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Northwest Traveler

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May 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (May 31-June 2)

Got that post-Memorial Day Weekend let-down? Need something to pep you up? Get out of town. Here are three reasons to go.

The Spokane Falls SkyRide gives eagle-eye views of the falls in downtown Spokane. (photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times, 2009)

The Spokane Falls SkyRide gives eagle-eye views of the falls in downtown Spokane. (photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times, 2009)

GO EAST

Take a road trip to sunny Spokane for ArtFest. It’s the 28th year for the 3-day fine-arts and music festival, Friday through Sunday. Now connected with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, it’s held in Coeur d’Alene Park in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition district. Expect more than 160 artisans, plus food booths, live music, a wine and beer garden, and an art-making tent for kids. Music acts include Musha Marimba, Panhandle Polecats, Tango Volcado, Might Squirrel and more. Can’t hardly resist that lineup.

GO SOUTH

It’s the second weekend of Portland’s Rose Festival, our southern neighbor’s equivalent to Seafair, but with flowers. Go for Saturday night’s Starlight Parade, with floodlit floats, glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and hand-built entries, or wait till next weekend for the Grand Floral Parade (June 8) if you just love the wafting scent of roses every time a float goes by.

GO NORTH

A piddling thing like a fallen bridge isn’t going to stop true beer lovers from making their way northward for Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which runs Friday through June 8. More than 60 breweries are featured — a couple of my favorite names are Dead Frog Brewery, of Aldergrove, B.C., and the inspired Storm Brewing, of Vancouver. Sorry, this Saturday’s Hillbilly BBQ is sold out, but you can still get to Junetoberfest, featuring German-style lagers. And lots more through the week.

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