Park Itineraries

5 Not-to-Miss Festivals on the Olympic Peninsula

Do you enjoy music, science fiction books, or seafood? Then you won’t want to miss these happening surrounding Olympic National Park.

Annual Razor Clam Digging at Kalaloch Beach

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March through May

Come dig your own clams along a remote beach near Kalaloch Lodge. After an absence, this activity is now back with cooperation from the Washington department of Fish and Wildlife.

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts 

Poster art for the 2019 Juan de Fuca Festival
Courtesy Juan de Fuca Festival


The Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts in Port Angeles is the premiere arts and music event on the North Olympic Peninsula. Held each year over Memorial Day weekend, the four-day festival is scheduled for May 24-27, 2019. The festival includes four major stages and more than 70 performances  Families will particularly enjoy many of the family-friendly performances offered at the festival.

Juan de Fuca Festival
Courtesy Juan de Fuca Festival

With a beautiful setting between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, four days and nights of music, live art performances, a street fair, a vibrant outdoor activity schedule, it’s easy to see why the International Festivals and Events Association considers this event to be “one of the best small-town festivals in the country.”

Sequim Lavender Festival


Every third full weekend in July, people who love the sweet, calming fragrance of lavender gather in Sequim, Wash. to browsr hundreds of hand-crafted gifts and products.

After your lavender-farm tour, head to the food court for lavender-flavored ice cream. Later in the evening waltz away at the street dance.

2020 Dates: July 17-19
(360) 681-3035

Forever Twilight in Forks


An annual celebration honoring Stephenie Meyer and all things related to the Twilight books and movie series.

Sunset on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park
Don’t miss the Rialto Beach hike at sunsetDeposit Photos

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival


Crabfest celebrates the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse bounty – – the seafood, agriculture and maritime traditions, and the breathtaking coastal environment. The Festival is right on the waterfront in Port Angeles, Washington, next to Olympic National Park and just a ferry ride away from Victoria, British Columbia. The Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, takes the spotlight among the 14 restaurants, a live oyster bar, cooking demonstrations, chowder cook-off, Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine tasting, crafts, music, and many more events. Admission is Free.