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Best Road Trips in WA August 31 – September 3

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Time to fuel up the car and hit the road for one last long weekend before summer’s end. Fortunately, there’s lots of great festivals happening in Washington, so you won’t have to travel far to celebrate maritime heritage, Northwest blackberries, cowboys and rodeo or arts and crafts.

Ocean Shores’ “Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic”
Saturday, September 1
11:00am – 3:30pm
North Bay Park
Albatross St NE
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
http://www.oceanshoresact.com

“Old Fashion Labor Day Picnic and Paddle-A-Thon”. Come for the picnic and the Rubber Duckie Race to benefit local charities at 3:30pm. Admission is free! Paddling and rowing enthusiasts, bring your kayaks and canoes to participate in the boating activities! All human-powered water craft invited. Pack a blanket and a picnic basket, or take advantage of the many food vendors that will be on hand. There will be something fun for all ages at this annual gala event.

Prosser States Day Parade and Celebration
Monday, September 3
Prosser City Park
7th Street & Sommers Avenue
Prosser, WA 99350
http://www.prosserchamber.org

Now in it’s 87th year, Prosser’s States Day Celebration and Parade is a time “when old friends meet”. Kicking off the day’s festivities is the Grand Parade which starts sharply at 10:00am. The parade winds through the streets of historic downtown Prosser as thousands of local residents line the streets. Directly after the parade, the crowd discends upon the city park where you’ll find something for every age and gender. Concessions from tacos to hamburgers, hot dogs to corn-on-the-cob provides patrons with the picnic from the past. Bingo, a dunk tank, the Valley’s Got Talent stage show, and of course a full scale carnival for the young and old alike round out the event.

Pig Out in the Park
Wednesday, August 29 – Monday, September 3
Riverfront Park
507 North Howard Street
Spokane, WA 99201
http://www.spokanepigout.com

Head over the mountains to Riverfront Park, Gondola and Clocktower Meadows in Spokane for six fun-filled days at Pig Out. The event features over 54 food booths, 255 menu items, three adult beverage gardens and 100 FREE concerts on three outdoor stages. This year’s bands include Fishbone, The Yardbirds, The Verve Pipe, Eddie Haskell Trio, Dead Man’s Pants and more.

Ellensburg Rodeo
Saturday and Sunday
September 1 and 2
609 N Main
Ellensburg, WA 98926
800.637.2444
http://www.ellensburgrodeo.com

The Ellensburg Rodeo is one of the “old rodeos” and has earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos. The Ellensburg Rodeo is the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. The Friday night opening performance starts in the evening and ends under the stars. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon “perfs” feel electrically charged by the brilliant blue sky. It all leads up to the Labor Day Monday Championship Finals… the best of the best dueling in the dirt!

Blackberry Festival
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
September 1, 2 and 3
Washington Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
http://www.blackberryfestival.org

Over 100 booths line the Boardwalk in downtown Bremerton with everything from arts & crafts to every variety of tasteful food. Sample the best Northwest blackberry jams, jellies, pies and cobblers. You can also find blackberry scones, pie and shortcake as well as blackberry sodas, ice cream and sundaes, and Blackberry slugs- a delicious type of maple bar made with blackberry filling and whipped cream. Reduced admission tours of the USS Turner Joy all weekend. Entertainment takes place on both the Main Stage and the Childrens Stage. There’s lots happening all weekend long, including the Berry Fun Run, Chalk Art and the Fly-In at the Bremerton National Airport, including free airplane rides for kids ages 8 – 17. Plus, see Bremerton’s new City of Fountains, the revitalized downtown Area adjacent to the Blackberry Festival!

Tumbleweed Music Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 1 and 2
Howard Amon Park
500 Amon Park Drive
Richland, WA 99352
509.528.2215
http://www.tumbleweedfest.org

This fun, FREE music festival is open to the public both days! Featured artists include Lindsay Street, Back Porch Swing, Pamela Thomas-Martin, Winters and Skalstad and Brian Holbrook. Lots of great music from outdoor stages, an indoor dance stage, arts and crafts vendors and of course, fantastic festival food. Bring the family and come out for a musical Labor Day Weekend!

Harbor Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 31, September 1 and 2
Percival Landing
222 Columbia Street NW
Olympia, WA 98501
http://www.harbordays.com

Harbor Days is an annual festival where tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer! Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing. Many of them are open for tour on Saturday of the festival. Be on hand at noon Sunday as the tugs leave shore to participate in the Annual Harbor Days Tugboat Races, out in the deep channel of the bay.

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