The Summer Arts Fair is the largest and longest-running in the islands. Held the 11th and 12th of July, we block off Court Street with rows of white tents where local artists show and sell their wares. Buy pottery, textiles, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, soaps, furniture, hammocks and so much more – all directly from the artist.
Island Rec leads the always-anticipated Chalk It Up event, where kids of all ages decorate the courthouse sidewalks! Bonnie’s Creative Passions has a children’s crafts tent where kids can make all kinds of fun summer souvenirs. Food and a fabulous musical lineup complete the day with lively marimba, country, folk, local rock n roll. Sponsored by The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce.
The 12th annual Lavender Festival happens at the beautiful Pelindaba fields.Tours and exhibits survey the entire process – from field to finished product. The fields are open for strolling, relaxing and breathtaking photo ops. The Cutting Field is open for visitors to harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom. The Craft Tent is open all day long in the fields for adults and children to make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more. Be sure to enter the coloring contest! The Lavender Lemonade and Lavender Iced Tea and Coffee are always big hits – not to mention their Lavender Cookies! Island-style picnic lunches will be available all day long in the fields.
Be sure to top off your picnic with our ever popular Lavender Ice Cream!
There is plenty to do at the festival:
- Stroll through our organically certified fields.
- Browse the over 240 lavender products handcrafted on the farm at the lovely Gatehouse Farm Store.
- Explore the Demonstration Garden where they cultivate over 50 different varieties of lavender.
- Educate yourself at the Visitor Center which features multi-media exhibits covering the history of the farm, lavender cultivation, processing of essential oil, and the many roles that lavender has played in cultures throughout the world. Audio Tours of the farm are also available.
- Experience the Craft Workshop where you can make your own beautiful lavender crafts.
- Harvest your own organic lavender bouquets in the Cutting Field.
- Select some lavender plants to take home for your own garden from the Nursery.
- Listen to music wafting through the fields
- Watch chef demos showing you how to incorporate lavender into uniquely tasty dishes. Anna Maria de Freitas, owner of Coho Restaurant will make an appearance again this year; her demonstrations are always over-the-top, with lots of tasty samples. Join her at 12:30 and 2 p.m. each day.
Be sure to bring your sunscreen and camera! Please note, pets and smoking are only allowed in the grounds outside of our organically certified fields.
Admission: Free; parking is also free
Date & Time: July 18 & 19, 10am – 5pm
Location: Pelindaba Lavender Farm,
Parade begins at 10:30 at the top of Spring Street; runs approximately 30 minutes. Fourth of July Parade and Pig War Picnic are quintessential small town Americana. The parade starts at 10:30 am at the corner of Spring and Price Streets, and proceeds down Spring St to First, where it ends. It’s followed by an old-fashioned community picnic at the San Juan Historical Museum grounds around 11:15 when the parade is over, complete with pie-eating contest, cake walk, kids games and barbecue. Here you can enjoy a Kiwanis-sponsored burger while four local bands entertain you, all for only $5. Music follows at the Port of Friday Harbor, and the festive day is topped off with fireworks over the harbor, beginning somewhere between 10:00 & 10:30, when it finally gets dark. All events are free.
Friday Harbor Art Market (FHAM) – 3-7pm
Friday Harbor Art Market Starts June 19
The third year of the Friday Harbor Art Market will be on Fridays, from 3-7pm, starting June 19, 2014. The Art Market will continue to be held outdoors on the Brickworks Plaza on Sunshine Alley until September 04. The Art Market provides a great venue for artists and musicians and an additional fun, family experience for tourists and island residents and their guests.
There will be several artist booths each week with a variety of local art for sale: pottery, jewelry, photographs, clothing, sculpture, textiles, paintings, soaps, woodwork, and more. There will also be a little food and live music throughout the afternoon. For more information, contact Debbie Pigman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360 472-0216.
A self-guided tour of 12 working studios with over 31 participants. We are a group of mutually supportive San Juan Island artists who open up our personal studio spaces, often including artistic gardens, to the public for an entire weekend at the end of spring each year. This free community event celebrates the way we work and live. In addition to displaying our work, including sculpture, jewelry, pottery, printmaking, glass, fiber and fine art, we share insights into how our art is created and what inspires and motivates us in our chosen media. For more information.