Who needs to see the new movie when you have a boss who’s just like Godzilla? If you really need a stress break, get out of town for a quick getaway. Here are three ideas to get you on the road this weekend:
1 Follow the sun to Spokane's Lilac Festival
Parade starts at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Washington Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard and zigzags through downtown Spokane.
It’s a bit of a long road trip across the state, but if you want to chase the sun, the Saturday forecast is for partly sunny and highs in the low 70s in Spokane, where the Spokane Lilac Festival is finishing up this weekend. Saturday night: Catch what’s touted as “the largest armed forces torchlight parade in the nation.” (How many can there be? It’s not polite to ask.)
2 Pretend it's summer with a rodeo and fair in B.C.
Friday through Monday, Surrey, B.C. Gate admission $12, rodeo events $20; 12 and younger free
If you’re really hungry for summer, what feels more summery than a country fair and rodeo? Most places you have to wait until August for that sort of thing. But if you head north of the border, it’s Victoria Day weekend (celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday) and you can take in the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair and see how our Canadian neighbors do it up, in the Vancouver, B.C., suburb of Surrey. Rodeo includes bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, ladies barrel racing and the ever popular Mutton Bustin’ for kids. And if it’s been a long, sad Tilt-A-Whirl-free winter for you, take comfort in “the Fraser Valley’s largest midway.” Yee haw, eh?
3 Cozy up with Portland's Animation Festival
Through Sunday, May 18, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland; short film programs $10-$15.
If you LIVED for Saturday-morning cartoons when you were a kid, forsake SIFF for a day or two and make tracks for Portland’s Northwest Animation Festival, said to be the largest of its kind in the nation. (What better for a rainy weekend?) Of course, it’s much more and far beyond Rocky and Bullwinkle. Five programs of short films start Friday. The festival’s featured film, “Premier Automne,” is described in program notes as “an astonishingly beautiful story about the first meeting of two children in a magical woods: one a child of summer, the other a child of winter.” Or, for Bullwinkle fans, there’s several segments of “Rollin’ Safari,” in which “African cheetahs, flamingos and zebras that are inexplicably inflated like balloon animals struggle hilariously to live their ordinary lives.”