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Best Weekend Road Trip Adventures September 28 – 30

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Ready to load up the kids, a picnic lunch, and head out for the day – or the weekend? Enjoy one of the fall weekend adventures! You’re one tank of gas away from loads of family fun!

Sacajawea Heritage Days
Friday and Saturday
September 28 and 29
Sacajawea State Park
2503 Sacajawea Park Road
Pasco, WA 99301
http://www.mctama.org/sacajawea-heritage-days/

There are Lewis & Clark re-enactors, members of the Umatilla and Yakama Nations, and the Wanapums, along with mountain man encampments, local museums, and other people who enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge about what life was like nearly two centuries ago. On Saturday night, there is a bonfire, music, singing, telling stories, and a good time. The campfire program starts at around 7:30pm.

Prosser Balloon Rally, Harvest & Street Painting Fest
Saturday, September 28
Prosser Airport
111 Nunn Road
Prosser, WA 99350
http://www.prosserballoonrally.org

The weekend activities include Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Launches, Night Glow, a Harvest Festival, Farmers Market, and the Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival! Balloon Pilots from all over the Northwestern United States will participate in The 23rd Annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally. Parking and admission are free! Fun for the whole family.

Red Mountain AVA Block Party
Sunday, September 29
10:00am – 6:00pm
Red Mountain AVA
SR 224 & Sunset Rd
Benton City, WA 99320
http://www.redmountainblockparty.eventbrite.com

Pick up a map, and take a self-guided tour or ride on the little red trolley! Spend time with winemakers, vineyard owners and growers. Sample wines at participating wineries, and take part in vineyard walks and hikes. Gain an intimate education into the unique terroir of Red Mountain AVA. Enjoy the intimate nature of Red Mountain through a trolley trip from winery to vineyard, and receive a logo-ed wine glass. Details, ticket information and more online.

Autumn Leaf Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 28, 29 and 30
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.autumnleaffestival.com

A weekend of fun for all ages! Pretzel tossing, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a Grand Parade and street dance on Saturday. More details online.

Anacortes Fall Boat Show
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 28, 29 and 30
Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cap Sante Marina
1019 Q Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221
http://www.anacortesboatshow.com

Come out to the 16th Annual Fall Boat Show! At least 75 floating boats ranging up to 65 feet. You’ll find the best yachts from the best brokers, both new and pre-owned. Marine Trades available. Free admission and free parking. Look for the Big White Tent filled with electronics, rigging and marine services.

Burlington Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch
Saturday, September 29
10:00am – 3:00pm
1100 S. Skagit Street
Burlington WA 98233
http://www.burlington-chamber.com/harvestfestival

Medieval looking machines (trebuchets) hurling pumpkins through the air, zucchini car races, pumpkin painting contest, pie eating contest, pumpkin painting, bouncy house, food vendors and lots of kids activities! Free admission and lots of free family fun!

Kitsap Color Classic
Sunday September 30
Edmonds, WA or Kingston, WA starts
http://www.cascade.org

The Cascade Bicycle Club presents its 19th Annual Kitsap Color Classic, the cycling season finale. Pedal along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula and check out the three loops through some of the best riding country in the state! Friendly communities and terrific fall scenery make this a fun, must-do event. Details online.

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