Bored with February? Fed up with rock skiing in the Cascades? Get out of town. Here are three ideas to get you on the road:
1 Celebrate beer (with a free bus) in Bellingham
Brewery open-house tour, noon-5 p.m. Feb. 21, around downtown Bellingham. Free bus from any brewery, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Washington Beer Commission is promoting the annual Washington Beer Open House, with breweries open to visitors across the state, including on the Bellingham Tap Trail. The lively college town sandwiched between Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands has five craft brewers that will offer tours, tastes, snacks and lots of time to chat with your favorite beer makers. Participants include Boundary Bay Brewery, Wander Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery and Aslan Brewing, with a free bus circulating between the breweries.
2 Join the party on Vancouver's Granville Island
Feb. 19-22, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.; free admission, some events with fees.
Vancouver, B.C.’s Granville Island is a colorful place for food and art anytime, but it erupts into a winter festival this weekend. They call it Winterruption. Art is at its heart, and the boast is that this year it’s bigger than ever, with “Giants,” the largest mural ever created by Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS. (It covers six giant concrete silos.) The Brazilian theme carries through with music, plus performances by Brazilian acrobats. Also: the Meet Your Makers Tour, a behind-the-scenes glimpse and taste of beer, sake and spirits produced on Granville Island.
3 Welcome Year of the Sheep in Portland
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21 Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland; $8, free for children younger than 3.
Mark the Lunar New Year with a trip to Portland for the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair, Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center. You’ll find stage performances, dragon dances, lion dances, puppet shows, tempting food and more. Depending on your source and your preference, this starts either the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Sheep. Portland’s celebration is, well, sheepish.