Astoria - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Astoria

Astoria is that little town that could, a city of 10,000 people on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded 200 years ago at the beginning of Oregon’s North Coast, Astoria has been through boom and bust times more than once, weathering the collapse of both the Columbia River fishery and Oregon timber industry. It has risen once again as a cultural haven, often referred to as “little San Francisco.” Astoria is an old place that is newly hip. Here, Victorian mansions and maritime relics live in harmony with chef-driven restaurants and tattoo parlors.

Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the next corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both nouveau gallery and five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished. The artist who migrated here in search of a new palette. The hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier.

Once you come here and learn these stories, you’ll want to share them with others, and hope they’ll tell others, too. And, it’s a place to which you’ll want to return, to see what other stories you might have missed.

Featured activities

  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

    3914 Pacific Way
    Astoria, Oregon 98644
    800.451.2542

    The Long Beach Peninsula welcomes visitors with all the ingredients of an authentic Northwest coastal experience. Our villages offer great seafood, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, nature's wonders are plentiful.

  • Lance Fisher Fishing

    422 Gateway Ave. #220
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-488-5988

    Lance Fisher Fishing is a fishing guide and fishing charter service based in Astoria, Oregon. Lance targets Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Bottom Fish in the Ocean, at Buoy 10 and on the the Columbia River. We also fish Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay out of of both Garibaldi and Tillamook. Salmon Fishing-- Spring Salmon: March-June Summer Salmon: June-July Fall Salmon: August-November Steelhead Fishing-- Winter Steelhead Fishing: December-March Sturgeon Fishing-- Sturgeon Fishing: June-July Bottom Fishing-- Ling Cod and Bass: May-June

Featured accommodations

  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

    10 Basin St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-325-4996

    Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, named "one of the top 25 hotels in the West" by Sunset Magazine, is a luxury boutique hotel built on the historic site of the former Union Fish Cannery 600 feet into the Columbia River Estuary. Waterfront balconies offer unparalleled views of a real working river and special amenities such as breakfast, wine & hors d'oeuvres, chauffeur driven vintage cars and a full-service Spa with authentic Finnish Sauna and Mineral Therapy Hot Tub make a stay here an extraordinary experience.

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2000

Featured Events

  • The Liberty Theatre Classical Series

    Liberty Theater
    1203 Commercial S
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)325-5922
    September 22, 2018 - May 4, 2019

    The Liberty Theatre is proud to present a second year of classical performances and school workshops.  The first season presented seven workshops within Astoria and Warrenton High Schools, which reached 100+ students.  Thanks to foundations, corporations, and donors, they plan to many more area schools during our 2018/2019 season.

    Along with this exceptional educational outreach, they have chosen performers from around the country that the audience is sure to enjoy.

    • September 22 – Portland Chamber Orchestra 7pm​
    • January 13 – Quartetto Gelato 7pm
    • February 23 – BodyVox Dance 7pm
    • March 7 – Trio Solisti 7pm
    • April 26 – Clarinetist David Shifrin w/ Cary Lewis 7pm
    • May 4 – Soprano Deborah Mayer w/ Cary Lewis 7pm

    The season opener with Portland Chamber Orchestra with Yaacov Bergman, Music Director, is entitled, “The Eight Seasons.”  Works will include:

    • Antonio Vivaldi…..The Four Seasons​
    • Astor Piazzolla….The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Las Cuatro Estaciones Portensas)

    The Portland Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1947 by Finnish composer and conductor, Boris Sirpo, who came to Portland after leaving his war-torn native country, and the orchestra was initially composed entirely of his music students at Lewis and Clark College. Now one of America’s oldest chamber orchestras, the commitment to quality performances of innovative repertoire that was instilled from the beginning continues.

    Tickets available online or at the Box Office, Wed-Sat 2pm-5:30pm.  Single tickets and season packages available.

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  • Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

    Clatsop County Fairgrounds
    92937 Walluski Loop
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    June 21 - 23, 2019

    The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over fifty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items and traditional Scandinavian foods.

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