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Fairyfest returns with an exciting lineup of family-friendly activities for a weekend that is sure to be magical! Don't miss some of our best-loved festivities while exploring the gardens in what is sure to be an enchanting start to summer!

At the start of FairyFest, local Muckleshoot artist and painter Coyote will be opening Lakewold's next featured exhibit, "Coyote Rising from the Ashes."

Throughout the weekend, guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite fairy house hiding among the flowers and ferns in the gardens. The house-builder with the most votes will win a free Lakewold Gardens membership for a year! Want to throw your hat in the ring? Build your own fairy house before the festival to have it displayed in the gardens during FairyFest. Scroll below for details on how to participate!

Other fanciful diversions include:

  • Special stations where aspiring fairies can build their very own fairy wings and fairy houses along with a fairy-themed scavenger hunt!
  • Painting with Kate returns to teach fairy watchers and admirers how to paint fairies on canvas (scroll down to download fairy coloring pages!)
  • Javoen Byrd of Awodi Drumming will be returning with his drums to offer an interactive drumming and storytelling experience and
  • We're so excited to have dancers from the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (TUPAC) returning to perform as well!
  • Reservations for garden tours can be here on the ticketing page as an "add-on" to your FairyFest ticket purchase.

You can expect to see some new and returning vendors where you can find a new treasure for yourself or a special someone. If you’ve been missing a little sparkle in your life, or you’re the parent of an undercover fairy ready to take flight, don’t miss out on FairyFest this June. All that’s required is a little imagination and a pinch of pixie dust!

*If you are a Lakewold Gardens Member you will still need to buy tickets to this special event.*

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Opening Weekend of "Coyote Rising from the Ashes" Art Exhibit

  • Vote for your favorite fairy house! Build your own fairy house ahead of time and have it displayed in the gardens during Fairyfest! You could win a year's membership to Lakewold Gardens membership for a year! See details below.
  • Make your own fairy wings
  • Learn to build a fairy house
  • Fairy scavenger hunt: Find the 10 fairies hidden around the gardens!
  • Fairy painting with Kate

SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH

regular FairyFest activities with

Yoruba Drumming and Storytelling | 12 PM - 1 PM @ the Tea House

Javoen Byrd joined us at Lakewold Gardens to film this instructional African drumming lesson with stories from the Yoruba culture. Click below to view the video, and if you have a drum lying around, grab it and follow along!

SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH

regular FairyFest activities with

TUPAC Dance Performance | 12 PM - 1 PM

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Woodwind Quartet | 3 PM - 4 PM

✾ HOW TO ENTER THE FAIRY HOUSE COMPETITION FOR FAIRYFEST ✾

Grab a companion or fellow fairy guardian and build a fairy home! Entrants in the Fairy House Competition get to have their houses on display during the weekend of FairyFest at Lakewold Gardens. Festival-goers will vote for their favorite fairy house and 1st place wins a Friend's & Family membership, books & activities for the whole family, and a $50 gift card you can use for plants or anything in the Lakewold shop!

Start searching any natural landscape for supplies. Does your fairy live on the green forest floor, or do they prefer a creekside dwelling? Do they love to brighten their rooftops with colorful leaves or are mosses what makes this fairy house Home Sweet Home?

Remember, fairies love nature, so make your fairy house as natural as possible!

Fairy House Building Instructions

  1. Gather your materials! Look around a yard or green space for natural elements to build your house with. Consider branches, moss, pinecones, leaves, shells, and vines. Small stones, pebbles, and flowers will also work. What other materials will you add?
  2. It’s time to build your fairy house! You can build it freehand, or choose a structure to affix your materials to. If you would like to keep your fairy house outside, this structure should be made out of wood, or something waterproof. Ideas: consider using an old birdhouse, watering can, or flowerpot. You may need a small hammer and nails, a hot glue gun, wood glue, or simply some white glue. Consider your materials and use your best judgment. Safety first!
  3. Once your house is completed, capture your creation with a well-lit photo. Send your photo to contest@lakewoldgardens.org and we’ll post your entry on our website! Make sure to include a compelling name and description of for your fairy house, like “Manfred’s Mushroom Manor,” or “Diana’s Daffodil Dwelling.”

And don’t forget to share the names and ages of each builder on your team! Please, do not submit commercial or plastic kits or any sort of copyrighted imagery. We want to see what your imagination comes up with!

4. We would love to have your submission on-site during FairyFest! During Fairyfest we will be placing the houses around Lakewold for visitors to enjoy. Visitors will vote for their favorite fairy house and one lucky house will win a one-year membership to Lakewold Gardens, which will be announced at the close of FairyFest once all votes are counted. Drop off your creations at the Admissions Office from now until June 24th, anytime we are open to the public.

 

We can't wait to see what you create!

Happy Fairy House Building!

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Fairyfest Coloring Pages by Kate Cendejas Thun:

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Mailing Address | Post Office Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496

Phone | 253-584-4106

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