Travel & Outdoors

Best Road Trips This Weekend April 27 – 29

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It’s weekend celebrating the beauty of the Northwest! From tulips and lilacs, to music, NW history, culture and our community. Pick an adventure and hit the road!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Through April 30
Mount Vernon and La Conner, WA
http://www.tulipfestival.org

Come for the last weekend of the annual Tulip Festival.The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held each year from April 1-30. Tour the fields of tulips and daffodils in Skagit County.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: A Tulip Festival Concert
Saturday, April 28
7:00pm
Bethany Covenant Church
1318 S 18th Street
Mount Vernon, Wa 98274
360.424.9399
http://www.tulipfestival.org

After a day in the tulips come and enjoy an uplifting concert that features excellent choirs of all ages and the joyful sounds of the Bethany Bells. Free admission and refreshments following the program.

Lilac Gardens Festival
Through May 13
10:00am – 4:00pm
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
http://www.lilacgardens.com

Built in 1889, the Woodland, WA farmhouse and lilac gardens are open to visitors during Lilac Days. Tour the farmhouse, which contains many of the original furnishings, as well as featured displays of handmade quilts, artwork, antiques, and collectibles, and the gardens. Purchase lilac plants to take home for your own yard.

Dirty Dan Days Seafood Festival
Sunday, April 29
10:00am – 4:00pm
Tenth St. and Mill Ave.,
Bellingham, WA, 98225
360.778.8000
http://www.fairhaven.com

It’s a family Seafood Festival on the Village Green with live music, Chuckanut Chowder Cook-off, Beer & Wine garden, Rowing Races on Bellingham Bay and the World’s only piano race. Good Earth Pottery will offer free wheel throwing demonstrations. The festival features a Dan Harris Look-A-Like Contest and an 1800’s Dress Contest. Dirty Dan Harris founded the community of Fairhaven in 1853 and this is an annual celebration of his vision.

Luminary Procession & Procession of the Species
Friday and Saturday
April 27 and 28
Downtown Olympia, WA
360.705.1087
http://www.procession.org

As an extension of Earth Day, you are invited to the Luminary Procession and The Procession of the Species Celebration: Creating cultural connections between communites and the natural world! Area residents will wear creative expressions and proceed through the streets of Olympia in masks and costumes. Carrying banners, windsocks, and giant puppets, it is a cultural exchange honoring the awe and splendor of the natural world. The Luminary Procession is at 7:30pm on Friday, and the Procession of the Species is at 4:30pm on Saturday.

For information on Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Festival, click HERE.

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