Need a break from the rat race? Too much caffeine and not enough kicking back? Get out of town for the weekend. Here are three ideas to get you on the road.
1 Bop to bluegrass, help Darrington rebound
Fri.-Sun., July 18-20, Darrington Bluegrass Music Park, 3 miles west of Darrington on Highway 530; tickets at the gate: $20-$25 per day.
Kick back with some banjo pickers, goggle at Whitehorse Mountain, and feel virtuous for helping a community get back on its feet as you attend the Darrington Bluegrass Festival this weekend.
Darrington is on the rebound from this spring’s devastating Oso mudslide, a few miles down Highway 530. The highway is now reopened, providing easy access from Interstate 5 through Arlington.
Festival headliners include Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.
2 A berry tasty festival in Portland
Noon -6 p.m. Friday, July 18, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Ecotrust Event Space, Northwest 10th and Johnson, Pearl District, Portland. Free admission; dinner $95.
It’s the berries. Head for Portland for the Oregon Berry Festival.
Expect everything from marionberries to ollalieberries (a cross between a loganberry and a youngberry, each of which is itself a cross between a blackberry and another berry), along with good old straightforward blueberries and strawberries.
You’ll find berry vendors, berry products, berry-themed food booths, cooking demonstrations featuring berries, a children’s booth with berry-themed crafts and a Gala Berry Dinner prepared by one of Portland’s leading chefs.
3 Lavender Weekend in Sequim
Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., and on Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and Third Avenue; free admission, some farm tours free, some $10/day. Fri., July 18-Sun., July 20. Sequim, Clallam County.
Washington’s love affair with lavender owes a lot to the Sequim Lavender Festival, along with its cousin, the Sequim Lavender Farm Tour and Fair, all happening this weekend in the banana belt of the Olympic Peninsula.
Tour lavender farms, shop for lavender products, taste lavender-themed foods from lavender pepper sausage to lavender-infused caramel apples to lavender ice cream. You can also listen to live music — possibly with a lavender theme, you never know.