The summer months in Portland, Oregon bring out all the local residents. Music festivals, art walks, the Rose Festival, Cinco De Mayo—all of these highly publicized and populated events build community and add to the myriad of reasons to call Portland home.
One such event that may not be as well-known or as popular is the annual Lavender Festival. But that does not mean it is not spectacular.
The Lavender Festival is not a location, it’s a destination. Like the Mt. Tabor Art Walk which allows you into the homes and studios of local artists, the Lavender festival grants you access to the places where these flowers naturally bloom. In the middle Each July, thousands of flower lovers from all over the great Pacific Northwest descend upon the countryside and visit many of the over two dozen lavender farms in the area. These purple flowers decorate the countryside with delicate beauty and an indescribable aroma. It’s a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy work week and enjoy some peace and quiet in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
From nearly every destination, a field of purple flowers paves an endless pathway that finishes with the majestic Mt. Hood in the distance, jutting its snowcapped peak into the crystal clear blue sky of Oregon in July.
But, it’s not just looking at flowers. You can do that anytime. This is not the simple flower sniffing and viewing of the International Rose Test Garden. The Lavender Festival offers, at many of the locations, demonstrations on caring for lavender. Some have music, food, games, and gift shops. After enjoying the gentle beauty of these purple delicacies, visit one of these gift shops and purchase some lavender lotions, soaps, or shampoos. Lavender is not just pretty to look at; it’s good for the skin and smells amazing.
Whether you live downtown, in the suburbs or on the outskirts of town, there is a location near you. If you want to do something different from the norm, if you want to enjoy quiet majesty and simply see more of the wonderful area surrounding Portland, Oregon, stop by and check out some of the lavender festival destinations… and make it a yearly event! It’s free and fun for all… and just one more reason why living in Portland, Oregon is so wonderful.