Lavender Festival: Why You Should Go

Every summer, photos from the South of France start to flood the internet. The world rushes to see the lavender bloom and visitors jump at the chance to take a photo among the fields of what some call ‘blue gold’. But what if you can’t make it to Provence to see the fields for yourself? Think you’re out of luck? Think again! We discovered our very own lavender farm about 45 minutes away from our home here in Southern California. Not only were we overjoyed to discover we could visit the farm, but even better, there was a lavender festival in the summer! It was amazing! If you love lavender, I highly recommend visiting a lavender festival for yourself!

Lavender Festival: When to go

Lavender blooms in the summer, and the lavender festival at 123 Farm is open at the beginning of the lavender season. This is so that they have time after the end of the festival to harvest the lavender while it is still in the proper state to be used for essential oils. To check the schedule for the current year’s festival, check out the 123 Farm website.

This year, the festival was extended an additional weekend until July 6th, because the bloom for the lavender was late. We went on the last day of the festival and wanted to arrive early, in case it was busy. It was a Saturday and they opened at 10am. We arrived just after opening, and it was perfect. The weather this time of year is warm, and the earlier the better to avoid temps that can reach over 100f.

We wanted to buy tickets online before we arrived to save time in case there was a line. Since we live relatively close by, we decided to opt for the Blue Membership. It was $30 per person (normal adult admission was $15 each), and it included admission to all the other festivals at the farm all year. It also includes parking at those festivals (not the Lavender festival). The factor that really made it worth it for us to do the membership was the food. The pass included one each of: drink ticket, meal ticket, and dessert ticket. Even if we never come back we still came out ahead.

Lavender Festival: What to wear

Considering the season for lavender, I would definitely suggest clothing that is lightweight and not going to make you any warmer than you already will be. Lavender grows in dry, warm climates, and the festival is in the summer, so use that as your guide.

The roads on the property are gravel, so take that into consideration when choosing your outfits, shoes especially.

I opted for a distinctly Provence-inspired look. Long, flowing wrap skirt, a white cotton eyelet blouse, a straw bag, straw hat and flat sandals. You can see all the details here. I also put together some of my favorite lavender-festival ready looks in one place where you can shop them easily.

Lavender Festival: What to bring

I can’t imagine needing to spend more than four or five hours at the festival, but that’s totally up to you! There is amazing food available for purchase, but if you aren’t planning on eating there, or have dietary restrictions, make sure to bring whatever you need. The farm is not exactly ‘remote’ but there are not easily accessible major grocery stores, etc. nearby. You also wouldn’t want to lose your parking spot by leaving and coming back.

I would suggest bringing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as a bottle of water. Make sure you remember your camera!

Lavender Festival: What to do

The festival had open fields of lavender (and some other types of flowers) open for walking. You can take your time, leisurely strolling, taking photos, and admiring the grounds. There are several different areas where you can explore different types of lavender plants, including white lavender!

There are demonstrations of how lavender is turned into essential oil, plenty of food and drink options, and live music, which was amazing. There is also a shopping area with locally produced lavender products like honey, oil, soap, and more.

For an additional cost ($12) you can take a tour of the grounds in a carriage with about 10 other people. There is also a horse-drawn option. Tickets for these tours need to be purchased separately, either beforehand (online), or at the festival. They are not included in the price of a standard admission. We didn’t have a lot of time during our visit and since we weren’t sure how long the tours were, we passed. However, we did see them driving around a couple of times and it looked really cool.

Other Lavender Festivals

I know what you’re thinking: I’m not going to France and I don’t live in Southern California. Fret not, dear friend! Here is a list of just some of the other lavender festivals all over the country!

Luvin Lavender, Ohio

Cache Creek Lavender, Rumsey, California

Ojai Lavender Festival, Ojai, California 

U-Pick Lavender Festival, Deer Park, Washington

Want more? Here is a list of lavender farms across the US!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about the lavender festival! We will most certainly be going back next year! I’m also really excited to visit some of the other festivals that happen during the year at 123 Farm.

I also hope you will look into some local adventures near you! As much as I love to travel all over the world, its so nice to find treats like these in your own backyard!

Does your town have any cool festivals that I should check out while traveling? Tell me in the comments! 

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Callie Richards

I'm Callie, a Southern California based body-positive fashion and travel blogger who helps women discover style and travel that FITS their bodies and their lifestyles so they can live their best, most authentic lives! I test and then share the products and experiences that respect diversity and inclusiveness so that you can shop and travel with confidence without all the research!