Cast of ‘The Goonies’ (Warner Bros)
Here’s a hot summer vacation idea: Drop everything right now and take a pilgrimage to the Goon Docks.
Fans from around the world — up to 15,000 of them — will be flocking to the small seaside town of Astoria, Oregon this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic 1985 kids’ flick The Goonies. The town, where director Richard Donner shot the beloved film, will host Goonies festivities from June 4 through 7 that include costume quote-along screenings, an ‘80s convention, tours of the filming locations, Lego recreations of iconic scenes, and many events with tangential connections to the movie.
According to the festival’s website, there will also be a special appearance by Jeff Cohen, who played the one and only Chunk. He’s now a Hollywood lawyer, and as the festival puts it, went “from a Chunk to a hunk” a few years after the film was made.
Stars of ‘The Goonies’ at the film’s 25th anniversary celebration (FilmMagic)
There will also be plenty of memorabilia available for fans and pirates, alike.
Astoria, which has become a little rustic shire with breweries and a thriving arts culture, has turned its association with The Goonies into an entire industry. It first hosted a reunion for the film’s 20th anniversary back in 2005, and held another celebration — with stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman in attendance — in 2010. The town has actually held some kind of festival for the film every year since, because nostalgia, like the Goonies, never says “die.”