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Best Weekend Road Trips in WA July 13 – 15

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Ready to get out of town this weekend? Whether it’s noshing, sailing, garden touring, art festivals, or beer and wine tasting (did we mention noshing?), there’s plenty to do in Washington state!

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 and 15
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
http://www.bainbridgeartshumanities.org

Come take a tour of six private gardens in five distinct Bainbridge Island neighborhoods. Food, music, arts and crafts will be available at various garden stops. Shuttle buses are available for hop on, hop off touring, or you may opt to Bike the Bloom. Kids Discovery Museum is offering a day camp for kids while you tour. Check the website for detailed information and tickets.

Adventuress Sailing Excursion in Friday Harbor
Saturday, July 14
Friday Harbor Marina
204 Front St. North
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
http://www.soundexp.org

Sail aboard Puget Sound’s environmental tall ship, Adventuress, for a 3-hour Public Sail around the San Juan Islands; a excursion that weaves history and the environment together for an experience you’ll never forget! Great for families, Public Sails are open to people of all ages. Participants have the opportunity to raise the sails, take the helm, learn a sea chantey and about Puget Sound’s marine ecology. Register online.

Arlington Fly-In and Air Show
Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15
Arlington Municipal Airport
4700 188th Street NE
Arlington, WA 98223
360.435.5857
http://www.arlingtonflyin.org

The West Coast Premier Aviation Event at Arlington Municipal Airport! The “County Fair with Airplanes” is one of the friendliest Fly-In destinations. This event has something for everyone, from radio controlled flight to Warbirds.

Skagit Valley Highland Games
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 and 15
Edgewater Park
600 Behrens Millet Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
http://www.celticarts.org

The 18th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival is a sort of “Scottish 3-ring circus” with a wide range of activities for young and old alike. Solo bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Highland dancing, plus much more!

Art by the Bay
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 and 15
Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds
6431 Pioneer Highway
Stanwood, WA 98292
http://www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com

Presenting the 20th annual “Art by the Bay” fine arts and live music festival. Featuring over 100 juried artists and craftspeople from around the Northwest, plants and garden art, gourmet food, and another live performance every hour on the hour, featuring an eclectic array of area musicians. Free admission, free parking, free music!

Rails to Ales Brewfest
Saturday, July 14
4:00pm – 10:00pm
801 Milwaukee Rd.
South Cle Elum, WA 98943
http://www.railstoalesbrewfest.com

The Rails To Ales Brewfest, held at the Milwaukee Road Depot and Railyard in South Cle Elum, happens on the second Saturday each July. Sample over 30 craft beers from 16 different breweries. Also offering wine, food, live bands, doorprize drawings. Tickets available online HERE. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

3rd Annual “Northwest Gourd Festival”
Thursday – Sunday
July 12 – 15
Kittitas County Event Center
512 N Poplar Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
http://www.wagourdsociety.org

WA State Gourd Society is “Celebrating Nature’s Canvas” with some of the most beautiful gourd artwork anywhere in the world. Teachers, artists from around the US, art classes, vendors, beer and wine gardens, live entertainment and more.

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 and 15
Trout Lake, WA 98650
http://www.troutlakefestivalofthearts.wordpress.com

Fifty-five artists will be jury selected to display fine art in a rustic barn, outdoors, or garden setting. In addition to the art, visitors enjoy continuous live music, an outstanding variety of foods, local brews and wine. There is no admission fee and plenty of free parking. The festival is hosted at The Farm, a charming home dating to 1890 and situated on 6 acres in Trout Lake.

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 and 15
Downtown Walla Walla, WA 99362
http://www.sweetonions.org

A weekend filled with live music, cooking demonstrations, food competitions, dance performances, a fun run, kids’ zone, art, vendors, and beer and wine gardens, plus Walla Walla Sweet Onion Restaurant Week July 9 – 15.

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