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Best Road Trips in Puget Sound August 24 – 26

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Ready to relax and get away for the weekend? A road trip to fly a kite, sip some wine, taste roasted garlic, shop for art, watch an airplane, listen to music or enjoy a country fair might just do the trick! See what’s happening in Washington state!

Washington State International Kite Festival
Friday, August 24 through Sunday August, 26
Long Beach, WA 98631
http://www.funbeach.com

Get your camera, your kite, and your sunscreen – Washington State Int’l Kite Festival returns with an exciting line-up of events to keep you entertained whether you are 3 years old or 103 years young! Friday, August 24 kicks off the weekend with the NAFKA World Cup Competition, Mass Ascensions, Mystery Ballet, Lighted Kite Night Fly, and FIREWORKS. Saturday, August 25 the fun continues! Sport Kite events will be taking flight as well as the Cody Fly, the Teddy Bear Drop, Mass Ascensions, and FIREWORKS – just to name a few! Sunday, August 26 caps off the week with a dizzying display of Fighter Kites, Sport Kites, Memorial Fly and stunning Mass Ascensions.

Wings Over Republic
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 24, 25 and 26
Merritt Field
Republic, WA 99166
http://www.wingsoverrepublic.com

The seventh annual Wings Over Republic Fly-in! Food vendors, airplane viewing, music, scenic road tours, fly-bys and entertainment.

Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands
Saturday, August 25
11:30am
Sunday, August 26
9:00am – 3:00pm
San Juan Vineyards
3136 Roche Harbor Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
http://www.sanjuanconcours.org

On Saturday, there will be a BBQ lunch and fun drive and poker rally. On Sunday, the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, will present the 6th annual Concours d’Elegance, filled with interesting cars and motorcycles, and featuring the Porsche, honoring 50 years of 911’s.

Kitsap County Fair and Stampede
Through Sunday, August 26
1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd.
Bremerton, WA 98311
360.337.5376
http://www.kitsapgov.com

4H animals, rides, games, fair food, and family fun at the Kitsap County Fair. Plus, Brigade Extreme Motocross stunt show on Sunday!

Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo
Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26
903 Fairgrounds Rd
Goldendale, WA 98620
http://www.klickitatcountyfair.com

Come to the “Barn to be Wild” 2012 Klickitat County Fair and NPRA Northwest Rodeo! Art exhibits, animals, 4-H demonstrations, live music, stage shows, and lots of good fair food!

Ferndale Street Festival
Friday and Saturday
August 24 and 25
Ferndale, WA 98248
http://www.ferndalestreetfestival.com

Blue Grass to Country, Classic/Southern Rock to Alternative Rock, this is the year to come for the music and stay for the fun. With an entire block dedicated to the family and kids with their own live stage acts, a car show, various food outlets, vendors of all trades, plus a wine and beer garden, there is almost not enough time to take it all in!

Wild and Scenic Music Fest
Friday and Saturday
August 24 and 25
7409 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
509.548.6347
http://www.icicle.org

A weekend festival of barn dances, live music, jamming, great food, beer and wine, all held at the beautiful Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Old fashioned Barn Dance with The Onlies & House Band kick-off party at Canyon Wren.

Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show
August 24, 25 and 26
Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
2555 North National Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532
http://www.chehalisgarlicfest.com

It’s all garlic all the time at Garlic Fest! Barbecued Garlic Ribs, Garlic Bread, even Brownies with Garlic Icing! Plus, wine tasting featuring regional wineries, a beer garden, pony rides, kids’ activities and more!

Maryhill Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday
August 25 and 26
35 Maryhill Drive
Goldendale, WA 98620
509.773.3733
http://www.maryhillmuseum.org

The Maryhill Arts Festival is a summertime tradition in the Gorge. More than 30 artists exhibiting and selling work in a variety of media, including painting, ceramics, glass, wood and more. Explore your creativity at the Maryhill Art Tent, featuring free drop-in art activities open to all ages during the Maryhill Arts Festival.

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