Winter will soon be over, and the beginning of March is the perfect time to shake off those winter blues and celebrate the sun at the Sequim Sunshine Festival.
In a typically wet western Washington, Sequim, has an annual rainfall of just 16 inches. It might not always be sunny in Sequim, but the odds are better than anywhere else in the region. And if the sun doesn’t shine, no worries, we’ll help you make your own sun with activities that focus on light, art, physical activity and positive energy for all ages.
Friday night will kick off with the Sequim First Friday Art Walk and a special “Illuminations” exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center. Local galleries and businesses will feature original artwork and many restaurants are offering specials as a part of the festival.
Saturday brings a full day of activities starting with the Rolling Sunshine bicycle ride and the Sun Fun Color Run. Both events are geared for the whole family and are a great way to get energized for the rest of the festival. Cyclists will leave from Carrie Blake Park and travel west on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) and back for an 18-mile trip. Registration for the bicycle event is free and will be available at the park. Helmets are required for all participants. Runners will color up as they progress through the park for the 1K event and continue eastward on the ODT for the 5K event. Registration for the run has a small fee and is open now. Join us back at the park for music and fun before heading off to other events.
A must stop is the Interactive Light Experience at Pioneer Memorial Park. This custom-built, interactive environment blends art and science encouraging visitors to look at light as an artistic design element and the physical properties of light. Art lovers will also want to observe as 3-D chalk artist Naomi Haverland works her magic and creates a custom chalk design for the festival in downtown Sequim.
You’ll find live performances throughout Sequim including an “open jam” session on Saturday afternoon. Bring your acoustic instrument and join in the fun.
Throughout the day, find the symbols of sunshine throughout Sequim and post to social media to earn “glow-bling” for the evening events.
The festival will culminate with a gathering back at Carrie Blake Park to take in the spectacular illuminated drone show produced by the Firefly Drone Show Company.
The evening ends with the Sound Community Bank Beach Party Dinner and Dance, with Black Diamond Junction and special guests Bread and Gravy, and a catered Hawaiian pork loin dinner. Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets. A no-host bar will be available for our 21 and over guests.
While you’re here, be sure to take some time to just explore Sequim’s unique restaurants, shops, and boutiques and soak up the small-town, friendly atmosphere.