FAQ

How much is admission and what’s included with it?

Admission pricing varies. Please click on our Home Page for admission costs. Your admission fee gets you in the door of the festival. Each vendor inside sets their own pricing for food, alcohol, artwork, etc. We do have several ATMs on site and some vendors accept credit cards, but bringing cash is advised. We recommend bringing small bills if you’re planning to do wine or beer tasting.

Where can I purchase admission tickets?

All admission ticketing for the festival is done at the main entrance to the fairgrounds building. Even with four doors and a team of hardworking volunteers, expect short lines during peak festival hours.

What are the festival hours?

The festival schedule is different each day. Please click on our Home Page for festival hours.

Where is the festival?

The Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is located at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center on Highway 202 about 4 miles from the junction of Highway 101 in Astoria. The physical address is 92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria.

See the location on a map.

Is there a shuttle to the festival?

Yes! We offer a shuttle bus service that stops at numerous locations in Astoria and the neighboring community of Warrenton. The shuttle costs $3 per person, round trip. We ask that you bring exact fare in cash. You can expect delays during peak festival times, so plan ahead and leave extra travel time. Shuttle bus service is limited on Sunday.

Check out our Getting to the Festival Page for shuttle routes and information.

Can I park my car at the fairgrounds?

Sometimes, yes. Parking at the fairgrounds, which is $15 per vehicle, is extremely limited. The lot does reach capacity during peak festival hours, and cars will be turned away at those times. We recommend utilizing our handy shuttle service (only $3 per person, round trip!) instead of your personal vehicle. RV and/or trailer parking is NOT available at the festival due to the size of the parking lot. Handicap parking is available at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center, but limited.

Are there other transportation options, from communities other than Astoria and Warrenton?

Yes. There are several local businesses that provide shuttles/rides to the festival from other communities, such as Seaside. Please click on our Getting to the Festival Page for more information.

Can I bring my pet with me?

No. The Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center is an animal-free facility during this event.

Can I bring my own wine glass to the festival?

Yes! Feel free to BYOWG (bring your own wine glass) for enjoying tastes and glasses of wine. Or purchase a glass at the event from the official Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival store — see a preview of our 2017 glass on the Merchandise Page — or one of the vendors. Your glass must be empty when entering and leaving the festival.

If I buy a case of wine or other large purchase, what do I do with it?

There is a wine check service and pick-up booth next to the Festival Info Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Festival patrons can check their cases of alcohol (or other large purchases) with participating alcohol vendors or at the pick-up booth itself. Just be sure to pick up your item before you leave the festival! You are not allowed to open bottles of wine or other alcohol at the event.

Am I allowed to bring my own alcohol to the event?

No outside alcohol is allowed at the event or on the event shuttle buses. You may bring sealed bottled water with you. You are also not allowed to open any bottles of wine or other alcohol you purchase at the festival.

How much does the crab dinner cost and what does it include? When is it served?

The crab dinner served at the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival is offered by the Astoria Rotary Club. Fresh Dungeness crab dinners — whole or half crabs at market price — include coleslaw, cocktail sauce and garlic bread. Projected prices: $25 for whole crab dinner and $15 for half crab dinner, but market dictates final price. It’s the Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the proceeds go to scholarships and other projects. The crab dinners, served in the Exhibit Hall, are available during all festival hours, unless supplies run out. Cash only!

What other seafood is available at the festival?

Other seafood items at our festival include crab cakes, smoked oysters, smoked razor clams, crab and shrimp cocktails, spiced prawns, shrimp baskets, whiskey crab soup, crab and shrimp melts, fish tacos, oyster burgers, oyster shooters, clam fritters, seafood gumbo, creole mussel chowder, lobster mac and cheese, lobster and crab fries and more. These different seafood options are provided by various vendors. Be sure to check out our Festival Map & List of Vendors before you attend the festival.

Will there be vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food options at your event?

Yes, some of our food vendors will be selling vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food options. Please inquire with the individual food vendors directly.

What musicians or bands are performing at the festival this year?

Check out the performer schedule on the Entertainment Page.

Can I perform at the festival?

Bands and musicians interested in performing at the festival should click on the Entertainment Page.

Can I smoke or vape at the festival?

No. The Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center is a no-smoking, no-vaping facility. No outside intoxicants allowed.

Where can I get a copy of the printed Festival Guide?

The printed Festival Guide will be available at the front entrance. Or, check it out ahead of time in the PDF version!

What if I lose sight of my child during the event?

Occasionally, a child will get separated from their parent/guardian during the festival. If this happens to your child, please come immediately to the Festival Info Booth, located in the Exhibit Hall next to the Music Stage. If you cannot find your way, ask a festival volunteer (wearing a bright yellow or orange vest) stationed at the main entrance or one of the building’s emergency exits to point you in the right direction. The festival staff will coordinate the search from the Festival Info Booth.

May I bring a stroller for my young kids?

Strollers are permitted, but you should be aware that you may be presented with challenges when navigating through the huge crowds. We encourage families with young kids to attend the festival on Sunday, when crowds are smaller and children get free admission!

I’m bringing a tour bus full of people. What should I do before we arrive?

Please call ahead! Tour bus parking is limited at the event, so advance notice helps us plan for your arrival. We can also arrange some ways to streamline your guests’ experience at our festival.

Where should we stay if we are visiting from out of town?

Check out our tourism site, www.TravelAstoria.com, for information on hotels, motels and campgrounds, as well as additional information about the area.

Have a question that’s not answered here?

Email Event Coordinator Kelsey Balensifer or call her at (503) 325-6311.