Travel & Outdoors

Best Out of Town Getaways September 9 – 11

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Ever take a tour of a working farm? Watch a hot air balloon launch? Ride on a tall ship? If you want to head out of town this weekend, these are just some of the fun things you can do!

Port Townsend 35th Annual Wooden Boat Festival
Thursday – Sunday
September 8, 9, 10 and 11
Port Hudson Marina
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.385.3628
http://www.woodenboat.org

Over 300 wooden vessels, hundreds of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts. Sail aboard a tall ship! Use woodworking tools. There’s music, food, educational talks and a Memorial Bell Toll on Sunday, in remembrance of 9/11.

Ocean Shores Arts and Crafts Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 9, 10 and 11
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W Chance A La Mer Avenue
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
800.762.3224
http://www.associatedarts.org

Hundreds of folks gather for the largest Arts and Crafts Festival on the West Coast. This festival, in its 42nd year, makes use of both the large interior and exterior of the building. Beautifully handcrafted pieces.

Fall Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 9, 10 and 11
Pioneer Park
341 East Birch
Connell, WA 99326
509.234.2701
http://www.cityofconnell.com

Don’t miss the festivities this weekend in Washington’s eastern harvest land. Grand Parade, kids’ parade, fun run, car and tractor show, art and flower show, carnival and inflatables are just the beginning.

Winthrop Auto Rallye
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 9, 10 and 11
Winthrop, WA 98862
888.463.8469
http://www.winthropwashington.com

The streets of downtown Winthrop will be filled with fabulous cars from all eras. Relax or dance to classic oldie songs by Winthrop’s own Rivertown Ramblers. Parade, Bucket Run, Sunday mornin’ down home breakfast, swap meet and more about 200 miles from Seattle.

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 9, 10 and 11
Quincy, WA 98848
509.787.4246
http://www.quincyfarmerconsumer.com

During this Farmer Consumer Awareness Day, farmers in the Quincy area show off the fruits of their labor and demonstrate the tools and techniques that they use in their work. It’s a great way to learn about where your groceries come from and to talk to the people who grow them for a living. Take guided tours of Quincy farms, run in the fun-run, watch the parade, taste the gourmet foods from the cook off, and enjoy the balloon launches at 6:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

Pasco Fiery Foods Festival 
Saturday and Sunday
September 10 and 11
Downtown Historic Kennewick
124 E. Kennewick Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336

The Pasco Fiery Foods Festival, a project of the Pasco Downtown Development Association, is an annual event held  September 10th and 11th in Downtown Pasco. The festival hosts a wide variety of specialty food booths, prepared foods, arts & crafts, children’s area. Beer, Wine, and Margarita Garden and musical artists.

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