Camano Island's Great Northwest Glass Quest puts a local spin on the treasure hunt.

While we wait for the impending thrill of cherry blossoms and tulips, February brings its own charms—like day drinking and scavanger hunts.

Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival

Each winter, bald eagles flock to the Stillaguamish River to feed on salmon, and their return is celebrated with annual festivities like a chainsaw carving show, petting zoo, educational children’s activities, and live music. The festival runs February 4 and 5, but photo ops abound throughout the month. 

Wintergrass

The lively, family-friendly bluegrass festival returns to Bellevue February 24–27 with concerts, music education programs, workshops, and impromptu jams spread across four stages and endless patios and hallways. No need to leave your own instrument at home: The event will have instrument check rooms to stash gear between jam sessions. 

The Great Northwest Glass Quest

Anyone can take part in a real-life treasure hunt on Camano Island in late February. Daily clues are posted online February 18–27, and would-be Indiana Joneses can search for plastic clue balls in parks and businesses around Stanwood and Camano. Successful questers can trade their plastic treasure for a commemorative hand-blown glass ball.

Red Wine and Chocolate

Yakima Valley’s wineries host a special weekend of pairings February 18–21. With over a dozen wineries offering curated tastings, upscale local restaurants, and scenic tours, the weekend is designed as a delectable Valentine’s getaway, just a little after the fact.

Leavenworth Fasching Carnival

In a town already known for endless festivals, this annual Bavarian event is especially flashy, a tradition that reaches far back into European history as a pre-Lent party. Carnival-style street performers take over Leavenworth's Front Street February 19 and 20 with fire dancing and hoop tricks, all in costume. 

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