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Guide to NW Lavender Festivals

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The Northwest has the ideal climate for growing lavender. This versatile, sweet smelling herb can be used for flower arrangements, cooking, perfumes, oils, and teas. It is a hardy NW plant that comes in many varieties and attracts butterflies to the garden. Hop in the car and celebrate lavender at one of these long standing festivals!

Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival
Saturday and Sunday
July 7 and 8
The City Park
First Street and Calispel Avenue
Newport, WA 99156
http://www.povlavenderfestival.com

This family-friendly festival includes high quality art, artisans and growers in a lovely park setting. The event features a wine and micro-brew garden, culinary delights, live music by regional musicians, children’s art activities and locally grown and crafted lavender products in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere. You are invited to come and experience the lavender in peak bloom, shop the more than 75 booths of local artists, artisans and growers, and enjoy the open-air marketplace.

Blue Willow Lavender Festival
Friday and Saturday
July 13 and 14
10615 Wright Bliss Rd Kp N
Gig Harbor, WA 98329
253.225.9030
http://www.bluewillowlavenderfarm.com

See one and a half gorgeous acres of lavender on a fifteen acre farm located on the beautiful Key Peninsula of western Washington, just west of Gig Harbor. You’ll find lavender products, demonstrations, kids’ activities, live music, art, and lavender tours during this family fun event.

Sequim Lavender Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 20, 21 and 22
Sequim, WA 98382
http://www.lavenderfestival.com

With free parking, free admission and shuttle service, there’s no reason not to head to Sequim, the ‘Lavender Capital of North America’ for their 16th annual Lavender Festival. You can take a map and enjoy a self-guided tour of large and small lavender farms in the area. Lavender themed gifts, u-pick lavender and fresh cut bouquets will be available for purchase.

In Sequim, you’ll find the most community-spirited Lavender Festival Street Fair on Fir Street. Enjoy three days of continuous musical entertainment and Sequim lavender brought to you by the local growers. The street fair includes artists, jewelers, photographers and “craftsmiths” showcasing their products for purchase. Plus a custom car show for the weekend!

San Juan Island Lavender Festival
Saturday and Sunday
July 21 and 22
10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
http://www.pelindabalavender.com

Head to Orcas Island in the San Juans for self-guided, FREE tours and exhibits. See lavender go from field to finished product. Plus, the Cutting Field is open for visitors to harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom. There will be live cooking demonstrations, massages with lavender oil, and more. Enjoy the Craft Tent in the fields! Both adults and children can make beautiful wands, wreaths and crowns and more. Try lavender lemonade and iced tea and other lavender treats. Live music all weekend long, plus free parking.

Be sure to stop by the Art Fair in Downtown Friday Harbor after your visit to the festival to enjoy original art and meet local artists.

Hood River Lavender Daze
Saturday and Sunday
July 21 and 22
Hood River Lavender
3801 Straight Hill Road
Hood River, OR 97031
888.LAV.FARM
http://www.lavenderfarms.net

It’s the 8th annual Hood River Lavender Daze! Offering free parking and free admission, bring the family for u-pick lavender, food vendors, wine tasting, kids’ activities, a ladybug release party, lavender crafts and more. Plus live music all weekend long and special speaker Sarah Bader, NW lavender expert, will talk about Lavender cultivars, promote her new book and offer some lavender cultivars for sale.

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