The Sequim lavender festival is a fun-filled weekend that has activities and entertainment for people of all ages.
The little town of Sequim Washington comes alive every summer when the lavender blooms. For the past 22 years, the Sequim Lavender Growers Association hosts a festival and street fair. The event is a celebration of the beginning of the lavender harvest season. Over the years it has grown to be the largest lavender festival in the country. The event is packed with fun activities, food, arts and crafts vendors, music, and more.
(Lavender Buds For Sale)
Sequim Lavender Festival
One of the unique things about the Sequim Lavender Festival is that it isn’t in just one location. It is spread out around the rural areas surrounding Sequim. There is a large street fair in the heart of the city of Sequim, however many of the surrounding farms host their own activities and festivals.
(Buying Lavender Ice Cream)
The festival is so large that if you want to visit all the participating farms and enjoy all the activities they have to offer, you will need more than one day to see it all.
Since Jon and I only had one day to spend at the festival this year, we went to the street fair and then picked a few farms that were in close proximity to each other.
(One of the food vendor booths, this one is making paella)
There is enough going on at the street fair that you could spend most of the day in that one location. However, the best part of the festival is visiting the individual farms. Each farm has its own unique character and charm.
Many of the farms have artisanal vendors, wine tasting, crafts, music, and food.
(Lavender hanging out to dry)
You can join workshops to make lavender wreaths, learn how to distill lavender essential oil, or even join a cooking class.
If you’re bringing your dog, most of the farms are pet-friendly but not all of them. The information center will have a map that outlines all the participating farms and will highlight the farms that allow pets on their property.
(Making a lavender wreath at Victor’s Lavender Farm)
Plan Your Visit in Advance
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you really should plan a trip to the Sequim Lavender Festival one of these summers. Fair warning though. You will want to plan your trip and book your accommodations a few weeks in advance. Campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and hotels book up completely during the festival weekend.
(Bath bombs at a vendor booth)
The lavender season always inspires us to incorporate lavender into our cooking. If you want to try the herbal flavor of lavender in your food, check out some of our recipes with lavender.
Our lavender cake with lavender cream cheese icing is always a hit.
Our Lavender Madeleine Tea Cakes are a perfect treat with an afternoon tea.
These Lacy Lavender Cream Horns are made by filling a thin, crisp cookie with fluffy lavender cream.