Five Star Dealerships’ Sand and Sawdust Festival 2023

Paying tribute to the natural beauty and resources of the Pacific Northwest, the Sand and Sawdust festival is Washington State’s largest chainsaw festival.

The Sawdust

Held on the beach in Ocean Shores and at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, this free festival features more than 30 carvers from around the northwest and world creating sculptures out of sand from the Pacific Ocean and logs from the Cedar Forests.

At the Convention Center, Friday and Saturday the Festival features:

  • Vendor booths
  • Food booths
  • Beer garden
  • Bar
  • Chainsaw Art Show and Auction – the largest chainsaw art auction in Washington State. Friday, Saturday and Sunday chainsaw artists will create over 100 chainsaw sculptures as festivalgoers watch the process. Attendees will be able to bid on their favorite sculptures at the conclusion of each day. Another nail-biting, adrenaline-rushing event, the Chainsaw Quick Carve Competition, will captivate the audience Friday and Saturday.
  • Live music -Shake off all that sand and sawdust and dance to the music of Johnny and the Bad Boys, Washington Old Time Fiddlers and Deer Swerver.   

Please see our official event schedule for event times.

The Sand

The sand activities take place on the sandy shoreline at the Chance a la Mer NW beach entrance in Ocean Shores. Watch and learn how artist Justin the Circler creates unique geometric sand art in his free Sand Drawing Workshops Friday and Saturday. Justin will be drawing his art on the beach Saturday and Sunday and will have sand tools for people to borrow.  

Watch master sand sculpting team Form Finders as they build the 2023 Sand and Sawdust life-size sandcastle Friday. Want to advance your own sand art skills? Form Finders will offer sandcastle building workshops on Friday and Saturday. Put your new skills to the test and enter the amateur Sandcastle Building Competition Saturday. Teams can sign up on the Sand and Sawdust website, at the festival or Saturday morning on the beach. There will be a giant hill of sand, complete with toys for kids of all ages to play with on Friday and Saturday. New to the festival this year is the Quick Carve Sand Sculpting Contest on Sunday at the Convention Center.

What’s a day at the beach without kites? Watch professional kite fliers fill the sky with colorful 2-line and quad-line kite flying demonstrations on Saturday. The first 200 kids will receive free kite kits from Ocean Shores Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The sand art does not end at the beach; around the town of Ocean Shores, watch the building of three sand sculptures in the Master Sand Sculpture Contest. Thursday through Saturday, artists will compete with their creations for Bennett’s Fish Shack (at the Convention Center), Playtime Family Fun (752 Point Brown Ave NE), and Oyhut Bay Seaside Village (300 Lodge Ave SW). The sculptures will be on display until nature blows away the sand.

Sun, sand, sawdust and smiles – more reasons to come and Explore the Shores at another fun-filled event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center!