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Speed is the name of the game at the Penn Cove MusselFest's mussel-eating competition.

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Now that it’s March, springtime weather is here to help the Pacific Northwest wake up from its winter slumber. Here are five events around the state to help experience the shift in seasons:

Olympia: Radical Reels Tour

The Banff Centre is bringing its outdoor adventure film world tour to Olympia's Capitol Theatre to showcase adrenaline junkies. It's the only stop the movie will make in the Northwest this year, and the movie features harrowing feats like kayakers going over waterfalls, climbers scaling featureless rock walls, and skiers hitting fresh powder. Some of the world’s top adventure filmmakers show off more than a different action sports. March 3, 7 pm

Coupeville: Penn Cove MusselFest

Shellfish take center stage at Whidbey Island's Recreation Hall during their 31st annual mussel festival. On Saturday, mountain bikers will race along the island’s Kettles Trails while the central festival includes a book sale, car show, and contemporary art show. There will be daily mussel-eating competitions, cooking lessons, and tours of local shellfish farms. Regional beer and wine will be available at the waterfront garden. March 4–5

Tacoma: Lucky Music Festival

Leprechauns are ravers, right? To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Tacoma Dome is hosting Lucky, the sixth annual Celtic-inspired music festival. The one-day electronic dance party will include DJs Datsik and NGHTMRE, as well as local artists Kozmo and Sharps. Stalls will sell food and drinks throughout the venue. Pro tip: Show up a little early to get the free street parking (along E 26th Street) north of the Dome before it fills up; otherwise, parking on-site is $25 for the day. March 11, 6 pm

Eric ellingson   bald eagles flying over semiahoo bay in northern washington are common sights during the wings over water birding festival. kzinj1

Spotting bald eagles over Semiahmoo Bay: Not always this easy.

Blaine: Wings Over Water Birding Festival

For 15 years, the northern bird-spotting festival has educated people of all demographics about birds. This year, the non-profit organization will kick off its event on Friday with a guided field trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia—where more than 300 birds have been identified—before ending the day with a reception at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine. Then, on Saturday, there's a tour of Boundary Bay on the 50-foot ship Salish Sea, an all-day birding exposition at Blaine Middle School, and the festival’s keynote. Photographer Paul Bannick will share stories from his fieldwork along with images from his new book on owls. Sunday concludes with a breakfast buffet in Birch Bay State Park, followed by a guided photography and birding walk. March 10–12

Lacey: Capital Food and Wine Festival

In its 28th year, the South Sound food and wine festival in Lacey is bringing something new to the party at St. Martin’s Marcus Pavilion: hard ciders. It joins 100 regional wines and more than 40 different beers, next to stands from local restaurants. Olympia’s own Ethan Tucker performs on a slate that also includes jazz, folk, and classical groups. While parking at the event is limited, a free shuttle will be transporting visitors from South Sound Mall to the pavilion throughout the day. To top it all off, it's for a good cause: All proceeds from the festival benefit the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association’s scholarship fund. March 25, noon–9pm 

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