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Best Weekend Road Trips in WA May 18 – 20

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It’s a weekend of festivals! Hop in the car and head out to celebrate the Northwest’s Scandinavian heritage, Rhododendron blossoms, migratory birds, and the biggest 7 Sport Relay race in the state!

Rhododendron Festival
Monday – Saturday
May 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19
Port Townsend, WA 98368
http://www.rhodyfestival.org

The 77th annual Rhody Festival includes a flower show, carnival, Pet Parade, kids’ activities, fun run and other events that lead up to Saturday’s grand parade. Schedule of events available online.

Herb and Garden Festival
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
Pomeroy Living History Farm
20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd.
Yacolt, WA 98675
360.686.3537
http://www.pomeroyfarm.org

Thousands of fresh herb and garden plants, many organic selections, live entertainment, and herb garden, vendors and a Farm Cafe on the gorgeous grounds of the Pomeroy Living History Farm.

Ski to Sea Festival
Friday, May 18 – Monday, May 27
Bellingham, WA 98229
http://www.skitosea.com

A carnival, historical hometown parade, and other community events lead up to the 7 Sport Relay Race covering 93.5 miles of pure FUN from Mt Baker to Bellingham Bay. Lodging, best views and more information available online.

Viking Fest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 18, 19 and 20
200 NE Moe Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
http://www.vikingfest.org

A celebration of the spirit of Poulsbo’s Scandinavian Founders. Traditional music and dance, food, kids’ activities, parade, paddle board races, fun run and more.

Spring Bird Fest
Thursday – Sunday
May 17, 18, 19 and 20
Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com

Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season with field trips led by experts. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season. While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for everyone!

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