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April 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (April 26-28)

EAST

Taste wines-in-progress this weekend in the Yakima Valley. (photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Taste wines this weekend. (photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

It’s Spring Barrel Tasting weekend at 40 member wineries of Wine Yakima Valley, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. A visit to the Yakima Valley will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel and get a sneak preview of upcoming vintages from your favorite wineries. Premier Pass holders ($35) will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. More information here.

SOUTH

Olympia’s Procession of the Species is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This annual non-commercial parade is a community collaboration in which people from all over the area march around our state capital’s downtown dressed up as their favorite animal or plant. It’s like an Earth Day cousin of the Fremont Solstice Parade. Participants can range from a preschool class attending as frogs after making their masks out of cereal boxes and paint, to friends in batik butterfly wings, fluttering high in the air on stilts. See last year’s parade here.

NORTH

Head for Bellingham’s Apple Blossom Festival Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian Road, a 25,000-tree orchard (now in bloom) that offers everything from you-pick apples to hard cider and locally made liquors. Come out for train rides, orchard tours, family activities, food and drink specials, distillery tastings/tours and live music. At day’s end, an Apple Blossom Party starts at 5 p.m. featuring music from the Shadies (6-9 p.m.). All ages welcome. Live music from the Prozac Mountain Boys on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

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