The Lavender Festival in Sequim takes place every third weekend in July and is something you must see when visiting Washington in the Summer months. Walking through the lavender fields will immediately transport you to the French countryside; even the town of Sequim likes to refer to its lavender fields as “America’s Provence”. Aside from the beautiful view, the smell is just as nice! The lavender farms harvest throughout the season so you’ll catch a whiff of the delightful aroma as you walk through the rows of blooming lavender.
Sequim Lavender Weekend
Every year, the city of Sequim hosts a lavender festival for three consecutive days in July. Sequim is a town located on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula and is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, making it a great day trip or weekend getaway destination. The lavender festival consists of special events at the farms, including live music, lavender ice cream, acrobatic shows, and educational tours where you learn about the distilling process and the different uses of lavender. Most farms are free to visit, but there are a handful that charge admission during lavender weekend. The lavender fields are the main attraction, but during this special weekend, there is also a street fair full of local vendors and artisans selling everything from food to art to all kinds of lavender products produced by the lavender growers of the community.
When is Lavender season?
Lavender season on the Olympic Peninsula typically runs from June through September but can vary due to the climate. This year, for example, the lavender farms saw a later bloom that started in late June due to the cooler temperatures and an extended rainy season. Most visitors don’t realize this, but you can actually visit most of the Sequim lavender farms throughout the entire Summer. Most farms are open daily for visitors and have gift shops filled with great lavender items made right from their crops! Another fun lavender event if you live nearby is the Tour de Lavender which takes place in early August. This cycling event takes you through 10 lavender farms, plus part of the route is on the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail full of amazing views.
Top Lavender Farms in Sequim
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through September, this family-run farm has 12 acres of lavender fields that consists of 16 different varieties and over 14,000 plants. They offer free informational tours that last about 20 minutes and explain the distillation process from harvesting to bottling the pure lavender oil. You can also harvest your own lavender bundle and they have a gift shop full of great lavender items made on-site like all-purpose cleaners, chocolates, foot cream, and soaps.
This organic lavender farm is open daily from April through September and is open Friday – Sunday starting in October through December if you’d like to visit their gift shop. This farm has the cutest gift shop of all and it’s filled with lavender goodies and other farmhouse-themed products. Here, you can harvest your own lavender bundle and sit on their gorgeous 10-acre landscaped farm and enjoy the views. Jardin du Soliel also offers a brunch experience in the lavender fields on select weekends during peak season. Be sure to check out their website for special events.
The Washington Lavender Farm is currently only open during the Sequim Lavender Festival. Admission is free for the weekend of the event, and you can visit their gift shop or pay $5 to take an informational tour of the grounds of the adjacent George Washington Inn with stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 2022 was the first year that the grounds were closed off to the public after the transfer to new ownership, but the tour exceeded my expectations. There are a few lavender rows outside of the gates to take pictures of, along with the beautiful poppies lining the entrance to the bed & breakfast and tons of bright wildflowers blooming all over the property. The George Washington Inn is a great place to stay if you missed the lavender festival, but still want to visit this property.
Graymarsh Farm is more than just a lavender farm. It’s mainly a u-pick farm with acres of strawberries, loganberries, raspberries, blackberries, and more. Over the years they’ve added lavender to the property, and you can harvest your own bundle here as well. Graymarsh Farms is open daily and is fun for the whole family!
For even more lavender farms in Sequim, check out our story, Amazing Dog-Friendly Lavender Farms in Sequim.