Got spring fever? Have an overwhelming desire to be anywhere but in your stuffy old office? Get out. See the world. Hit the road this weekend. Here are three quick ideas:
1 Razor Clam Fest at the beach
Noon -5 p.m. Friday, March 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 22; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, $3 admission, 12 and younger free; Ocean Shores Convention Center, Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County
Dig this: It’s time for the Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza at Ocean Shores. Saturday, there are chowder cookoffs (amateur and professional), as well as chefs competing in Creative Entrée contests for clams and seafood. And don’t miss the Decorated Clam Art display, including clam guns, shovels and more (with an auction on Sunday). For kids: mechanical shark rides (!). Click here for info on coming razor-clam digs on Washington beaches.
2 Keep your Irish eyes smiling in White Rock
Festival continues through March, various venues, White Rock, B.C.
It’s hard to really get enough Irish-style celebrating into the month of March. If your Guinness quotient is still down a quart, run for the border. The party town of White Rock, B.C., isn’t yet done with its month-long Irish Festival. This weekend there’s a Friday gig by Celtic fiddler Keirah Raymond ($35), then it’s Celtic Sundays with The Seabillies. Restaurants around town are featuring Irish specials all month.
3 Swing with Barber Shoppers in Portland
7 p.m. Friday, March 21; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane, Forest Grove, Ore.; $17-$22,
But if all-American, Yankee Doodle Dandy partying is more your style, head for the West Portland suburb of Forest Grove for the 68th Annual Original All Northwest Barber Shop Quartet Contest. Friday, the top 20 men’s and women’s Barber Shop foursomes duke it out to make the finals, and Saturday, the scrappy top eight try to keep their straw boaters on their heads and their eyes on the prize. Can you say, “Hello, Dolly”?