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August 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Aug. 16-18)

It’s the dog days of summer, and maybe your roommate’s unlovable pooch is finally driving you out of town? Here are some good places to run away to this weekend.

GO SOUTH

Expect oysters set to music this weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula. (photo by Eric Risberg / The Associated Press)

Expect oysters set to music this weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula. (photo by Eric Risberg / The Associated Press)

It’s time for seafood and music on the Long Beach Peninsula. Two events this weekend: Blues and Seafood at the Port of Ilwaco, on Friday and Saturday, and Jazz and Oysters Sunday in Ocean Park. The Ilwaco event features blues acts including Coco Montoya, the North Coast Blues Band, The Strange Tones and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes. It’s all in a waterfront tent, with a seafood-oriented food court and microbrews handy. On a ballfield up near Nahcotta, the jazz day includes performers Patrick Lamb and Acustica, plus a whole passel of those famous Willapa Bay oysters. Ticket prices vary; all-weekend ticket for both events: $50.

GO NORTH

Find something for Ma and something for Pa at the Quilt Walk and Car Show on Sunday in Ladner, B.C., between Vancouver and the border. From noon to 4 p.m., vintage cars will be on display along with many different types of handmade quilts. Expect more than 10,000 visitors and more than 100 classic cars, with the streets of Ladner Village filled with entertainers and vendors of food and merchandise.

GO EAST

Are you a Cougar who’s been missing the old school? Head to Pullman this weekend and kick up your heels Friday and Saturday at the National Lentil Festival, where you get to celebrate a little legume used in soup (which they grow in those parts, apparently). American Idol finalist  Casey James is the headline entertainer, plus you’ll find lots of chili for sale, cooking demos, and, new this year, Ag Corner will be the place to learn all about the production and harvesting of lentils. It’ll be fun. Really.

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