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Festivals and Events

APRIL

Rainfest. A celebration of arts and crafts, highlighted by a quilt show and inspired by the huge annual rainfall of 100-plus inches, takes place mid-April in downtown Forks. 360/374–2531 or 800/443–6757.

MAY

Irrigation Festival. For more than 100 years, the people have Sequim have been celebrating the irrigation ditches that brought life-giving water here. Highlights of the nine-day festival include a beauty pageant, logging demonstrations, arts and crafts, classic car show, strongman competition, parades, and a picnic. www.irrigationfestival.com.

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. Port Angeles comes alive each May with four days of music, dance, and theater from around the world, as well as children's programs. 360/457–5411. www.jffa.org.

JUNE–AUGUST

Centrum Summer Arts Festival. This summer-long lineup of concerts and workshops is held at Fort Worden State Park, a 19th-century army base near Port Townsend. 360/385–3102. www.centrum.org.

JUNE–SEPTEMBER

Olympic Music Festival. A variety of classical concerts are performed in a renovated barn; picnic on the farm while you listen. 360/732–4800. www.olympicmusicfestival.org.

JULY

Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. A salmon bake, parade, demolition derby, arts and crafts exhibits, kids activities, and plenty of fireworks mark Forks' weekend-long celebration. 360/374–2531 or 800/443–6757. www.forkswa.com.

Sequim Lavender Farm Faire. Held the same weekend as the long-running Sequim Lavender Festival, this newer event features guided farm tours and a free festival in the park. 360/452–6300. sequimlavenderfarmersassociation.org.

Sequim Lavender Festival. Mid-month, a street fair and free self-guided farm tours celebrate Sequim's many fragrant lavender fields. 360/681–3035. www.lavenderfestival.com.

SEPTEMBER

Wooden Boat Festival. Hundreds of antique boats sail into Port Townsend for the weekend; there's also live music, education programs, and demonstrations. 360/385–3628. www.woodenboat.org.

Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella's Birthday Weekend. Author Stephenie Meyer and her popular "Twilight" vampire series (set in Forks) are celebrated annually in mid-September. 360/374–2531 or 800/443–6757. www.forkswa.com.

OCT.

Hickory Shirt/Heritage Days. Forks' pioneer past is the theme of this festival where locals are encouraged to wear their hickory shirts, and activities include a "Fish and Brew" competition. 360/374–2531 or 800/443–6757. www.forkswa.com.

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