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Garibaldi Crab Races/Garibaldi Days

Garibaldi, OR

Looking for a fun event for the whole family? Bring them to Garibaldi for Garibaldi  Days and the Garibaldi Crab Races. Garibaldi Days, held Saturday, July 25th, 2015, gets rolling with a big parade at 11 am, followed by lots of games and entertainment throughout the day, including a kids’ fishing tank, a teen dance, and a waterball tug of war between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Garibaldi Fire Department. Families also enjoy rides on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway, which pulls into the Garibaldi station all day.

In the evening, there’s a big fireworks display over the bay.

The Garibaldi Crab Races, held the second weekend in March at the Old Mill in the center of town, is a small-town tradition not to be missed. Where else can you otherwise witness “normal” human beings bang their hands on inclined wooden race lane and use psychic powers to urge their sideways-crawling Dungeness crabs to cross first over the finish line? The human jockeys can’t touch the racers, but bribery, sweet talking and yelling are permitted. 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of these legendary races, and teams from all over the country competed. Human winners earn prizes. The crabs? Well, they can be found in some of the specialty dishes served up for the crowds!