Sequim’s famous Lavender Festival returns this summer! From July 21 to 23, visit the Lavender Capital of North America and enjoy live music, food, and hundreds of artisan vendors at the iconic street fair. Tour through several participating lavender farms (there are 18 in total!), pick your own lavender, watch demonstrations, and more.
PLUS! Lavender Festival day trips ARE BACK! Book a day trip package to Sequim Lavender Festival from only $89 USD including round trip, walk-on ferry fare, shuttle transportation, and admission to four lavender farms and the street fair.
Not able to make it to Sequim during Lavender Festival? No worries! Most farms are open daily during peak growing season. Visit Sequim's website for more information on each farm's locations and hours.
Read below for everything you need to know to start planning your trip to Sequim this summer!
Street Fair at the Lavender Festival.
History of Lavender in Sequim
Sequim’s lavender fields began their annual blooms in the mid-1990s when the Chamber of Commerce was looking for a crop to preserve the area’s farmlands. To attract and inspire a wide range of visitors, they discovered that lavender would make a thriving crop in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Originally, this led to the planting of five lavender farms throughout the valley. However, the area is now pollinated by almost two dozen lavender farms!
In the rainy Pacific Northwest, the bounty of lavender fields is a curious sight, as lavender plants flourish in sunny and dry environments. However, lavender has thrived as a sustainable crop in Sequim for almost three decades. The crop is successful thanks to the rain shadow created by the Olympic Mountain Range. As one of the driest places in Western Washington, Sequim gets an average annual rainfall of 16 inches. The area is perfectly suited to support lavender plants, their blooms, and all the town’s festivities!
Lavender Giftshop at Purple Haze Lavender Farm.
What’s the Buzz with Lavender?
Beyond the magical sight of bountiful blooms, lavender has many uses and benefits which visitors are encouraged to appreciate and bring home. In several products and forms, lavender has relaxing and soothing properties. Lavender essential oils or lotions can relax sore muscles, encourage a good night’s sleep, or even relieve tension headaches. The fresh scent of lavender is also a pleasant addition to your home and home cleaning products. Additionally, the “power flower” is commonly used to keep infection at bay and reduce inflammation. Lavender’s properties can help take the itching and swelling out of insect bites, bee stings, and sunburns. If you are a gardener yourself, you can learn how to select and grow lavender plants to attract bees as pollinators. Or, you can introduce Sequim lavender as a sweet seasoning to your kitchen, and add it to treats such as cookies, honey, tea, lemonade, or even pancakes.
Highlighting the beauty and benefits of their crops, each farm provides farm tours and activities to introduce visitors to these uses for lavender and much, much more. There are so many reasons to check out Sequim's lavender farms - from tending, picking, arranging, eating, drinking, and learning. Visitors will find beauty and inspiration within each field!
Tour Sequim's Lavender Farms at this Year's Festival!
Sequim’s family-owned lavender farms each have character, charm, and personality of their own, reflecting the aspirations and desires of the owners and their communities. The Sequim Lavender Festival brings together farmers and their businesses, each offering a unique experience of flowering plants, the buzz of honeybees, and the entrancing aroma of lavender. Here are a few Sequim lavender farms to check out this summer.
Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm.
Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm
Located four miles north of Sequim, Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm is a certified organic farm with Victorian gardens, ponds, fruit trees and lavender fields, backdropped by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The over ten-acre farm has thousands of lavender plants, creating a fragrant vista that can’t be missed.
Throughout the summer, you can head to Jardin du Soleil to pick your own lavender bouquets or take home aromatic plants. The farm store also shelves distinctive lavender products that will be sure to enhance your life and home. This farm is not to be missed during Sequim’s annual Lavender Festival, as they go big for this once-a-year celebration!
During the lavender festival, you can expect to see the lavender fields in their full blooming glory, soundtracked by an amazing live music line up. There will also be great local food made by Pacific Pantry, including lavender bratwurst, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and a slow roast pork over braised cabbage, melted sweet onion, apple, and– of course– lavender. There will be local beer, wine, and cider options, as well as several flavors and assortments of ice cream. On the property, you can wander through the garden maze (AKA “Sequim’s best babysitter”) and the You-Cut lavender field. Jardin will be offering essential oil distillation demonstrations, a free photo booth with souvenir photo strips, crafts and games for the whole family, and pop-up aerial, tumbling, juggling, and more!
Visit Jardin du Soleil's website for more information.
Purple Haze Lavender Farm.
Purple Haze Lavender Farm
Featuring a gift shop, summer ice cream and beverage stand, bees, and chickens, this 7-acre farm is a charming stop along your Sequim lavender tour! This farm’s landscape consists of awe-inspiring rows of multicolored lavender and helichrysum, framed by weeping willow trees and both edible and ornamental trees, shrubs, herbs, plants, and flowers. They offer you-pick lavender from mid-June until August, and their gift shop is stocked with their natural culinary and body care products. The ice cream stand, which is open from mid-June to Labor Day, features lavender ice cream and refreshing lavender-inspired beverages.
During Lavender Festival, Purple Haze Lavender Farm offers live music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. You can also rent their Vacation Rental Farmhouse on the property year-round!
Visit Purple Haze Lavender Farm's website for more information.
Lavender Goods from Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain.
Fleuish Lavender of Lost Mountain
Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain is a stunning 3-acre family farm with nearly 100 different varieties of lavender! As visitors enter the farm, they are greeted by the gentle hum of bees busy pollinating the lavender blossoms. The farm boasts rows upon rows of vibrant and aromatic lavender plants.
Beyond the picturesque fields, Fleurish offers a variety of activities and amenities to enhance visitors' experience. The farm features a cozy gift shop where visitors can browse and purchase an array of lavender-infused products, including award-winning essential oils, soaps, candles, and culinary treats. Flerish Lavender Farm's commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship is evident in its farming practices. The owners prioritize organic methods, minimizing the use of pesticides and promotiving biodiversity to support a healthy ecosystem.
Visit Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain's website for more information.
Victor's Lavender Farm. Credit: Victor's Lavender Farm
Victor’s Lavender farm and nursery propagates over 100 unique varieties of lavender. Victor is a world-renowned expert in lavender, and farmers across the globe utilize the farm’s advice and plants. The property is complete with a farm store (an old, converted milking barn!), stocked full of lavender products for people and pets, all of which is handmade right on the farm.
Victor’s farm goes all out during the lavender season, providing workshops, music, food, and entertainment. Join Victor throughout Lavender Festival for free lavender workshops, including a wreath workshop, a wand workshop, an informational plant selection workshop, and a showcase for everyday uses of lavender.
Beyond these informative workshops, Victor’s Lavender Farm packs the weekend with musical performances. The set list brings jazz, blues, and bluegrass performers to the farm. You’re going to want to dance!
For more information, visit Victor's Lavender Farm website.
B&B Family Lavender Farm.
B&B Family Lavender Farm
During the lavender festival, this family owned and operated farm passionately shares the art of lavender with its visitors. Upon visiting the farm, every guest can take a free tour, guided by one of the family members. B&B highlights the processing of their lavender, from seed to shelf. Stroll through the lavender fields and century old barn to see how lavender is planted, why it thrives in the area, and how it is transformed into the many forms through distillation.
The B&B gift shop houses artisanal and handmade lavender products, as well as local art. The farm boasts a laid-back and family friendly atmosphere while welcoming 20-30 thousand visitors every season!
Visit B&B Family Farm's website to receive the latest on their farm and festivities.
Tour de Lavender Cyclists. Credit: Tour de Lavender.
Ride the Tour de Lavender - Saturday, August 5, 2023
If you’re looking for a unique and challenging way to experience Sequim’s purple hues, registration is open for the 2023 Tour de Lavender ride. Ride alongside Sequim’s lavender farms in a one-of-a-kind cycling event! They are offering two ride options this year:
Metric Century: A classic long-distance ride that loops through 8 lavender farms, the backroads of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, the rolling foothills of the Olympic Mountain range, and nearly 30 miles along the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail. This route is open 8am-4pm on Saturday, August 5th.
Fun Ride: A special family-friendly 35-mile loop designed with people of all ages and abilities in mind. It is an easy riding course, running along back roads in the valley and parts of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The route encompasses nine lavender farms, but cyclists can opt out for shorter treks out-and-back to selected farms.
Tour de Lavender is the premier regional cycling event for riders of all ages and levels and is a new and exciting way to experience lavender and adventure on the Olympic Peninsula. Even better, the ride is for a good cause! Since 2013, more that $85,000 in proceeds have been raised for local non-profits.
Visit the Tour de Lavender website for more information and registration!