If you plan to brave the high cost of gas and do any traveling this summer, here's a sampling of some of the festivals happening throughout the Pacific Northwest starting this month.
Wine Country Celebration is June 20-21. For schedules and locations, go to www.winecountrywashington.org.
Now in its sixth year, this weekend celebration allows wine lovers an opportunity to discover all that Washington wine country has to offer through tastings, live jazz and dinners in the vineyards.
Seattle International Beer Festival is July 4-6. Info at www.seattlebeerfest.com.
This event celebrates the world's most legendary brewing styles with tastings of more than 130 beers from more than 15 countries.
Seafair festivities happen throughout the month of July in Seattle. Info at www.seafair.com.
In Seattle's traditional summer festival, Seafair features parades and fireworks, Navy and Coast Guard events, amateur athletic competitions, air shows and boat racing for the entire month of July.
Chataqua is July 11-13 in Chewelah. Info at www.chataqua.net/index.html.
Chataqua is a three-day event featuring music, food, local vendors and square dancing. The event also showcases various arts and crafts by Northwest artists.
Raspberry Festival is July 18-19 in Lynden. Info at www.lynden.org.
This festival celebrates the largest harvest of raspberries in North America and includes berry sampling and other family-friendly activities.
Ballard Seafood Fest is July 26-27 in Ballard. Info at www.seafoodfest.org.
Every July, Ballard closes down the streets for one weekend and provides entertainment for all ages, beer and wine gardens, a plethora of seafood vendors and a great summer party.
National Lentil Festival is Aug. 22-23 in Pullman. Info at www.lentilfest.com.
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho grow about one-third of the lentils in the United States. The festival has celebrated that agriculture since 1989.
Bumbershoot is held every Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center. Info at www.bumbershoot.org.
Bumbershoot is a three-day urban arts festival featuring music, performance artists, film and dance in more than 20 indoor and outdoor venues.
* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org