Sequim Lavender Festival
You know it’s time for the Lavender Festival when the Sequim Valley is transformed by its beautiful lavender blooms. Imagine walking in rolling fields of brilliant purple, the warm sun on your face and the scent of lavender on the breeze. The fertile valley is like a watercolor painting of lush greens and deep amethyst, with snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s no wonder that Sequim is called the Provence of the Pacific Northwest. With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to believe you are in Southern France.
This year marks the 21st annual Lavender Festival. The festival’s modest beginnings grew from restoring old dairy pastures with lavender fields in 1995. The lavender farms were the perfect crop for Sequim’s climate and are more sustainable, since they require little water. The first Lavender Festival was a very small, local affair that included only eight lavender farms. Today, there are approximately 40 lavender farms that grow 110,000 plants each year. The 2016 Lavender Festival had visitors from across the US and 55 countries around the world.
Festival Street Fair
The Lavender Festival is a weekend long party, full of fun activities, shopping, and dining. The 21st annual Lavender Festival in 2017 will be held on July 21, 22 and 23. Plan ahead to get the most from your experience.
The downtown Sequim Street Fair has many of the Lavender Festival experiences packed into a few blocks. A convenient shuttle bus is available at parking locations shown on the events map. The street fair includes craft booths, a food court, live music, and a street dance. Shopping choices are plentiful and the craft booths include over 150 talented artisan and lavender vendors. Treat yourself to the fragrant lavender oils, soaps, or lotions. Discover a treasure among the selection of jewelry, photography, pottery and other art for sale. Also sample some lavender ice cream at the food court after enjoying delicious Pacific Northwest or international cuisine. There will be live music all three days of the festival with styles ranging from rock, funk, folk, country, bluegrass and jazz. Join the lively street dance from 7 to 9 PM on Saturday evening.
Lavender Farms Tours
Visiting the many charming lavender farms is a must. Each farm offers their own special experience. Most offer unique lavender products such as oil, candles, and soaps. Some farms let you stroll through the fields and pick your own lavender bouquets, or take a few varieties of lavender plants home to grow in your own garden. While other farms offer parties with live music, food and craft vendors. Most farms have free admission but some charge a modest fee. Check the event map for fees and information. Here are a few farms to check out:
- B&B Family Farm – Escape the crowds on this 12 acre farms with a nearly century old barn full of drying lavender.
- Lost Mountain Lavender Farm – This farm has over 120 lavender varieties, and many fun activities including photos with their llamas.
- Victor’s Lavender Farm – Here you can enjoy workshops, food, beer and wine, and on Friday night they host a barn dance.
- Purple Haze Lavender – Join the “Purple Haze Daze” party with live music, an extensive gourmet menu, beer, wine and cocktails (including lavender margaritas).
- Washington Lavender Festival – Take in the ocean views from this 5 acre farm that includes the charming George Washington Inn.
- Jardin du Soleil Farm – A great farm for kids with its petting zoo, pony carts and the only camel ride at the Lavender Festival.
If you can’t make the Sequim Lavender Festival, the first weekend in August is the Tour de Lavender cycling event. There are two rides; the Fun Ride is for all ages and abilities while the Metric Century ride is more challenging. These biking events include tours of 8 wonderful lavender farms. After taking in all the scents, tastes and views from the Sequim Valley you will want browse our listings for a your own piece of Provence in the Pacific Northwest.