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Ilwaco forms the base of the Long Beach Peninsula, and is surrounded by Baker Bay, the Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean. Protected by tall headlands to the west, Ilwaco lies northeast of Cape Disappointment, at what is regarded as one of the most treacherous river bars in the world. Before jetties were constructed to control its sandbar, the mouth of the Columbia River was known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific."

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station, 4 miles southeast of Ilwaco, is the home of one of the largest search and rescue facilities in the state. It also houses the Coast Guard's only heavy-weather Motor Lifeboat School.

Tourism, forestry, and cranberry farming play an important role in the community's economy.

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05/27 Coming to The area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!
4th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering Astoria OR May30-June2 You'll hear guitars, ukeleles, banjos, and fiddles playing their tunes at the tenor guitar gathering.