Best of February 2013 events in Washington State

Known for its artistic and cultural heritage as well as its lush agricultural produce, Washington State is the perfect place for people who like an experience of the countryside without going too far away from the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan life. Whether you are looking for a holiday destination this coming February, or better yet, a place you can call your home, here is a short list of things to do that will help you plan your visit.

Mystery Weekend 2013

Langley, Washington

The town of Langley, located on the Whidbey Island, will celebrate the centennial of its Mystery Weekendannual Mystery Weekend on February 23 to 24, 2013. The concept behind the Mystery Weekend is pretty self-explanatory. It is a two-day event in which guests and the whole town can participate in a mystery-solving game that features the weirdest characters and plot lines that would make you feel as if you’re in the “Truman Show”, only, you are fully aware that it’s all just a story.

The game is literally played all over the town, with shops and historical buildings participating as actual setting of the story. The solution is announced in the afternoon of Sunday. Prizes are given to those who have successfully solved the mystery.

To reach the small town of Langley, Washington State, you can take a 15-minute ferry ride from Mukilteo or drive over the Deception Pass to reach the island.

Spokane International Film Festival

Spokane, Washington

The Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) is very similar to other such events, the only difference is that it features films that have been screened in the past two years but have not received commercial release or have not been widely distributed. Participants come from different countries including some that are made by filmmakers from the State of Washington.

This year’s festival runs from February 1 to 10, 2013 at the Magic Lantern Theater and The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. Other than the film screenings, filmSpokane International Film Festival buffs will enjoy the Film Forum where filmmakers and actors can meet the audience and discuss about the film. There are also film receptions prior and after the festival. These are open to the public but you have to have tickets to the screenings to get a pass.

Opening receptions will be held at the Simply Dance Studio on February 1 while the closing party will be at the Community Building which is also the venue for the SpIFF Awards 2013 ceremony. The event is organized by the Contemporary Arts Alliance of Spokane, Washington State.

Museum of Flight’s Annual Hops & Props

Seattle, WashingtonHops & Props at Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flights is a major attraction in Seattle, Washington where scholars and enthusiasts alike can enjoy one of America’s largest collections of air and space artifacts. The annual Hops & Props is a beer tasting event featuring the finest beer from Washington State’s breweries. Proceeds will help fund the preservation and acquisition of artifacts.

Passes to the event treats you to live music, beer tasting tour, and access to the galleries. The 11th Hops & Props will be held on February 23, 2013.