Seaworthiness is an outdated concept anyway.

Photo courtesy the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest

Drinking wine, making boats, and stuffing your face with pasta? Sounds like a great weekend in the Northwest.

-Bigfoot Bash and Bounty on Saturday in Carson on the Columbia River isn’t just for Sasquatch believers—the curious are welcome, too. A huckleberry pancake breakfast kicks off the day of speakers, a softball tournament, and—duh—a Bigfoot hunt.

-The Bellevue vet behind memoir Two Gold Coins and a Prayer speaks at the Museum of Flight on Saturday, sharing a tale of hiding from the Nazis and surviving a POW camp. Sure, it’s not quite out of town, but the subject of the talk is pretty far removed—Holland during World War II.

-The Commencement Bay Maritime Fest runs in Tacoma all weekend, with boat tours, live bands, and boat tours all along the city’s waterfront. Saturday’s Quick and Dirty Boat Building Competition sees how quickly a slapdash sea vessel can be made.

-Jazz & Wine Among Friends in Walla Walla is a fundraiser featuring regional tunes and wines. Sunday tickets went fast, but Saturday tickets are still available.

-The Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon has become so famous over its 30 years that it has its own movie (and it sells out on the first day of registration). Runners will be schlepping through Portland through Saturday, but you can do the carbo-loading part at the Festa Italiana in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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