An annual celebration of all things lavender held in the beautiful Southern Oregon region, the festival takes place over two weekends, includes various activities for lavender lovers of all ages, and is free to the public. If you’re a fan of this fragrant and versatile herb, attending the Lavender Trail Festival should be at the top of your to-do list.
Taking place each summer, during June and July, when the lavender fields are in full bloom. It is the perfect time to visit the region and take in the stunning vistas of rolling hills covered in rows of fragrant lavender plants. The festival itself is spread out across several locations, with each site offering unique activities and events.
Since opening its gates in 2012 and being only 15 minutes from Historic Downtown Jacksonville, Applegate River Lavender Farm has been the perfect “get outta town” escape. Along with the picturesque field, it’s all happening in the barn: music, events, dinners, classes, and workshops. The sweet fragrance of lavender permeates the barn from drying bundles hanging from the timbers and steam escaping the essential oil.
During the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival, Applegate River Lavender Farm welcomes visitors to cut fresh lavender and visit their farm stand filled with sustainable artisan-made lavender products. During your visit, enjoy music, food, lavender desserts, signature lavender lemonade, and wine poured by local Applegate Valley vintners. Check the website for exact hours, artisan vendors, and special events, such as opening early for visitors to witness “sleeping bumblebees” on the lavender flowers.
Dos Mariposas, which means two butterflies in Spanish, was named for the owner’s girls, Amelia and Adeline, who are becoming lavender experts and love to help in the fields. This multi-generational family farm is lovingly tended to by everyone, including the newest helper, little brother Finley. The tasting room, which is open year-round, features estate wines and hard cider alongside hand-made lavender products. On the farm, you will discover beautiful vineyards, a colorful lavender field, a large pond teeming with wildlife, a giant sandbox, an onsite guesthouse, and stunning mountain views.
During festival weekends, enjoy sipping wine and fresh lavender lemonade, pick a bundle of lavender, and enjoy live music! Food is available in the tasting room. Local food trucks will be on-site for some of the festival days. Check the website for details and the schedule of essential oil distillation demonstrations. Dos Mariposas is family-oriented, and a can’t miss stop along the trail, especially when traveling with kids.
The English Lavender Farm is known for its picturesque landscape with aromatic lavender fields, beautiful hand-made products and authentic British charm. The property features 360-degree mountain views, and in late June and early July, a purple vista of over 6,000 lavender plants is a sight to behold. Its picturesque scenery and beautiful light make for stunning photos, and it is a popular spot for photographers. Additionally, the farm hosts various events throughout the summer months, such as lavender wreath classes, craft fairs, educational workshops, special dinners, and outdoor concerts.
Be sure to check the website for information on festival weekend offerings – live bands play every day, and an additional food truck, wine, and local vendors make for a stunning stop. Visitors can wander through the lavender field, taking in the stunning purple, blue and white hues and the gentle rustling of the lavender plants. Honeybees are plentiful once the lavender blooms and the farm sells delicious lavender honey. They distill lavender essential oil daily in an area where visitors can see it produced, and there is always someone to explain the process. They have a wide range of beautiful products, which are made on the farm and sold in their gift shop. Lavender gelatos, sorbets, shortbread, and famous strawberry lavender lemonade can all be enjoyed on the shady patio.
Goodwin Creek Gardens Farm and Nursery grows what they sell. In the organic greenhouses, see over 125 varieties of lavender and more than 350 other perennial plants, including culinary herbs, plants with traditional medical use, pollinator plants, and permaculture favorite trees and shrubs. Along with the live potted plants, many herbs on the farm are harvested and crafted into teas, tinctures, and other botanical goodies.
During the festival, come check out the large selection of lavender and herbs, stroll the display gardens, and listen to the buzz of the pollinators at work. Offerings included group classes, one-on-one consulting for lavender growing, permaculture design, soil health, regenerative farming, plant propagation, and more. Check the website for details!
Kingfisher Farms is an established agribusiness located along the Applegate River with a focus on growing lavender and cut flowers. In the Spring of 2022, approximately 2500 lavender plants were planted on the farm representing 21 separate varieties. In addition to the lavender fields, the farm contains a large garden of annual and perennial flowers for fresh-cut bouquets available throughout the summer months. Along with the farm-grown products, the farm’s gift shop features a variety of products made by local artisans.
Visitors are welcomed to the farm during the weekends of the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festival. The farm will also be open to the public during the summer months. Check the website for hours of operation. Reservations can also be made to view the farm at other times.
Known for their beauty, charm, grace, resilience, calmness, and elegance – lavender-inspired memories of the farmer’s mother and Lavender Ally Farm was created. The farm started with 3500 lavender plants, spread across 13 varieties of beautiful species. The U-Pick field features all 13 varieties for your culinary or decorative purposes.
During the Festival weekend, bring your picnic and enjoy the beautiful circular field. You can enjoy a brisk walk or sit under the gazebo, watching the buzzing of the bees and carefree butterflies. Lavender Ally Farm is family oriented, so come and enjoy a family fun day with lavender iced tea, lavender lemonade, and lavender ice cream. Check the website for special events, including wreath making, wand making, fresh harvest u- pick bundles, paint and sips, and rock painting.
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Beyond the lavender fields, the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festival provides an excellent opportunity to explore the region’s natural beauty. You can take a leisurely hike through the surrounding forests or enjoy a scenic drive along the Applegate River. The region is also home to wineries, breweries, and culinary wonders.
Attending the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festivals are a fantastic experience for anyone looking for a unique and beautiful celebration of lavender. With stunning views, delicious food, and a vibrant community, the festivals are a must-visit for anyone exploring Southern Oregon in late June and mid-July.