Got a hankering to head out of town? Just a short drive from Seattle will take you to Chelan’s Winterfest, Outhouse Races, Skagit’s Eagle Festival, a Bavarian Ice Festival, a Brewfest, a Wine and Seafood Festival and much more. Here are some of our favorites.

Lake Chelan Winterfest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 18, 19 and 20
102 East Johnson Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816

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The charming town of Chelan is transformed in to a winter paradise for this annual event. Marvel at the outdoor gallery of ice sculptures created by many talented international sculptors. This year’s Winterfest will see the return of incredible ice sculptures, live music all weekend long, the beach bonfire, polar bear splash and fireworks! Look for new events like Soupfest, WinterFEAST and Artisan Alley or the additional day of the hugely popular, Winterfest Wine Walk.

12th Annual Windless Kite Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 18, 19 and 20
Friday 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Long Beach School Gymnasium
Washington and 4th St South
Long Beach, WA 98631

Indoor kite flying competition and performances. Take an indoor flying lesson. Take time to view indoor flying films, and visit the World Kite Museum to experience the family fun and history of kite flying.

Stunt Dog Experience
Saturday, January 19
2:00pm and 7:00pm
Washington Center
512 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog Guy, and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! The Experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

Elma Chamber Wine and Seafood Festival
Saturday, January 19
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Satsop Business Park
100 Technology Way
Elma, WA 98326

Elma Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Elma Chamber Wine & Seafood Festival! Over 20 wineries, a beer garden, merchandise vendors and a silent auction, plus live music all day. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Winterhop Brewfest
Saturday, January 19
Downtown Ellensburg, WA 98926

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Sample microbrews from a variety of breweries in the Northwest. Sampling occurs at a variety of venues throughout Ellensburg’s historic downtown corridor.

Outhouse Races
Saturday, January 19
Conconully, WA 98819

For a quarter of a century outhouse racing has taken place annually in Conconully. The event features head-to-head races within stated divisions with champions being crowned by the day’s end. The race course is a snow-covered Main Street. Each entered outhouse may participate in as many divisions as its sponsor can find teams to race.

Skagit Eagle Festival
Saturday and Sunday
January 19 and 20

The Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every Saturday and Sunday in January. The festival features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they return each year.

Bavarian Ice Festival
Saturday and Sunday
January 19 and 20
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Enjoy the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, dressed in lights, with winter fun, games and fireworks. It’s a weekend filled with invigorating outdoor events — snow sculpture, tug o’ war, an ice cube scramble for kids six and under, the great Frisbee sweep, and Leavenworth’s famous Smooshing Contest. The Smooshing contest is held on Front Street, with teams of four – their toes strapped to 8′ long boards – trying to maneuver and glide down the street tandem-style. Come cheer from the sidelines or jump right in and compete for prizes!

Antique & Collectible Show
Saturday and Sunday
January 19 and 20
Clark County Fairgrounds
17402 Northeast Delfel Road
Ridgefield, WA 98642

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This annual show averages 300 booths filled with fine antiques and collectibles. Jewelry, art, toys, furniture, kitchenware and much more with nothing newer than 1970.