The gorgeous Imlay City Lavender Festival, which occurs at Indigo Lavender Farms in Imlay City, Michigan, is the perfect place to enjoy all things lavender. From fragrant and refreshing lavender lemonade, lavender cookies, and other lavender flavored foods to lavender beauty products, jewelry, and even bundles of freshly picked lavender, this is the best place to find lavender based products. The lavender festival’s 150+ artisan market and food trucks mean there’s something lavender flavored, scented, or colored for everyone.
Imlay City Lavender Festival
Location: Imlay City, Michigan
Address: 195 Midway St.
Imlay City, Michigan 48444
Date: July 11th -13th, 2019
Rain or Shine
Cost: $5 Admission, $10 per Lavender Bouquet
Parking: Free Parking
Events: 150+ Artisan Market, Lavender Food & Drinks, U-Pick Lavender
Live Music, Lavender Yoga, Painting Classes, Classes & DIYs
& much more
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We skipped the long lines at the artisan market. We headed straight to the beautiful French lavender fields of Indigo Lavender Farms to enjoy the fields before the crowds arrived at the Imlay City Lavender Festival. There’s a free shuttle that constantly takes people back and forth between the lavender fields and the food and market areas. Admission to the vast fields is only $5 per person, and it includes access to food trucks, crafts, classes, and lavender-themed events, as well as the 23 acres of beautiful, fully blooming lavender fields. For an additional $10, visitors can pick roughly 150 stems of lavender or as much as can fit into a wristband-sized sheath. The festival provides scissors, and entrants are free to roam the lavender fields as they see fit. With a wristband, visitors can come and go as they please, heading between the market and the fields.
It was a beautiful summer day, and the Imlay City Lavender Festival was the second lavender festival we visited that day. We were thoroughly disappointed by the first “festival” we attended, which was much more expensive, and featured a whopping 30-40 lavender plants, all of which were droopy. Each was roughly the size of cantaloupe over at “Blake’s Lavender Festival.” I recommend skipping the other “festival” and heading straight to the original Imlay City Lavender Festival. I wish we would’ve saved ourselves about $30 and an hour wandering around in the hot sun at the other so-called festival and spent more time enjoying the actual festivities.
Other events at the inlay City Lavender Festival include yoga in the lavender, live musical performances, cooking classes, a massive artisan market, lavender-themed painting and art classes, gardening advice, and beautiful handcrafted lavender food and drinks, in addition to the aforementioned enormous market. We loved walking through the fields, enjoying the heady scent of fresh lavender and the sound of honey bees buzzing happily from blossom to blossom. The property does have several honey bees on the property, but they didn’t come anywhere near us and minded their own business. So, even if you’re allergic to bees, I wouldn’t be concerned if you look where you’re cutting lavender and leave the little cuties to their work.
If you’re interested in camping, there’s even the option to “glamp” amongst the lavender fields. There’s so much to do, from classes to self-guided fun and shopping, that I can’t imagine someone coming here and not having a wonderful time. If you love flowers as much as I do, I highly recommend visiting this gorgeous event and enjoying the lavender for yourself.
I took home a massive bouquet of the fragrant French lavender, which I’ll be using to create lavender lemonade, lavender sugar scrubs, and lavender tea. Keep an eye on my website for recipes and ideas on how to use this fragrant, soothing bloom around the home and in cooking and body care.
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