doesn’t even like me! It’s an amazing chance to buy local wines at great prices, try delicious food from local vendors, and check out crafts from area artists; and everyone – everyone – is in a great mood. Now remember that this is in Newport, where people tend to be more laid-back in general, and you have the perfect pairing.

You can buy Festival tickets online (which I highly recommend – much faster at the event and is likely the only way you can get in on Saturday) for as little as $8.00 (Sunday, admission only). Saturday tickets with the wine glass, for example, are $26. Finding a hotel room for the weekend might be a little tough, so bring a designated driver if you want to skip that to-do and head home the same day.

Have an amazing time – I hope to see you down there!


About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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