We love the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival! Last year was especially fun for us, as our good friend Jim “Kiwi” Ferris was the Grand Marshall of the parade and Homer was his chauffeur!
It is always held the 3rd weekend in May, well into spring, usually accompanied by sun and, of course, lots of flowers.
The Rhododendron or “Rhody” Festival began in 1935 when a local named Clive Buttermere started a sensation in motion by persuading Hearst Metronome News to make a newsreel of the prized wild blossoms. He surrounded them with women from the community who were chosen as Royalty to mark the event and add to the aesthetics of the pictures. Since then, the one-day Rhododendron Festival itself has blossomed into an annual 4 day series of events culminating in a Grand Parade on Saturday and a 12K Rhody Run the next morning.