Olympic Peninsula Events You Don’t Want to Miss
The Olympic Peninsula has everything you could want: incredible landscapes, a fascinating history, a vast array of wildlife, and gifted artists, not to mention plenty of exciting events to attend! These Olympic Peninsula events, some recurring throughout the year and others just once a year, always do their part to showcase all the region has to offer. Check out a few of the highlights on the Olympic Peninsula events calendar and start planning your trip today!
George Washington’s Birthday Tea
February Join us right here at George Washington Inn each February as we celebrate George Washington’s birthday with afternoon tea. George (and often Martha) even join us for this special event. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Reservations can be made beginning approximately three months prior to the event.
Soroptimist Gala Garden Show
March Soroptimist International of Sequim has a wonderful Gala Garden Show in March of each year. This staple of the Olympic Peninsula events calendar will foster the growth of garden enthusiasts. The 2-day garden show features approximately 60 vendors and the Master Gardener speaker series on both days. A light breakfast and lunch is available. Activities include a raffle of garden items and a silent auction of the art of the featured artist.
Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
April The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching and the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen in this beautiful region. Several field trips are planned to observe birds in various locations including Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and Neah Bay. Evening trips are also scheduled in wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls not seen during the day! Boat trips to Protection Island are part of BirdFest as well. In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. The timing of the Olympic BirdFest is meant to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration. Come bird with us!
Sequim Irrigation Festival
May The Sequim Irrigation Festival is the longest running festival in the state of Washington and is held for ten days in May of each year. The festival celebrates the initiation, development, and support of the irrigation ditches which brought water to the once dry prairies of Sequim. From the crowning of the Irrigation Festival Royalty Court to car shows to the carnival and logging show and the parade, this festival is a great small-town celebration.
North Olympic Discovery Marathon
June The North Olympic Discovery Marathon – a Boston qualifier – actually includes several races: a Marathon Walk, Half Marathon, Olympic Medical Center 5k/10k, Marathon Relay and a Kids Marathon. This weekend-long event is family friendly, so check the website for a full list of activities and celebrations. The event hub is downtown Port Angeles, and all event activities are within walking distance.
July 4 Festivities
July 4 There are a number of exciting July 4 events on the Peninsula, including these annual favorites: 4th of July Boat Parade — Sponsored by the Peninsula Yacht Club. Boats decorated by yacht club members will fill the harbor to entertain spectators and honor our country’s freedom. The procession will be visible from the waterfront downtown, particularly at the Port Angeles City Pier. Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration — Complete with a parade, bands, and a fireworks display, the town of Port Angeles always pulls out all of the stops for this evening celebration in our picturesque waterfront town. For details, including parade routes and band information, visit the town’s event page.
Washington Lavender Festival
July Experience the Sequim Valley’s magnificent oceanfront lavender farm during the Washington Lavender Festival at George Washington Inn and Washington Lavender Farm. The event begins on the second weekend of July with the Lavender Afternoon Tea (Friday through Sunday) and a family-friendly weekend on the farm, and it continues through the third weekend with essential oil distillation demonstrations, workshops, photo ops, kids activities, crafts, food, lavender ice cream and lemonade and more. The event features a colonial atmosphere, swathed in the purple hues of the lavender, reminiscent of George Washington’s era. Don’t forget to make reservations for afternoon tea on the Inn’s enclosed piazza overlooking the water. Check the event website for ticket information.
Hymn Sing by the Sea
July The last Saturday of July at George Washington Inn features the annual Hymn Sing by the Sea focusing on our nation’s rich hymn heritage. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back on the inn’s front lawn and enjoy some beautiful music from George Washington’s day to the present.
Tour de Lavender
August The annual “Tour de Lavender,” of which George Washington Inn is a primary sponsor, celebrates the Olympic Peninsula by offering gorgeous cycle routes around the beautiful lavender farms in the Sequim Dungeness Valley as well as the Olympic Discovery Trail. The two main rides are the Metric Century and the Fun Ride. Metric Century Ride – This classic long-distance ride is co-sponsored by the Sequim Spoke Folk and several other cycling groups from Sequim. Fun Ride to the Sequim Lavender Farms – This very special family cycling tour is designed for families and children of all ages and abilities. Participants can tailor the ride to meet the abilities of their family. For more cycling opportunities on the Olympic Peninsula, visit Olympic Peninsula Cycling.
August – History buffs and festival lovers alike should plan to attend the NW Colonial Festival at the George Washington Inn and Estate in Port Angeles. The festival includes a colonial village, period artisans and a reenactment of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Each year the event draws more than 1,500 people, and revenue from ticket sales goes to charity! Check the festival website to purchase tickets!
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival
October As one of the celebrated staples of local cuisine, the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is the culmination of foodie-oriented Olympic Peninsula events. Crabfest celebrates the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse bounty – the seafood, agriculture and maritime traditions, and the breathtaking coastal environment. The Festival is right on the waterfront in Port Angeles, next to Olympic National Park and just a ferry ride away from Victoria, British Columbia. The Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, takes the spotlight among the 14 restaurants, a live oyster bar, cooking demonstrations, chowder cook-off, Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine tasting, crafts, music, and many more events. Even better, admission is free!
George Washington Inn would love to host you for any of these events! You’ll find that the George Washington Inn is conveniently located and our rooms are beautifully appointed for your adventure to the Pacific Northwest.