Five Things to do Out of Town This Weekend

Run, drink, or put on your best fancy hat for a day at the races.

By Allison Williams August 19, 2011

Canada builds better forts than your wimpy pillow ones.

Image courtesy Tourism Vancouver.

It’s going to be over 80 degrees in Seattle this weekend—all the more reason to get out of town. You don’t want to get used to all that sunshine, do you? Here’s what’s on tap around the Northwest:

-The Kitsap Wine Festival takes over Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton on Saturday from 2–5:30pm. Besides a ton of vino (and beer!), it features local bites and live jazz. Tickets are online.

-The Lagunitas Beer Train chugs around Mount Rainier on Saturday as beer nerds throw back the California brew.

-The Covey Run winds around Woodinville as part of the Auction of Washington Wines events on Saturday (registration will be on-site). Proceeds from the 5K and 10K fund uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the post-race sips in wine country beat Gatorade any day.

-The Longacres Mile, a horse race born in 1935, takes place at Auburn’s Emerald Downs on Sunday at about 5:30pm. A tailgate Railbird Rally party takes place outside at 10:30am. Our bets are on the horse in the fourth position, Honour the Deputy. Why? The name is kind of reminiscent of Bob Marley (right?).

-Fab Forts Weekend across Canada this weekend will celebrate the country’s military history, not to mention their plethora of cool old military installations. Re-enactments and concerts will be held at Fort Langley near Vancouver and Ford Rodd Hill in Victoria, and they will even be firing their historic artillery.

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