Save some money, and maybe even make some in gold, at these weekend activities, July 8-10, 2016.

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1. Save your $$ at these free events

Don’t let the “Jultober” weather get you down! There are some fun free outdoor events going on this weekend that you don’t want to  miss. (Plus, if weather forecasts hold up, this weekend won’t be so bad.)

2. Check out these dive bars while you can

Dive bars are an endangered breed here in Seattle, but don’t mourn them just yet — there are still some great dives around town that we can celebrate while they’re still here. Here are some of the more under-appreciated ones, including a bar housed in a series of train cars and another where the fellas of “Deadliest Catch” like to unwind.

Leah Champagne puts out a tray of freshly baked cookies at Seattle’s Columbia City Bakery. The bakery, at 4865 Rainier Ave. S., makes a good side trip for cyclists riding Lake Washington Boulevard on Bicycle Sundays this summer. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

3. Pedal to a bakery near you

If you’re a fan of baked goods and bicycles, you’re in luck — we tracked down five possible bike rides that lead to the warm embrace of freshly-baked bread and pastries. We like to call it the “burn-and-earn” method. And any workout that ends at a bakery is ideal, honestly.

4. Explore international beer

This weekend is a great opportunity for local beer enthusiasts to explore brews from around the world at the Seattle International Beerfest. The event will showcase over 200 beers, with a strong showing from Belgium and Germany, naturally. Entry, including beer tickets, is $25 in advance (or $40, depending on how much you plan to imbibe) and $30 at the door.

Before heading for the riverbank, visitors can get tips on gold-panning techniques at Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, near Baker City, Ore. (Picasa)

5. Pan for gold in Oregon

Feeling lucky? You can try your hand at panning for gold in Oregon’s Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, one of the few places where it’s legal for tourists. Afterwards, head to downtown Baker City nearby to learn more about the region’s gold rush and feel sort of like you’ve been transported back to the 1800s.

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