5 lavender festivals to enjoy in Northern California and Oregon this summer

June and July are peak season for lavender in Northern California and Oregon, where fields fill with the fragrant blooms and farmsteads throw open their gates for floral celebrations. Here are five festivals to explore — plus a bonus.

Lavender Blue Harvest Days: This two-day festival — June 29-30 — at Placerville’s Bluestone Meadow Farm includes make-your-own lavender wreaths, a lavender labyrinth and more.  www.bluestonemeadow.com/.

Helvetia Lavender Festival: This lavender farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley offers a chance to stroll through the gardens, cut lavender bouquets and enjoy live music and food stalls July 5-7 and July 12-14. www.helvetialavenderfarm.com/

Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festival: Several Rogue Valley lavender farms — including Dos Mariposas Vineyards & Lavender and the English Lavender Farm — will celebrate the bloom July 12-14 with lavender lemonade, bouquets and more. https://southernoregonlavendertrail.com/

Santa Rita Hills Lavender Festival: Enjoy lavender lemonade, pizza and other treats at this Lompoc lavender festival on July 13; www.goldenstateapothecary.com

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Willamette Valley Lavender Festival: This annual lavender festival and plein air art show runs July 13-14 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon with art and craft booths, food trucks and lavender-based sips and bites. www.chehalemculturalcenter.org

Matanzas Creek Lavender Fields: This isn’t so much a festival as a series of events that lets you unwind and relax with yoga in the lavender fields at Santa Rosa’s Matanzas Creek Winery from 4 to 6 p.m. July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. www.matanzascreek.com

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