Is the band of Elvis impersonators who live downstairs from you practicing for their big gig this weekend? Do you really need to get out of town? Here are three reasons to go, July 12-14:
Are you a fan of the Fremont Fair? Then you’ll love the Oregon Country Fair, probably the Northwest’s biggest art extravaganza, music festival, free-thinker, sustainable, activist hippie love-in of the summer. Help celebrate its 44th year —
that takes it back to 1969, yeah that would be about right. On a wooded site near Veneta, Ore., 13 miles west of Eugene, the Country Fair is described by organizers as a “time-of-your-life cultural immersion” at which everyone is encouraged to dress up and you should expect “parades and surprises around every bend.” Plus, of course, lots of music, food vendors, arts and crafts, the “Daredevil Vaudeville Palace,” and enough colorful banners and flags to outfit a New Age army. It’s Friday through Sunday. Tickets (off-site sales only) are $22-$28 a day, or $57 for the weekend. $8-$10/day parking.
GO SOUTH and a bit east
For art in the country with no admission fee, try Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, set on a 55-acre farm on the White Salmon River in bucolic Klickitat County. The festival’s stated goal is “to provide a venue for artists to display and sell their work in a beautiful setting with outstanding amenities including music, food, libations, and children’s art projects.” Hard to go wrong there. It happens Saturday and Sunday.
Want some real cultural potpourri? Go north of the border for a weekend of South of the Border fun. It’s Festival Mexicano in Victoria, B.C. Not only do you get a town of tourist greeters in Beefeater garb, but you can see Latin dancers and musicians, chow down on Mexican food, buy from craft vendors, take a dance lesson or bash at a pinata. It starts with a dinner and show at the Victoria Event Centre at 6 p.m. Friday ($12-$15), followed by free festivities noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Centennial Square.