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September 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Leavenworth’s leaves to Portland’s jugglers

Is your house still drying out from this week’s autumn deluge? Need to get out of town while the repairman comes? Here are three ideas to get you on the road.

1 Celebrate autumn color in Leavenworth

3-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 10:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, downtown Leavenworth

Celebrate autumn leaves in Leavenworth this weekend. (2009 photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

When Leavenworth leaves turn, colors can be brilliant. (2009 photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Leaves are starting to turn color in the mountains and Leavenworth is celebrating with its longest-running community celebration, the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival, founded in 1964, the year the town “went Bavarian.” Expect street dances all weekend, a big parade at noon Saturday, a pumpkin-pie eating contest, a pretzel-tossing contest, a climbing wall, plus bouncy toys for kids.

2 Watch hot-air balloons in Prosser

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28, Prosser, Benton County; most events free to spectators

Balloonists are silhouetted as their hot air balloon inflates in Prosser. (2006 photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Balloonists are silhouetted as their hot-air balloon inflates in Prosser. (2006 photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

More than 20 hot air balloons will rise over the Yakima River during the 25th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally. Take your camera and join in the oohs and aahs. Weekend events include sunrise balloon launches, a Night Glow event, a Harvest Festival, a farmers market, a street dance and street painting.

3 Catch the Juggling Festival in Portland

6 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26-28, Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza 7 p.m. Saturday, $8-$16; full festival pass, $20-$35; Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland.

Juggling is the thing in Portland this weekend. (photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Juggling is what’s up in Portland this weekend. (photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Watch jugglers of all styles and skills, and maybe learn how to do it yourself, at this weekend’s three-day Portland Juggling Festival at Reed College. In one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the nation, jugglers from around the world and down the street join to share their knowledge and show their skills. Workshops range from Hat Juggling to Advanced Whip Cracking. A Saturday night Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza features masters of the art including Rootberry, Rhys Thomas, Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein and more.

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