Drive through and step out at the 2021 Washington State Spring Fair

The Washington State Spring Fair looks different this year due to safety precautions from the COVID pandemic. The traditional walk-in fair is replaced by three drive-through options. Bingo, the first option, is a drive-through-only experience. See animal displays, strolling entertainers, Brad's World of Reptiles, and Daffodil Festival displays (a stationery parade). Stop at food vendors … Continue reading Drive through and step out at the 2021 Washington State Spring Fair

Upriver 2021, from the Waterfront Blues Festival, has a new venue in Portland

The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland is back this year Friday-Sunday, July 2-5, with a few twists because of the continuing COVID pandemic. Instead of being held on the waterfront in downtown Portland, it's moving less than a mile away to The Lot at Zidell Yards and changing its name to Upriver 2021. The festival's … Continue reading Upriver 2021, from the Waterfront Blues Festival, has a new venue in Portland

Spring into history at the April First Friday in Downtown Camas, Washington

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay Every month, Downtown Camas has a theme for its First Friday. This month, it's "Spring into History". Take a self-guided historic walking tour, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, and see the exhibits at the art galleries. The shops are open late and some will be offering Easter goodies. … Continue reading Spring into history at the April First Friday in Downtown Camas, Washington

Oktoberfest cancels for second year in a row in Leavenworth, Washington

A beautiful view of the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth during Oktoberfest (photo by Cheryl Landes) Oktoberfest, which is among the most popular events in Leavenworth, Washington, has fallen victim to COVID-19 for the second year in a row and will not be held the first three weekends of October 2021. In a press release posted … Continue reading Oktoberfest cancels for second year in a row in Leavenworth, Washington

Maifest 2021 cancels in Leavenworth, Washington

Downtown Leavenworth, Washington, with the blue and white maipole on the left in the town's square (photo by Cheryl Landes) Maifest is among the popular annual celebrations in Leavenworth, Washington. For three days on the second weekend of May, people gather in the Bavarian-themed town to celebrate the arrival of spring. The event has been … Continue reading Maifest 2021 cancels in Leavenworth, Washington

2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

A red-winged blackbird bathes in a pond in Central Washington. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Organizers for the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest decided to fly ahead with an event this spring. It's scheduled Thursday-Sunday, May 13-16. In a post on the festival's Facebook page, the organizers wrote: "We are currently planning for a hybrid festival model … Continue reading 2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival a mix of virtual, in-person events

Tulips from Roozengaarde Flowers & Bulbs in Mount Vernon, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Because of ongoing safety concerns and state restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in northwestern Washington State will be a combination of virtual and in-person events. The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 1, with a … Continue reading 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival a mix of virtual, in-person events

The 2021 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrates online

Meet the world's best writers, poets, and artists from the comfort of your home at the 26th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The 2021 event runs from Saturday, April 17, until Friday, April 23. Here's the schedule in Pacific time. Saturday, April 17 10 a.m. - Festival of Books Kickoff 10:30 a.m. - … Continue reading The 2021 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrates online

2021 Daffodil Festival cancelled in Junction City

Photo by Cheryl Landes The 2021 Daffodil Festival, a popular event at the Long Tom Grange in Junction City, Oregon, has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. "Several have reached out already, but we just wanted to make it official. The Daffodil Festival WILL NOT be happening this year," organizers posted on the event's … Continue reading 2021 Daffodil Festival cancelled in Junction City