Bruce Dern and Chely Wright are special guests at the Port Townsend Film Festival this weekend. That’s just one of the events happening just a short drive from Seattle. Check them out!

Port Townsend Film Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 21, 22 and 23
211 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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The Port Townsend Film Festival has been connecting filmmakers, film lovers and communities since 1999. This year’s special guests are actor Bruce Dern and Singer, Songwriter, Author, Activist and subject of the documentary Wish Me Away, Chely Wright, along with Festival Emcee and Magician, Joey Pippia. Panels, outdoor movies, indoor screenings, and a special Friday evening dinner are all part of the line up. Tickets, an iPhone app, and more details are available online at

Salmon Fest
Thursday – Sunday
September 20 – 23
12790 Fish Hatchery Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Come celebrate the return of the salmon to the NW’s rivers! The theme this year is “Dances with Salmon 2012″. An exciting menu of hands-on activities and “edutainment” gives visitors a unique opportunity to discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the Northwest. Activities, music, food, and lots of fun for the whole family.

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Northwest Carriage Museum 10th Anniversary and Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 22
10:00am – 9:00pm
314 Alder Street
Raymond, WA 98577

Come get carried away at the Northwest Carriage Museum! Featuring 27 magnificently restored horse-drawn carriages, the museum will transport you back in time! Adults and kids love the interactive back room. On Saturday, September 22 the museum celebrates its 10th Anniversary with free admission, popcorn, cake and tours between 10:00am – 4:00pm. Then it’s Oktoberfest from 5:00pm – 9:00pm with German food, beer and wine, a live band and dancing. Tickets are $15/person, including food. Call or go online for more information.

Whidbey Island Kite Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 22 and 23
Camp Casey Conference Center
1276 S Engle Road
Coupeville, WA 98239

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Let’s go fly a kite! This year’s kite festival features impressive ground and air displays of color and imagination. Activities include kids’ kitemaking, beginning sportkite lessons, and sportkite demonstrations. The highlight of the weekend is the Whidbey Island Sport Kite Championships, one of the premier sportkite competitions in the Pacific Northwest. Individual, pairs, and team events are included. Plus a teddy bear drop each morning at 10:00am for kids 10 and under. Food, hands-on activities and fun for the whole family.