Goonies never say die, and fans of this beloved ’80s cult classic have taken that message to heart, flocking to the North Coast’s filming locations year after year.
Yes, Thursday, June 7, is Goonies Day again!
Why June 7? The Steven Spielberg-produced film, shot on location in Astoria and around Cannon Beach, landed in theaters on that day in 1985, and generations of viewers have since fallen in love with Mikey, Mouth, Data and Chunk and the rest of the gang.
In 2010, then-mayor Willis Van Dusen officially declared June 7 Goonies Day in Astoria — though, by then, hordes of fans had already been making the pilgrimage to the city for years.
According to Regina Willkie at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Conference, which handles Goonies Day events, “We don’t have a lot of major activities planned since this isn’t a five-year anniversary year.” The next major anniversary, the film’s 35th, is still a few years away, in 2020.
So, with the famed Goonies’ house off-limits to fans and other filming locations (like Warren Field) now gone, what’s a Goonie gotta do to get their Goon on around here?
Let this quick guide direct you to the best Goonies happenings in the area. You and your crew of misfits will surely have plenty of reason to Truffle Shuffle to the tune of Cyndi Lauper.
Best place to start: Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Conference Visitor Center, 111 W. Marine Dr.
The Visitor Center is Goonies Day HQ, where you can get information on events of the day and pick up your official 2018 Goonies Day badge. The Chamber also runs the website thegoondocks.org, which has all of the information you need.
Don’t forget to hashtag your adventures with #GooniesDay2018 to share them with other fans on the website’s gallery.
Can’t miss: Oregon Film Museum, 732 Duane St.
Located in the old Clatsop County Jail where the movie’s opening jailbreak sequence was filmed, the Oregon Film Museum has a ton of Goonies’ memorabilia, including a reproduction of Data’s costume and inventions, a preserved jail cell and, of course, the Fratellis’ black Jeep is parked outside, complete with bullet holes. The gift shop is packed with tons of Goonies’ garb.
The Oregon Film Museum “Shot In Astoria” driving tour, on board The Glam Tram, will be an hour-long adventure featuring behind-the-scenes information, trivia, sound, fun and candy being thrown at participants, according to tour host McAndrew Burns, executive director of the Clatsop County Historical Society.
A restored 1963 Los Angeles Zoo people-mover, the Tram takes riders to local spots featured in movies like “The Goonies,” “Short Circuit,” “Black Stallion” and more.
Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made through the museum. The trip is limited to 14 people. Tours take place 10 a.m. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The cost is $15 per person.
Best place to stay: Astoria Riverwalk Inn, 400 Industry St.
Once known as the Red Lion-Thunderbird Motor Inn, this pleasant hotel right on the marina became the de facto offices and living quarters for the Hollywood crew during the film’s production. Spielberg even slept in one of their 115 rooms.
Best way to get away from the Fratellis: Copper Bones Virtual 5K, anywhere.
In lieu of an organized run this year, the Chamber has partnered with Virtual Pace Series to put together a 5K run/walk that anyone from around the world can join in from anywhere, and at any time, June 7. Complete the task and receive a skull key trophy based on the one in the film.
Check out Haystock Rock and Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, two other important filming locations, for miles of trails. Registration info is at thegoondocks.org.
More merch: Accent Ink, 1125 Commercial St.
The first day this screen printing and embroidery shop opened its doors has the distinction of being the massive 2015 Goonies Day celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.
“At first, we didn’t want to be ‘The Goonies’ t-shirt shop in Astoria,” owner Dave Rhoadarmer said. “But now we are totally embracing it. And, of course, they are the most popular designs.” Unique t-shirt designs, coffee mugs and other “Never Say Die” ephemera are available.
Dance it off at the lanes: Lower Columbia Bowl, 826 Marine Drive
Cosmic bowling gets an ’80s music makeover Saturday, June 9, at Astoria’s favorite lanes, which was also a filming location for the movie’s opening sequence. Dig on some Cyndi Lauper and Prince, and don’t forget to take a selfie in the window where Chunk watched the Fratellis’ car chase!