Category Archives: Festivals

Hwy 112 Scenic Byway, Festivals and a Great Sale

Highway 112 Scenic Byway along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a must drive for visitors to Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Recently a blog post by Road Trippers' "Roads and Rides - Your guide to the best drives, coolest cars, and all things motoring", covered a trip along this Scenic Byway to the special places of Neah Bay and Cape Flattery, the most NW point in the contiguous USA - and stops
Hwy 112 map

Hwy 112 map

along the way.  The blog has 14 gorgeous photos, a map and generally great descriptions and ideas for following HWY 112. Check out this cool video before heading out. It highlights some of the best of the best along Hwy 112. Two exciting activities coming up on the highway are: Joyce Blackberry Daze, Saturday, August 6 and the Great Strait Sale on Saturday, September 10.
Joyce Blackberry Daze

Joyce Blackberry Daze

Celebrating the End of Summer

Not ready for summer festivities to be over yet? Here's this weekend's Trip Idea: Sept 10-13: Live your fantasy at Forever Twilight in Forks. Remember that registration is now open to have your books signed by Author Stephenie Meyer. Yes, THE Stephenie Meyer IN PERSON! The Olympic Coven of vampires will be in the area as well as two actors from the Twilight Saga films Erik Odem and Booboo Stewart. Sept 11-13: Indulge in old-world charm of Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival. Enjoy live music, great food and drink, and of course stunning examples of wooden boats at the most inspiring wooden boat event in the world. Sept 12: Visit the Great Strait Sale on Hwy 112. It's a 61-mile long flea market on the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway. Watch for whales as they've been spotted cruising the Strait this week. Sept 6-13: Be inspired by artists during the 3rd Annual Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Competition. Hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, the competition features 27 talented painters who will be capturing the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park all weekend. This is going to be one of the most exciting weekends on the Olympic Peninsula. Join us in our celebration as we say goodbye to summer!

Sequim Lavender Weekend – Coming Up

Sequim Lavender Field! Courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

LAVENDER! Photo Courtesy of Sequim Lavender Farmers Association

You step out of your car, take in the beauty of your surroundings, inhale the fresh, sweet aroma and you know you’ve arrived in Sequim for the largest lavender celebration in the country. Sequim Lavender Weekend July 18 – 20, 2014 is home to the Sequim Lavender Festival® and the Sequim Lavender Farm Tour and Fair. The weekend is packed with events for all members of the family.
people dancing at street fair

Boogie your socks off! Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Farmers Association

The Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair is a high-energy event in the heart of downtown featuring quality arts and crafts, hand-crafted lavender products, kid friendly activities, live music and, food galore.
street fair vendors and visitors

Crafts Fair! Fun for all! Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

Across town at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park and Water Reuse Site, is the Lavender Arts & Crafts Fair in the Park featuring lavender booths, hand-made crafts, community organizations, beautiful gardens, music and more food! All in a lovely relaxed setting. And then there are the lavender farms! Lavender growers and farmers welcome guests encouraging them to take in the beauty, scent, and total experience of this wonderful herb.
Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm. Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

The Heritage Farm Tour features five iconic lavender farms each with a festival in action.  The farms offer educational workshops and demonstrations, crafts, food and beverages, live entertainment and more.  Busses are available to Purple Haze Lavender only. Admission is required for this farm tour. The Sequim Lavender Festival Farm Tour features six lavender farms and one commercial nursery for guests to experience.  Bring your camera and a picnic and enjoy the uniqueness of each farm.  Admission is free. A quilt show, art shows, live theater, farmer’s market, evening concerts, and cruises are just of few of the additional events taking place throughout the Sequim-Dungeness Valley during the weekend.  You’ll want to plan plenty of time to take it all in. There is a convenient shuttle bus that runs throughout the City of Sequim to take guest to events in the City. This bus does not go to any farms.
girl in lavender field

Lavender Fields Forever! Photo courtesy of Barbara Hanna

To find out more about Sequim Lavender Weekend, visit www.visitsunnysequim.com, download a copy of the Official Event Map, and begin planning your trip to North America’s premier lavender celebration.

Sequim Irrigation Festival – A True Reflection of Community Spirit

For 119 years, the community of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley has come together the first week of May to celebrate the opening of the irrigation ditches that changed the valley from an arid prairie into fertile farm lands.

Irrigation Festival Logging Show

Irrigation Festival Logging Show

The Sequim Irrigation Festival is the longest running continuous festival in the state of Washington. This year the event is taking place May 2 through May 11 with two action packed weekends. There is truly something for everyone with parades, a carnival, logging show, strongman competition, art shows, street fair, and so much more. You can see the complete schedule of events at www.IrrigationFestival.com But what’s so remarkable about this festival is not only that it is a really fun and exciting week.  What’s most remarkable is the fact that the festival is organized solely by a group of dedicated volunteers and supported by local businesses that make it happen year after year.  This type of commitment is not new to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley community.  It is exactly how the irrigation ditches got built in the first place. In 1895, D.R. Callen convinced other local visionaries that water from the bottom of the Dungeness River could run uphill and be brought to the valley.  The Sequim Prairie Ditch Company was incorporated in November of 1895 and the pioneers worked all winter to build the irrigation ditch and flume.  Everyone helped.  The men dug the ditch, women cooked for the workers, and even the children helped by carrying water, running errands, and stomping clay into gravel. On May 1, 1896, the first impromptu festival took place when families gathered from all over the valley, and as far away as the cities of Port Angeles and Port Townsend.  Everyone brought more than enough food to feed the crowd as they anxiously awaited the flowing water.  After an opening glitch, the water flowed into the flume and made its way into the dusty ditch.  The irrigation water turned the valley into farmable land and began a sustainable industry that would support families for generations.  As you drive through Sequim and the Dungeness Valley today, you will see the irrigation systems still at work supporting farms of organic vegetables, grains, berries, and dairy cattle. Join us for the 119th Sequim Irrigation Festival and capture the true community spirit of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley “Where Water is Wealth.” To learn more about Sequim go to www.visitsunnysequim.com