Ready to hit the road? Celebrate Mardi Gras, attend a film festival, or learn about nature and the great outdoors. It’s only a short trip from Seattle to adventure!

Markham Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival
Saturday and Sunday
January 28 and 29
Westport Winery
1 South Arbor Road,
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Enjoy music from the Electric Park Jazz Band, sample one of Westport’s incredible wine hurricanes, have a cup of free gumbo, watch The Big Easy on the big screen, and join in the bead exchange. This event is free to attend for wine club members and their guests. Tickets for five tastings are $5 for non-wine club visitors.

Skagit Eagle Festival
Saturday and Sunday
January 28 and 29
Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount, WA

The last weekend of the 2012 festival has plenty of activities. Nature walks, eagle talks, wine tasting, jet boat rides and more to see America’s majestic birds.

Spokane International Film Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 26, 27, 28 and 29
Downtown Spokane, WA

A long weekend filled with great indie flicks, Oscar nominated movies, documentaries and more. Buy tickets for shows at the Magic Lantern, AMC River Park Square and Bing Crosby Theatres and pick them up at the door to guarantee you’ll have seats waiting for you. Purchase tickets online.

Spokane National Boat Show
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 27, 28 and 29
Spokane County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
404 North Havana St.
Spokane WA 99202

The 57th annual boat show is 120,000 square feet filled with power boats, sport boats, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats, pontoon boats and personal watercraft. Plus exhibitors will display docks, boat lifts, marine products and boating accessories. The show will also have an antique wooden boat display, daily seminars running all day and boating safety classes. Free parking.

Hands-On Water Fun
Saturday, January 28
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market
Tumwater, WA 98501

Learn about streams, groundwater, and salmon through activities and crafts including the Enviroscape game, groundwater model, salmon life-cycle beads, and marine creature button-making. Bring the whole family for some hands-on fun! Presented by the Tumwater Stream Team and South Sound GREEN.


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