On the road: Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

WHAT: The 19th annual festival is a celebration of the purple blossom. Touted as the largest lavender event in North America, the three-day show also includes food, entertainment, artists and street fair.

WHEN: July 17-19.

WHERE: In and around Sequim.

FARM TOUR: There are eight stops on the free, self-guided tour. They are Blackberry Forest, Graysmarsh Farm, Nelson’s Duckpond & Lavender Farm, Martha Lane Lavender, Oliver’s Farm, The Lavender Connection, Fat Cat Garden & Gifts and Peninsula Nurseries. The farms will be open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day of the festival. A map is available at the street fair or online.

STREET FAIR: This year’s fair features more than 150 arts-and-crafts booths, spread out on Fir Street between Sequim and Lavender avenues. In addition, there will be booths selling lavender products made by members of the Sequim Lavender Growers Association. There also will be live music throughout the festival, including a street dance from 7-9 p.m. July 18.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: There will be a children’s area, that includes a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, games, challenges and face-painting. The food court will have food and beverages from 15 area locations. It also includes a beer and wine garden that will serve lavender wine, margaritas and martinis.

ADMISSION: Free. Be aware some farms in the area charge admission to visit their locations during the festival.

INFORMATION: lavenderfestival.com.