Whether it’s tulips, a wine festival, or a love for all things literary, you and your family can have a great weekend just a short drive from Seattle.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
Saturday, April 14
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Port of Anacortes Transportation Shed Event Center –
1st & Commercial
Anacortes, WA 98221

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This event combines 30 regional vintners and six restaurants, resulting in great wine-tasting, wonderful appetizers and live music. Tickets from $40.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Continues daily through April 30
Mount Vernon, Burlington, La Conner

The area’s tulip farms are open for self-guided tours, and a number of community celebrations take place throughout the Skagit Valley all month long.

Get Lit! 14th Annual Literary Festival
Tuesday – Sunday
April 10 – 15
Eastern Washington University
668 North Riverpoint Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202

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Mark your calendar for April 10-15 and celebrate the role of writers from multiple genres and encourage local writers to use their craft to connect to the world at large. Readings, talks, meet-and-greet with authors, fun for all ages.

Spokane Home Improvement Show
Friday – Sunday
April 13 – 15
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center
404 N. Havana
Spokane Valley, WA 99202

The 2012 Premier Home Improvement Show is Spokane’s FINEST resource to consumers in the Spokane and area markets to find the contractor to help them with their upcoming 2012 projects. Plus, help Second Harvest. Saturday & Sunday, bring us two non-perishable food items, pet or people food, and receive $2 off admission. And the Spokane Humane Society will be present with animals to adopt at the show.

Woodland Tulip Festival
Saturday and Sunday
April 14 and 15
10:00am – 4:00pm
Holland America Bulb Farms
1066 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674

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A 5k Tulip Trot run on April 14 at 9:00am, followed by contests, demonstrations, delicious Dutch food, Mother’s Day gifts, plants, tulip gardens, Farmer’s Market, live music and much more! Free and fun for the whole family.