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41st Northwest Garlic Festival

Expect plenty of wonderous things to happen at this year’s 41st NW Garlic Festival.
The theme this year is the Magic of Garlic!
And our first feat of magic is to MOVE THE FESTIVAL BACK TO THE HEART OF OCEAN PARK!
We also have a magician lined up to amaze you, both on stage and through the crowds 🙂
Expect the same friendly and relaxed atmosphere as last year, with several of your favorite & wonderful specialty vendors plus new and equally fantastic ones.
And as always, great music to enjoy while nibbling delicious food.
Roy E. Sheldon Park, immediately across from the Ocean Park Elementary School,
25701 Ocean Beach Hwy (aka vernon aka Pacific),
is the place to be on September 16 & 17!

Right across from Ocean Park Elementary…the heart of Ocean Park 🙂

VENDORS for the 41st NW Garlic Festival!

Entertainment Schedule

After the festival, make sure to wander through downtown Ocean Park and the villages of the north end ~ Nahcotta, Oysterville, Surfside & Klipsan Beach!
The 2023 Ocean Park Area Getaway brochure will be available at the festival to guide you.
It is also on our website,
(go to the Home page to download the brochure).

Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to produce this well loved event. Please consider volunteering as one of the Garlic Festival Crew in 2023. You don’t have to be a chamber member to help and remember…many hands make light work…plus, it’s fun to boot!
Set a reminder to check in with the Chamber (opchamber@opwa.com or 360-665-4448). We would love to add you to the Garlic Crew 🙂

2023 NW Garlic Festival Poster

The 41st NW Garlic Festival poster is available to purchase at the Ocean Park Area Chamber office ~ Cost is $20 ~ cash or check. 1715 Bay Ave, OP ~ open tue to Sat noon to 4 pm…360-665-4448.
A portion of all fundraising proceeds will be donated to local youth organizations. In 2022 we were happy to donate to FOOPS ~ Friends of Ocean Park Elementary.

Helen Marston is this year’s winning artist! Her fun and whimsical artwork hit the mark on this year’s theme of the magic of garlic!

Don’t miss the Pom Pom Map!

At the festival entry, visitors were invited to find their home region on a
large color coded map and then plop appropriately colored balls into containers to show just
where the crowds hail from.

Entry to the festival is always free with ample street parking around Sheldon Park. Please do be mindful of the neighbors yards! Handicap parking is available close in. Signs will help direct you…if you have any questions during the festival, please head to the entry tent or look for someone with a Garlic Festival Crew badge.

This was so much fun in 2022 that we are expanding the concept! We are adding more pom-poms and larger containers…now everyone can really “see” where visitors to the festival came from 🙂

Bringing Fido? Make sure all pets are leashed and please make use of baggie stations on the field.
Unruly four-legged guests will be asked to take their owners home 😉
No smoking on festival field, please…

Clementine, an Ocean Park celebrity was, as always, the perfectly polite charmer at the 2022 festival.

Pacific County Fire District #1 is on site both days with information about their annual Toys for Peninsula Kids program and to provide aid if needed. The Ocean Beach School District is the venue host and the Ocean Park Area Chamber produces the event. Our OBSD contact is Chris Patana and he, his crew and the school district could not be more welcoming…thank you!

September is the doorway to fall’s harvest and the beginning of holiday gift shopping…a crisp energy is in the air…it is a perfect time to savor all things garlic. Remember…it’s chic to reek ~ at the 41st NW Garlic Festival in 2023, back in the heart of Ocean Park!

After enjoying the festival, check out our villages and all OPACC members ~ Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Surfside and Oysterville (as well as all of Pacific County) offer great food, lodging, shopping and incredible nature walks…and of course, there is the beach! Great to stroll, relax, beachcomb, and make sandcastles. We are a step away from the crowds on the north end of the peninsula, but we are filled with wonders to explore!

walking dog on ocean beach

VENDOR REGISTRATION & POSTER CONTEST IS CLOSED FOR 2023…here’s a look at the 2023 forms for future planning!

2024 Forms up Feb/March of 2024

41st NW Garlic Festival Vendor Information and Registration

Click below to print

41st NW Garlic Festival Poster Contest Information…theme is the magic of garlic

Click below to print

Just a Little Garlic Festival History

Although the festival has been produced by the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce for the last many years, it started as a smaller celebration by Chefs Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main, then owners of the world-famous Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta, Washington. From that early beginning in 1982 the festival has grown to its present size. Sadly, Jimella Lucas has passed away but Chef Nancy Main still lives in Ocean Park and is a very busy community member. Many also know their names from the many delectable cookbooks they wrote that are sought after still 🙂

Note: OPACC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.  Political groups and political campaign activities are not allowed at OPACC events and meetings.