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5 Things to Do This Weekend

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Don't Miss These Weekend Events

Looking for fun activities to do this weekend? Consider these editor-picked events, or check out what else is happening across the Pacific Northwest in our full calendar of events.

enjoy Fall Festivities

mushrooms

QUINAULT MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

October 18–20, Quinault
Fall in the Northwest brings a sprinkling of ephemeral colors to the forest floor — if you know where to look. Autumn is prime mushrooming season, and while most come in shades of brown, a surprising number of orange, purple, green and even blue fungi can be found on a walk through the woods. The annual mushroom festival at historic Lake Quinault Lodge is a great place to start. “You can walk across the street and go up one of the trails, and at any particular spot there are at least several hundred kinds of fungi living in the soil,” said renowned mycologist Steve Trudell.

Experts take novices on guided hikes to help them find and identify fascinating fungi, from stocky, brown boletes (most of them are edible, but only some are worth tasting) to delicate, fairy-like lavender laccaria. “If you want to look for edible mushrooms, learn the deadly ones first,” Trudell said. As he set off on a field trip, he shared some mushroom humor: “If you find something really, really good, we’ll tell you it’s poisonous and keep them.” But Trudell prefers photographing mushrooms to eating them, and for many, mushrooming is more about the fun of a treasure hunt than rooting out edible species.

This year’s mushroom festival is October 18-20, featuring seminars, mushroom-centric meals, a spectacular display of fresh-picked fungi and even mushroom bingo. At day’s end, share your foraging adventures with fellow festivalgoers as sunset colors streak the lake. – Leslie Forsberg

a scene from Dracula

“DRACULA”

October 18 – November 17, Seattle
Bram Stoker’s original Victorian gothic novel, published in 1897, has been re-adapted for ACT’s stage by Steven Dietz, putting a new spin on the old tale to create a thoughtful and haunting interpretation of the story for the 21st century. ACT Theatre at The Falls Theatre. Remember AAA discount with promo code AAA260.

carved art at Tacoma Holiday Festival

TACOMA HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVAL

October 17–20, Tacoma
Shop 500 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods and unique gifts amid festive decorations, musical holiday greeters, culinary demonstrations and visits from Santa; pay once, return for free.

a scene from This is Halloween

“THIS IS HALLOWEEN”

October 18–31, Seattle
This original, dark fantasy musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” features Can Can Productions’ signature cabaret and burlesque stylings, with live orchestral music, vocal performance and spooky video projections. At the Triple Door. 

Quilts of various colors

HELLS CANYON GEM CLUB SHOW

October 18–20, Lewiston
Displays, demonstrators, dealers, dinosaur fossils, competitive cases, raffles and giveaways, a silent auction, and a large statue of the Space Needle made of rocks make this annual show shine. At Nez Perce County Fair Building. 

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