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August 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Aug. 16-18)

It’s the dog days of summer, and maybe your roommate’s unlovable pooch is finally driving you out of town? Here are some good places to run away to this weekend.

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Expect oysters set to music this weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula. (photo by Eric Risberg / The Associated Press)

Expect oysters set to music this weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula. (photo by Eric Risberg / The Associated Press)

It’s time for seafood and music on the Long Beach Peninsula. Two events this weekend: Blues and Seafood at the Port of Ilwaco, on Friday and Saturday, and Jazz and Oysters Sunday in Ocean Park. The Ilwaco event features blues acts including Coco Montoya, the North Coast Blues Band, The Strange Tones and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes. It’s all in a waterfront tent, with a seafood-oriented food court and microbrews handy. On a ballfield up near Nahcotta, the jazz day includes performers Patrick Lamb and Acustica, plus a whole passel of those famous Willapa Bay oysters. Ticket prices vary; all-weekend ticket for both events: $50.

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July 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Get outta town: 3 weekend ideas, from Oregon Country Fair to Victoria

Is the band of Elvis impersonators who live downstairs from you practicing for their big gig this weekend? Do you really need to get out of town? Here are three reasons to go, July 12-14:

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Are you a fan of the Fremont Fair? Then you’ll love the Oregon Country Fair, probably the Northwest’s biggest art extravaganza, music festival, free-thinker, sustainable, activist hippie love-in of the summer. Help celebrate its 44th year —

Expect masked merriment at the Oregon Country Fair this weekend. (AP photo)

Expect masked merrymakers at the Oregon Country Fair near Eugene this weekend. (AP photo)

that takes it back to 1969, yeah that would be about right. On a wooded site near Veneta, Ore., 13 miles west of Eugene, the Country Fair is described by organizers as a “time-of-your-life cultural immersion” at which everyone is encouraged to dress up and you should expect “parades and surprises around every bend.” Plus, of course, lots of music, food vendors, arts and crafts, the “Daredevil Vaudeville Palace,” and enough colorful banners and flags to outfit a New Age army. It’s Friday through Sunday. Tickets (off-site sales only) are $22-$28 a day, or $57 for the weekend. $8-$10/day parking.

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