The Northwest has the ideal climate for growing lavender, a versatile, sweet smelling herb that can be used in cooking to make essential oils and teas, in flower arrangements and more. July is the time for lavender in the Northwest, with multiple lavender festivals being held across the region this month. If you like lavender, and fun, be sure to make time in your summer schedule to attend one of these spectacular events.
Sequim Lavender Festival, Sequim, Washington
Every year in July, Sequim hosts one of the most famous lavender festivals in the country. It includes free self-guided tours of the area’s many lavender farms, live entertainment and street dancing, an extensive selection of Olympic Coast and international cuisine, over 150 arts and crafts booths, including many originated, handmade gifts and personal care items that are produced from the Sequim lavender harvest. You’ll discover everything from culinary ingredients, oils and lotions to pet apparel, eye pillows and lavender bouquet, along with some hard-to-find lavender plants.
This year’s Sequim Lavender Festival will be held over July 20, 21 and 22. The Street Fair is located in downtown Sequim, on Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and Third Avenue. Hours for the Street Fair are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Juan Island Lavender Festival, Friday Harbor, Washington
The 16th annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival takes place over the weekend of July 21 and 22 in 2018. The Pelindaba Lavender Farm opens its cutting field for visitors to harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom. There are live demonstrations hosted, including Cooking with Lavender, Cultivating Lavender, Essential Oil Distillation and The Many Uses of Lavender, as well as massages with lavender oil, and lots more. More than 30 local artists will have their work on display and for sale in the fields, while the Craft Tent in the fields offers the chance for both adults and children to create handcrafted wands, wreaths and other beautiful items. Visitors can sample lavender lemonade and iced tea and other lavender treats too.
Hood River Lavender Daze, Hood River, Oregon
Hood River Lavender Daze takes place on a spectacular lavender farm in Hood River, Oregon. The annual festival, which will be held July 21, 2018, features live music, local artisans and craft vendors, activities for the kids, wine tasting, a ladybug release party, u-pick lavender, and lots more. This year, a special speaker and Northwest lavender expert, Sarah Bader, will talk about Lavender cultivars, promote her new book and offer some lavender cultivars for sale.
While you’re here, you can also explore the multitude of wineries that have popped up in the region in recent years, and have breakfast at the Riverside, which overlooks Columbia River. Whether you dine in the dining room, the patio or deck, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the water and the gorge, along with delights like homemade cinnamon rolls, corned beef hash and omelets, blueberry-apple porridge and sinfully delicious stuffed French toast.
Helvetia Lavender Festival, Hillsboro, Oregon
This festival will be held over the weekend of July 6 to 8 in 2018, from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Helvetia Lavender Farm in picturesque Helvetia, a historic Swiss settlement located 30 minutes west of Portland. Featuring all things lavender, visitors can enjoy the aroma of lavender while cutting fresh bouquets, take the kids on a treasure hunt and fishing for live trout for prizes, listen to live music, check out the more than 20 artisan booths and enjoy tea and scones with fresh berries in the pavilion. There are also lavender distillation demonstrations, essential oils, soaps and other lavender products for sale as well as the chance to buy lavender plants and get advice on growing from the experts.
Willamette Valley Lavender Festival, Newberg, Oregon
The Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon will also host of festival on July 14 and 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You’re invited to a place where all things lavender blend with the premier art show of original work painted in the lavender fields of Oregon. Browse or buy distinctive lavender products, dine on lavender-focused cuisine, and check out the plein air art show, and juried art and craft booths while listening to live music and even sipping a glass of local lavender beer or wine.
The Lavender Merchant Lavender Festival, Kuna, Idaho
During The Lavender Merchant‘s Lavender Festival, visitors can come and visit the lavender field in full bloom, pick a bouquet of lavender and enjoy the beauty and perfume and beauty of the captivating herb. The annual festival will be hosted on July 7 and 8 in 2018, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The fields will be open for u-pick, and a variety of lavender products and plants will be featured. Sophie’s Choice Design will be catering lunch for the event, with items like lavender lemonade, lavender desserts and other lavender specialties.