Has this week of October weather left you in a fog? Need to clear the cobwebs and get out of town? Here are three ideas to help get you on the road:
1 Fly kites for peace at Long Beach
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, on the beach at Long Beach, Pacific County; free
October winds at the Washington coast will put some punch in the One Sky, One World Kite Fly for Peace, a worldwide event in which kites are flown as a symbol of unity. It started at the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s and continues every October around the globe, including the kite-obsessed town of Long Beach. Need a kite once you’re there? Head for the gift shop at the World Kite Museum, on Sid Snyder Drive, or Wind World Kites, 115 Pacific Ave. S.
2 Everything is apples in Portland
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; $25 general admission includes 10 tastings and souvenir cup, benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association
Celebrate the Northwest apple with a few ciders that might make you apple-cheeked this weekend in Portland. The NW Ciderfest happens Saturday. Sample hard-cider creations from more than 20 cideries, from Apple Bandit to Wandering Aengus. Watch the Mixology Showcase, challenge the competition in apple-pie eating, bop to local musicians, even ride a pony in the “Pioneer Orchard” (with non-alcoholic cider and other treats for the whole family).
3 Last weekend for Richmond Night Market
8351 River Road, Richmond, B.C.; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 13 (Canadian Thanksgiving holiday); $2.25 admission (free for 10 and younger or 60 and older)
It’s the final weekend of the season for the Richmond Summer Night Market, the open-air extravaganza of Asian food, games and shopping in the Vancouver, B.C., suburb of Richmond. The lineup for Hurricane Potatoes often stretches across the park, and food offerings of all kinds are legendary. Also: rides and live entertainment.