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What to do this Memorial Day weekend in the Puget Sound…

May 27, 2011

…besides catching a Yankees vs. Mariners game. Are you not wanting to travel too far because of high gas prices? Looking forward to enjoying our great outdoors, firing up the ol’ BBQ or hitting up the holiday sales and scoring on some deals? Well, here you can find some great ideas for what you can do this holiday weekend, the upcoming weekends, as well as where to find a Summer Guide for our region.

Hitting road this weekend? What you need to know

Thousands of Washington residents will be heading to airports, train stations and ferry terminals this Memorial Day weekend as the summer travel season gets what’s unfortunately expected to be a fairly sunless start.

Memorial Day means picnics, barbecues — and great sales!

Memorial Day is upon us, and while your picnics and barbecues might get rained out, there’s a silver lining — you can save big at sales all three-day weekend long! (When in doubt, go shopping.) Here’s a handy list of Memorial Day sales for your reference.

Best Bets for this weekend: Folklife, seagull calling, Ski to Sea

It’s Memorial Day weekend, with showers in the forecast and maybe a few sun breaks. Does it feel like we’re in a rut? Here’s what’s on the weekend calendar:

Folklife Festival: The Northwest Folklife Festival fills Seattle Center Friday through Monday. Donations are encouraged, but it’s still free, if that’s all you can afford.

A weekend-by-weekend guide to summer fun around Seattle

Do you live for the weekend? Beyond being a loyal TGIFer, are you a TGIS&S (Thank God It’s Saturday and Sunday) kind of person — lazy as the Fremont Troll?

This pullout is for you. Here’s a weekend-by-weekend, stick-it-on-the-fridge, Best Bets edition of Summer Guide.

Summer Guide

Getting the jump on summer

With a lingering, cool spring that’s been noted as the best year in many for moss, we’re wishing hard for summer.

Do your dance, thump your drum, chant if you must. Help the Northwest summon the sun — and maybe convince it to stick around.

And maybe it will help if you spend some idle minutes scanning Summer Guide. Look for your favorite festivals and think ahead to days when sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. When sandals may be worn without socks. When ice cream drips down the cone if you don’t lick fast.

We’ve got ideas for things to do and places to go plus eight car-free getaways — to ease the pain of high gas prices. And don’t miss our weekend-by-weekend picks to help you set priorities.

So put on some shorts. Pour yourself something tall and cool. Have a picnic on the patio. Sometimes it’s all in the attitude.

And just remember, when Mount Rainier comes out of the clouds, the sky turns blue as an alpine lake, and summer finally, truly arrives in Seattle: No place does it better.

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