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Best NW Weekend Road Trips October 26 – 28

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Ready to take the kids and head out of town this weekend? How about a ghost train, Fall Festival, Celtic Music Festival or Boneshaker Bike Ride?

9th Annual Celtic Music Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
October 26, 27 and 28
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W Chance a La Mer Northwest
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
360.289.4411
http://www.galwaybayirishpub.com

Over 20 bands converge at the Convention Center and two other venues for the largest Irish music festival on the West Coast!

Boneshaker Bicycle Festival
Friday and Saturday
October 26 and 27
La Conner, WA 98257
http://www.boneshakerbikefest.com

Pedal off in the crisp autumn air on any of seven loops through Skagit Valley, each beginning and ending in La Conner; there’s live music post-rides, as well as prizes for the best human and best bike Halloween costumes.

Toppenish Fall Festival, Annual Pumpkin Run & Haunted Train
Saturday and Sunday
October 27 & 28
Northern Pacific Railway Museum
10 Asotin Avenue
Toppenish, WA 98948
509.877.3894
http://www.nprymuseum.org

On Saturday, it’s the Fall Festival with a Costume Parade (costumed pets included!) at 11:00am, and a carnival from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Check out the Annual Pumpkin Run, pumpkin carving contest and the largest pumpkin contest, too! Then on Saturday and Sunday, it’s the 5th Annual Haunted Train and Depot! For a really scary Halloween experience, head to the Railway Musuem betwen 7:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday night, and 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Sunday. You’ll see ghosts, goblins, and a fright at every corner as you tour the haunted depot and two haunted railroad cars. Admission is $5 per person. Ages 13 and older please.

America’s Largest Antique and Collectible Show
Saturday and Sunday
October 27 and 28
Portland Expo Center
2060 North Marine Dr.
Portland, OR 97217
503.736.5200
http://www.expocenter.org

The Portland Expo is the largest and most diversified Antique & Collectible Show in the country. The show features 1,000 booths, and is one of the country’s best resources for finding vintage items from every era. If you’re a dealer, you’ll discover the best and freshest ‘finds’! Saturday & Sunday, General Admission: $7/person; Children 12 – 17 years: $3/person; Children under 12: FREE.

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