Travel & Outdoors

Best Out of Town Adventures Sept 16 – 19

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credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

If you’re itching to get out of town this weekend, there are plenty of area activities! From paddling to biking, celebrating the harvest to the best in show, it’s out there! Go get it!

Odessa Deutschesfestr
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 15, 16, 17 and 18
21 E 1st Avenue
Odessa, WA 99159
September 15th to 18th
http://www.deutschesfest.com

German music plays its way into your ears, sausage and strudel tease your appetite, and the carnival, fun, excitement, and friendliness capture your heart. This four day event is more than just a festival, it’s an experience! Every third full weekend in September, the small community of Odessa attracts thousands of visitors and adventurers to its famous Deutschesfest. Sporting an authentic local German Band – The Oom Pas & Mas, German Food, Crafts, and many exciting events, Odessa has made a name for itself by taking pride in its German Heritage.

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest
Saturday, September 17
10:00am – 8:00pm
Downtown Wenatchee, WA
800.572.7753
http://www.wendowntown.org

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest is a day of fun, family entertainment that truly celebrates the harvest season! Food and wine garden, cooking demonstrations, tractor show, farmer’s market, kids’ activities, live music, Run Wenatchee River Run 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Leavenworth Crush Festival
Saturday, September 17
Leavenworth Festhalle
1001 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
509.548.6789
http://www.leavenworthcrush.com

Leavenworth Crush Festival. Join over 30 wineries from across Washington (and a couple breweries and a distillery) pouring their best for you. Live jazz with Lenny Price, great food from local vendors, silent auctions and OH YEAH, GRAPE STOMPING! This is a celebration of the crush and the efforts of everyone, from the grower to the winemaker. Come see some of your old favorites and find a couple new ones! Tickets – $30.00/person in advance or $35.00/person at the door. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Annual Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, September 17
Patterson Park
Republic, WA
509.944.0058
http://www.mmfestival.weebly.com

6 hours of music, and an all-musician jam afterwards!

Wenatchee AKC All Breed Dog Show
Saturday and Sunday
September 17 and 18
Chelan County Expo Center
5700 Wescott Drive
Cashmere, WA 98815
http://www.wenatcheevalley.org

The dog show, accredited by the American Kennel Club, draws dog enthusiasts from around Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana and Canada. It begins at 8:00am each day and ends about 7:00pm. Some 150 ribbons and 100 trophies will be given away. There will be about 10 show rings. Seminars each morning at 8:00am for anyone who is unfamiliar with dog show rules, so they can better follow along during the weekend. And several vendors will be set up selling all things dog related (and dog enthusiast related). The event is free to the public.

Paddle the Shores
Saturday and Sunday
September 17 and 18
North Bay Park
Albatross St NE
Ocean Shores, WA, 98569
360.289.5655
http://www.oceanshoresact.com

Attention kayak, canoe, and paddling enthusiasts! Paddle Activities on Duck lake include a Human-Powered Boat Race, a Poker Paddle, a Cardboard Boat Race, Wacky Boat Races, boat try-outs, boating gear, and a food booth.

Trek Tri-Island Bike Tour
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
September 16, 17, 18 and 19
Anacortes Middle School
2202 M Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221
http://www.action.lungusa.org

Trek Tri-Island, a three-day bicycle tour of the San Juan Islands will take place September 16-19 to benefit the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. Riders will tour Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands, and stay overnight at Friday Harbor High School (although riders have the option of staying at a bed & breakfast or other hotel). Short and long routes (20 or 50+ miles) are offered each day. All proceeds benefit the programs of the American Lung Association.

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