2016 Events: Southwest Cascade

Packwood Mountain Festival and Fun Run

Flea MarketPackwood, Wash.

April 29-May 1, 2015 | whitepasscountrymuseum.org

For three days at the end of April and beginning of May, the Packwood Mountain Festival descends on the small East Lewis County town of Packwood.

The three-day event includes the annual Fun Run, which this year occurs on May 1. Runners can choose from a 5K and a 10K course. Younger attendees can test their mettle on a 1K run.

Events include live music, crafts for kids, demonstrations and an American Indian drumming ceremony.

Packwood Flea Market

Flea MarketPackwood, Wash.

May 27-May 30, Sept. 2-5 | packwoodfleamarket.com

Bargain shoppers and treasure hunters migrate to the picturesque Packwood community nestled at the foot of the Cascades in order to experience one of two flea markets each year.

The events draw thousands of people as vendors line U.S. Highway 12 and surrounding streets.

There are attractions for everyone ranging from children to seniors.

The offerings are endless, and it takes more than a day to see it all.

Fortunately, both the Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend feature three full days of the flea market.

Packwood Summer Road Run

life a and e 100624 car showCowlitz River Lodge, 13069 US-12, Packwood

June 30-31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | seibercountry.com/psrr.html

Packwood’s streets bustle with excitement during this annual dislay of automotive supremacy in Packwood. All models, makes and years are welcome, and more than 35 awards will be provided. The weekend event features meet and greet Friday at the Cowlitz River Lodge.

The main event begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and culminates with a Poker Run Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

White Pass Winter Carnival

STANDALONE: Winter CarnivalWhite Pass Ski Area

First weekend in March | www.skiwhitepass.com

White Pass Ski Area, 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park and 22 miles from Packwood, celebrates the winter season with a family-friendly Winter Carnival. Held the first weekend of every March, the carnival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family, including an interactive snow castle, outdoor games, snow sport competitions, a torchlight parade and colorful fireworks (Source: Visit Rainier).