If you’re like me, you want to get out of dodge once in awhile, but don’t have a huge budget. GO WEST about 15 minutes and you’ll find the cozy and inviting town of Monmouth, home to Western Oregon University. On Saturday, March 31st, the third annual Folklife Festival will be presented by the Dallas Arts Association. Their mission is to, “preserve and promote the cultural and ethnic traditions of the people in the Mid-Willamette Valley through music, dance, exhibits, arts, crafts, and food.” This whole thing sounds delightful to me. From the event: There will be: four stages with live music, performing arts and an area for the kids; a variety of vendors selling quality arts and crafts; fiddle Workshop from 2:30-4:30pm; demonstrations of spinning and blacksmithing; acoustic music jamming area; and of course FOOD will be available, on site. Sounds like the Valley’s version of a little ren fair. There is a full schedule of performers and activities at the event’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PolkCountyFolklife, for it is lengthy, and we have space constraints. There will be storytelling, Japanese taiko drumming, Latino music, Native American flute, Andean folk music and dance, Irish music and dance, and local indie acoustic band Röthaí, with Nathan Myers featuring Rachel Phelps AND MORE. Again, please go to their page, or just plan on going. This is a fun for the whole family thing. So please, go forth and fun with your fam. Deets: General Admission – $10 per person or $5 + 3 cans of food per person. Food donations will go to WOU’s Food Pantry. Children 12 and under FREE. Tickets sold at the door.