July 19 and 20 is the Splash of Summer Color weekend, a time for everyone to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, the fine art and crafts at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair and special guests, the Lummi Indian Artists.
The lavender festival is at Pelindaba Lavender Farm where visitors may choose among a variety of workshops, docent-led tours of lavish organic fields and the production center, or sample foods like lavender chocolate and vanilla ice cream and drinks made in the Pelindaba kitchen. Craft workshops welcome adults and children. Visit the Gatehouse with more than 130 handcrafted products. The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., both days.
The Summer Arts Fair is on Court Street in Friday Harbor and features local and regional artists, selling their works in a juried show. Music, children’s activities, art demonstrations, a Chalk it Up Sidewalk art contest and the Fire Department Pancake Breakfast plus food court add to the weekend. The time of the arts fair is 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Many of the finest Lummi Indian artisans are joining the arts fair, selling their art and demonstrating traditional techniques as well as storytelling and dancing. The Summer Arts Fair is sponsored by Islanders Bank, Printonyx, the Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and Chandler’s Square of Anacortes.
Admission to all events is free.