Has our cool and showery week put you in need of a search for sun, no matter what direction you have to go? Welcome summer’s arrival by fleeing Puget Sound’s June doldrums. Some destinations to try:
Get in touch with your inner Viking at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival this Saturday and Sunday in the Vancouver, B.C., suburb of Burnaby. You’ll find a life-size Viking Village on the festival grounds. Along with arts, crafts and cultural demonstrations, “you never know what else may happen in the village! Vikings can be very unpredictable,” says the website. (Beware of pillaging?) Sunday at 1 p.m. is that old Finnish crowd-pleaser, the Wife Carrying Contest. (Win the wife’s weight in beer.) Participation is not dependent on actual marital status and/or gender. Day pass: $10.
It’s the annual weekend to Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine in the town that’s so nice they named it twice. Thursday through Saturday, join more than 70 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, several leading Napa Valley winemakers, and well-known wine critics in exploring one of the world’s most widely recognized red-wine grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon.
Thirty colorful hot-air balloons will float over the Portland suburb of Tigard, Ore., for the Festival of Balloons this Friday through Sunday. In addition to the high-flying spectacle scheduled for both morning and night, you’ll find carnival rides, a car show, live music, food and more. $7 at the gate, $5 online. (Sorry, no balloon rides during the event.)