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March 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Port Townsend to Victoria

Saturday is International Women’s Day. If your boots were made for walkin’, get out of town to one of these events with a female focus:

1 The play is the thing in Port Townsend

Women playwrights reading, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 3 one-act plays, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9; $10-$15, Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend

See Point Wilson Lighthouse during a visit to Port Townsend. (photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

See Point Wilson Lighthouse during a visit to Port Townsend. (photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Shop, sip and sup in a historical seaport, then enjoy original local theater and celebrate International Women’s Day this Saturday at the Port Townsend Playfest. This is Locals Weekend, with the full festival following March 13-16, but go now for smaller crowds. Saturday, sit in on “Here, There & Everywhere: Readings of Women Playwrights from Around the World.” Friday through Sunday: three one-act plays by winning local playwrights.

2 A Women's Film Festival in Portland

Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9, Hollywood Theatre, $6-$8, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland.

The Portland skyline peeks through winter fog below Mount Hood. (photo by Brent Wojahn/AP)

The Portland skyline peeks through winter fog below Mount Hood. (photo by Brent Wojahn/AP)

International Women’s Day gets a big nod in Portland with this weekend’s POWFest (Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival). Saturday, see the North American premier of “Dog’s Paradise,” a tail-wagging tale of exile and innocence set in 1953 Moscow, by Russian filmmaker Anna Tchernakova. Or “A Self-Made Man,” a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo. Short films cover adult relationships as well as family-friendly themes.

3 Vive la France in Victoria

All day Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, Centennial Square, Victoria, B.C. Live music noon-4 p.m. each day, free

See the British Columbia parliament building in Victoria. (photo by Darrel Dyck/AP)

See the British Columbia Parliament building in Victoria. (photo by Darrel Dyck/AP)

Whether it’s sampling a melt-in-your-mouth pain au chocolat or listening to a lineup of emerging French-speaking vocal artists, bilingual Canada is a good place to get a taste of France. Head for the Victoria French Fest on Centennial Square this weekend. For International Women’s Day, Saturday’s performance lineup is all female, including French-speaking Manitoba native Marijosée, who will launch a new album. Also expect artisans in everything from painting to pastries.

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