January

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of fun activities to enjoy in the new year! Here are 13 events in Western Washington that are happening in January. 

December 31, Long Beach
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT
Nothing beats a fireworks show over the ocean to ring in the New Year! www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com

January 1, Birch Bay
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Since 1982, hundreds been starting off their new year with a dip in Birch Bay’s frosty waters. Join the annual tradition. www.birchbaychamber.com

January 5–27, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount
SKAGIT EAGLE FESTIVAL
Educational programs, walks, and tours along the Skagit River increase your opportunities to view wintering bald eagles. Last year I saw 30 eagles in a single afternoon! www.skagiteaglefestival.com

January 18–27, Chelan
LAKE CHELAN WINTERFEST
For two weekends, Chelan transforms into a winter wonderland complete with an outdoor ice-sculpture gallery, live music horse-carriage rides, wine tastings, an ice slide, and an ice bar. www.lakechelanwinterfest.com

January 19, Elma
ELMA WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
Enjoy vino from more than 20 wineries, a beer garden, food, vendors, and live entertainment. Grays Harbor County Fair & Events Center. www.elmachamber.org

January 19, Conconully
OUTHOUSE RACES
In one of the weirdest races, contestants shove wooden outhouses on skis down a snow-covered Main Street. Because…why not? www.conconully.com

January 19, Ellensburg
WINTERHOP BREWFEST
Sample the goods of 35 Northwest microbreweries scattered around historic downtown Ellensburg all set to live music. www.ellensburgwinterhopbrewfest.com

January 19–20, Leavenworth
BAVARIAN ICEFEST
With the holiday season behind us, celebrate Bavarian Fest in Leavenworth. Enter the Smooshing contest—in which teams of four strap their feet to long boards and race down Front Street. www.leavenworth.org

January 19–21, Seattle
RAILROAD WEEKEND
Train enthusiasts can marvel at dozens of model railroad designs and enjoy train-themed activities and crafts. Celebrating 45 years of all things railroad. Pacific Science Center. www.pacificsciencecenter.org

January 24–26, Vancouver
CLARK COLLEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Up for a jazz competition? Middle- and high-school instrumental jazz ensembles gather to perform during this three-day competition. Clark College, (360) 992-2662, www.clark.edu

January 25–26, Leavenworth
TIMBRRR! WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Check out the music scene as early 30 musicians crossing genres from soul to indie-rock and hip-hop to folk congregate to perform at multiple venues in Leavenworth. www.timbermusicfest.com

January 26, Federal Way
BEAT, BOOGIE AND BOUNCE
The Federal Way Symphony Big Band offer an evening of timeless music from the 40s and 50s. Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center. www.federalwaysymphony.org

January 26­­–27, Long Beach
WINDLESS KITE FESTIVAL
I didn’t even know you could fly a kite without wind. Watch demonstrations of indoor kite-flying in this competition set to music in the Long Beach Elementary School gym. www.worldkitemuseum.com

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