Travel & Outdoors

Best Labor Day Weekend Road Trips

View Comments
credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Time to fuel up the car and hit the road for one last long weekend before summer’s end. Fortunately, there’s lots of great festivals happening in Washington, so you won’t have to travel far to celebrate maritime heritage, Northwest blackberries, or arts and crafts.

Blackberry Festival
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
September 3, 4 and 5
Washington Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
http://www.blackberryfestival.org

Over 100 booths line the Boardwalk in downtown Bremerton with everything from arts & crafts to every variety of tasteful food. Sample the best Northwest blackberry jams, jellies, pies and cobblers. You can also find blackberry scones, pie and shortcake as well as blackberry sodas, ice cream and sundaes, and Blackberry slugs- a delicious type of maple bar made with blackberry filling and whipped cream. Reduced admission tours of the USS Turner Joy all weekend. Entertainment takes place on both the Main Stage and the Childrens Stage. There’s lots happening all weekend long, including the Berry Fun Run, Chalk Art and the Fly-In at the Bremerton National Airport. Head to the beer garden to taste the offical wine of the festival, Pasek Cellars Blackberry wine, and blackberry cider.

Ellensburg Rodeo
Thursday – Monday
September 2, 3, 4 and 5
609 N Main
Ellensburg, WA 98926
http://www.ellensburgrodeo.com

Get your cowboy boots on and grab your hat. The Ellensburg Rodeo is one of the “old rodeos” and has earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos. The Ellensburg Rodeo is the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. An old fashioned Hoedown on Saturday night, and beer and wine gardens.

Seafood Festival and Craft Show
Saturday, September 3
Maritime Museum
2201 Westhaven Drive
Westport, WA 98595
http://www.experiencewestport.com

Head to the 65th annual family feast with fresh fish, oysters and more. Live music and local crafts, all housed in the historic maritime museum, home of The Grays Harbor Lighthouse – the tallest lighthouse in Washington.

Pig Out in the Park
Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, September 5
Riverfront Park
507 North Howard Street
Spokane, WA 99201
http://www.spokanepigout.com

Head over the mountains to Riverfront Park, Gondola and Clocktower Meadows in Spokane for the 32nd annual Pig Out. The event features foods from over 48 vendors both local to Spokane and from outside the area including Idaho and Montana. Every year nearly 1/3 of the venders are new to the event. Pig Out In The Park Spokane is all about celebrating the diversity of food. You can find everything from Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Hawaiian — you name it and you’ll find something to satisfy your craving. Plus, the food is only part of the celebration! The music is huge at Pig Out. Over the years there’s been over 1175 free concerts!

Harbor Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 2, 3 and 4
Percival Landing
222 Columbia Street NW
Olympia, WA 98501
http://www.harbordays.com

Harbor Days is an annual festival where tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing. Many of them are open for tour on Saturday of the festival. Be on hand at noon Sunday as the tugs leave shore to participate in the Annual Harbor Days Tugboat Races, out in the deep channel of the bay.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,140 other followers