If beachcombing and eating seafood aren’t quintessential Yachats activities, then we don’t know what is. January brings the annual celebrations of both agates and crabbing to the area, so you can get your fix of some of the best the Oregon Coast has to offer.

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5th annual Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show

January 16-17, 2016

The low down

See first hand some of the most spectacular agates, minerals, gems, crystals, and fossils from the Oregon Coast! Vendors from throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California will be on hand to display and sell rough specimens and their finished artistic creations. The festival weekend will feature many family friendly learning opportunities and exciting guest speakers. The Oregon Coast Agate Club will also host demonstrations and club displays.

The background

Dubbed the “Gem of the Oregon Coast,” Yachats is internationally known for its natural beauty, including the treasures uncovered by winter storms and winds, making January a prime time for agate hunting. Since the festival began in 2012, the event has been a big success, drawing visitors from throughout the northwest and beyond. Merchants, restaurants and lodging providers enjoy participating in the weekend activities.

The details

The show will take place at the Yachats Commons, located at Highway 101 and West 4th Street in the heart of town. More information may be obtained by visiting the Agate Festival website at www.yachatsagatefestival.com, the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.yachats.org, or by contacting the Yachats Visitor Center at 800-929-0477.

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The Yachats Annual Crab Feed

Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016

The low down

Prepare to salivate: All you can eat crab with garlic bread, cole slaw, baked beans, and choice of soda or coffee. This event is a longstanding tradition for families and groups, and it’s an annual trek for many from both Oregon and Washington. Each year the Yachats Lions serve up over 1,000 pounds of fresh crab to an average of 500 people at two venues. Both the Yachats Commons and the Yachats Lions Hall fill up for this mouthwatering meal each year.

The background

Dungeness crab have been landed commercially on the west coast of the United States since 1848 when San Francisco fishermen began the fishery. The current foundation for regulation in the fishery, size, sex, and season was established more than 100 years ago. Since the fishery was established, Oregon has consistently been one of the largest producers of Dungeness crab on the west coast. The Ocean and Columbia River commercial crab fishery is considered the most valuable single species commercial fishery in Oregon, harvesting a long-term average (25 years) of 14 million pounds of crab per season.

The details

Advance tickets will be available by mail, Yachats Lions Club, PO Box 66, Yachats, OR 97498, by email at [email protected], or locally in Yachats at the Yachats Lions Thrift Store, 236 4th St and Judith’s Kitchen Tools, 261 Hwy 101 N.

There will be 3 seatings:

  • 12:30 pm at the Yachats Commons (175 tickets)
  • 4:00 pm seating at the Yachats Commons (175 tickets)
  • 4:00 pm seating at the Yachats Lions Hall (175 tickets)

All sales are final. Be sure to let them know what seating you are interested in, party name, and number of people in your group. Call 541-563-5649 for more information.

Find out more about crabbing and other local beachfront activities in the Yachats area in the Overleaf Lodge Local Activities section of our website.

Of course, a weekend of crab and agate festivities in Yachats would not be complete without a stay at the Overleaf Lodge. We hope to see you for the festivities.  Book your reservation today!