Sick and tired of April showers in Seattle? Break out. Leave town. Just for this weekend. Try these last-minute ideas:
1 Dragon boats and 'Species' parade in Olympia
Dragon boat races begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 26, final heats at 4 p.m., Port Plaza, west end of Market Street, Olympia. Procession of the Species, 4:30 p.m., throughout downtown.
It’s a big Saturday in Olympia, with the annual Dragon Boat Festival on the Budd Inlet waterfront, and the annual Procession of the Species community parade through downtown. In addition to paddle races in exotic craft, you’ll find performances of Asian dance, music, martial arts and more, at the Port Plaza. It’s also Arts Walk weekend downtown, and the 20th year for the Procession, a whole-earth, organically grown, sustainably staged parade in which local residents dress up as their favorite plants and animals. It’s sort of Fremont Fair-meets-Earth Day.
2 Crab, Seafood and Wine Fest in Astoria
Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, $5-$10 admission, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Astoria.
If you’re human and over 21, how can you go wrong with crab, seafood and wine, in a scenic and historic community on the Columbia River? This weekend is the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, in Astoria, Ore. More than 50 wineries and breweries join dozens of food vendors, and there’s lots of entertainment, too.
3 Fresh spring vintages at Lake Chelan
Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, various wineries around Lake Chelan; click here for details. Tasting fees apply at most venues.
Rarely does one need a real excuse to visit Lake Chelan in the springtime, but this weekend you have a good one if you’re a wine fan who doesn’t need the Astoria seafood: It’s the Chelan Nouveau event at Lake Chelan wineries. They’re uncorking their newest whites and rosé wines, just in time to see the apple blossoms (which they still have over there, as well as vineyards). Expect music, free nibbles and a mostly sunny Saturday (according to the National Weather Service, that last bit).