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March 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Vancouver to Cashmere

Has the stress at work been getting to you? Is it time for a spontaneous getaway before you spontaneously combust? Here are three quick ideas to help get you down the road this weekend:

1 'Wings Over Water' spotlights birds around Blaine

Friday-Sunday, March 14-16; Saturday expo 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at  Blaine Middle School and Blaine School Performing Arts Center, 975 H St., Blaine; wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com

 

Birders with their scopes at Birch Bay. (photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Birders with their scopes at Birch Bay. (photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival celebrates the variety of  Pacific Flyway birds that flock to the pristine coastline around Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay in Whatcom County. Events focus on bird photography and artwork, with a free day-long birding expo on Saturday including indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Take a birding field trip, or a wildlife cruise around Blaine’s Drayton Harbor on the historic Plover Ferry.

2 Celtic Fest sets Vancouver stomping

Multiple venues through Sunday, March 16, Vancouver, B.C.; Celtic Village and Street Market at Robson Square, Robson Street at Howe Street, and along Granville Street. Some events free, some paid. celticfestvancouver.com

CaptureThis weekend concludes the nine-day Celtic Fest, marking its 10th year in Vancouver, B.C., with a rousing whirl of music, dance, Irish ale and a Sunday St. Patrick’s Day parade through downtown  (11 a.m.). Saturday and Sunday, there’s a Celtic Village & Street Market with three stages at Robson Square and nearby venues. Throughout the weekend, you’ll find drum circles, Irish dancers, and musical acts ranging from The Irish Wakers to The Halifax Wharf Rats.

3 Smaller-town St. Patrick's Day parades

See Peshastin Pinnacles on a visit to Cashmere for St. Patrick's Day. (photo by Joel Hawksley/The Seattle Times)

See Peshastin Pinnacles on a visit to Cashmere for St. Patrick’s Day. (photo by Joel Hawksley/The Seattle Times)

Or if a smaller-town St. Patrick’s Day suits you, here are two more options:

What’s been called “the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Washington State” navigates downtown Cashmere, the Aplets and Cotlets capital of Central Washington.  Entrants include the state championship baseball team, Appleseed Preschool, the Blom’s American Grill and Irish Pub Float and more.

Bellingham, the self-proclaimed City of Subdued Excitement, gets revved up about St. Pat’s Day, with a big parade on Cornwall Avenue. The parade honors police and firefighters, and encourages a green (environmental) theme for entrants. Parade ends, conveniently, near Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, with a weekend of Irish dance, music and food.

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