Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a perfect destination for either a day trip or a longer vacation. We are adjacent to I-5, 60 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. You will need a map of the tulip field area to help you navigate as the fields don’t have addresses and their location changes every year due to crop rotation.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a spring Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley of Washington State. It is held annually, April 1 to April 30.

2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events

Tulip Town Children’s Art Table Weekdays during April
2015 Tulip Festival Poster Artist Poster Signing April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26
Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair April 17-19
Used Book Sale-Mount Vernon Library
Skagit Valley Roller Derby
Burlington Scrapbooking Swap Meet April 18
Anacortes Spring Wine Festival April 11
Peoples Bank and Judd & Black Appliance Present The 2015 Gala Celebration March 26, 5:30 to 9 pm
Tulip Days Basketball Tournament March 27-29
Anacortes Quilt Walk
Kids Giant Garage Sale April 4
Tulip Run April 4
Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue April 4-26
Garage Sale, Antiques & More – 23rd Annual Spring Event – April 10 & 11
Anacortes Spring Boat Show April 10-12
Woodfest April 11-12
COUNTRY Financial Tulip Frolic April 11
PACCAR Technical Center Open House April 11; 11 am to 3 pm
Anacortes Arts Festival 2nd Annual “Art in Bloom” Fine Art Exhibition
US Bank Proudly Presents LaConner Kiwanis Parade April 11 at 2pm
Schmooze Fair 2015
Anacortes Arts Festival NEW 5k Color Run
Tulip Pedal – 34th Annual April 18
Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: A Tulip Festival Concert April 18
The Art of Gardening Event April 25-26
Points of Interest View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
Skagit Valley Casino Resort
Seattle Premium Outlets
Lincoln Theatre
Swinomish Casino and Lodge
The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Warren Jewelers
La Conner Sculpture Tour
Eaglemont Golf Course/Fireweed Terrace Restaurant & Lounge
Downtown Burlington Art Walk April 1-30
Art Shows and Galleries View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
River Gallery
Glass Aquarium Art Galley / Mark Eckstrand’s Hot Shop
ART BASH (Farmhouse Restaurant) April 1-26
ART BASH (Front Gallery) Weekends in April
The Shop
Art Gallery at Tulip Town
Art in a Pickle Barn Celebrating 25 Years
Sauk Mountain Pottery
Art at the Schoolhouse
Anacortes Arts Festival
Edison Eye Gallery April 18 – May 3; Open 11am-5pm;Closed Mondays
Travel and Tours View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
Canopy Tours Northwest
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters & Wildlife Tours
WSU Master Gardener Step-On Guides
Bellair Charters and Airporter
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Bellingham Helicopter
Tulip Country Bike Tours
Exclusive Helicopter Field Tours by Sky Flyn’ Helicopter
Shutter Tours April 3-26
SeattleHeliTours.com
Local Foods/Produce View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
Schuh Farms
Golden Glen Creamery
Skagit’s Own Fish Market
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Woolley Market
Jessie’s Berries & More
Forte Artisan Chocolates
Snow Goose Produce
Skagit River Produce
Farms and Nurseries View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
WSU Discovery Garden
Christianson’s Nursery
Skagit Valley Gardens
Azusa Farm and Gardens
RoozenGaarde
South Fork Farms
Tulip Town (Closed — will reopen for fall bulb sales and be back again in April 2015)
Hidden Meadow Ranch
Museums View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
Children’s Museum of Skagit County
Museum of Northwest Art
Heritage Flight Museum
Skagit County Historical Museum
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
Wineries & Breweries View by: Week | Day
Upcoming Events:
North Sound Brewing Co.
Anacortes Brewery and Rockfish Grill
Pasek Cellars Winery
Skagit River Brewing Company
La Conner Brewing Company
Tulip Valley Winery
Bertelsen Winery
Deception Distilling
Glacier Peak Winery
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Carpenter Creek Winery

2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo Contest Sponsored by Columbia Bank

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Here are the complete list of rules for the 2015 contest.

2015 Tulip Ambassador Candidate Applications Now Available

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The KeyBank 2015 Tulip Ambassador Event will be on February 10, 2015 where two child ambassadors will be chosen to represent the Tulip Festival. Students attending fourth or fifth grade in Skagit County are eligible to apply; one boy and one girl will be chosen.

2014 Sponsor Report Now Available

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We’re pleased to share our report to our sponsors, highlighting many of the great events and activities their support allows us to share with our friends and fans. Psst..lots of pics from the Columbia Bank Photo Contest!

 

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2015 dates

April 1 – 30th, 2015

Address of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

In addition, the fiestival map on our website shows locations of all our events and attractions.

You can also pick up a complete Tulip Festival official brochure at these Information Stations:

Tulip Festival Office
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Cascade Mall
Burlington, Washington

Conway: Conway Foods or Skagit River Produce
18707 Main St., Conway, WA 98273 / 19193 SR 534, Mount Vernon, WA 98274.

I-5 Exit 230 (Highway 20): Skagit’s Own Fish Market or Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
18042 SR 20, Burlington, WA 98233 / 900 Andis Rd., Burlington, WA 98233.

All official information stations in the valley are also stocked with the festival brochures.

By Car
The tulips are generally grown in a 10+ mile triangle bordered by Hwy 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish River Channel. The festival is created as a driving tour as many events and attractions are miles apart, scattered throughout the lower Skagit Valley. Come and see the flowers any time you would like — as long as it is daylight! Weekdays are the least crowded times; weekends can be very busy, so we suggest coming early, use State Route 20 to enter the tulip area, and carpool if possible.

Parking Information
Parking is available at designated lots in the Tulip Field area. There is plenty of parking at Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde and it is FREE. Look for the RoozenGaarde logo for other Official Parking areas. These lots are operated by Washington Bulb Company/RoozenGaarde. Parking in official lots is $5 per car; the ticket you receive from the parking attendant will also admit one person to RoozenGaarde on the same day. Private individuals sometimes operate their own lots — fees paid to private parties will not work for admission to RoozenGaarde.

The two display gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, both have free parking adjacent to their facilities.

Roadside parking is limited due to shoulder conditions and traffic safety regulations. Law enforcement officers will issue tickets, so please avoid parking in no parking zones. Our parking plans can sometimes be impacted because of the spring rains when we have to close lots to keep you, our guests, from getting vehicles stuck in the mud.

By Train
Amtrak service runs to Mount Vernon and this can be a very enjoyable way to journey to the festival. Be prepared on arrival to rent a car or engage a taxi to get to the tulip fields as there are no scheduled tours. Monday through Saturday Skagit Transit Route 615 does operate along Mc Lean Rd. If you take this bus, make sure to get on and off at Beaver Marsh Rd. as this is the closest stop to the tulip fields and gardens. You will still be walking a distance to reach your destination.

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Links:

http://www.tulipfestival.org/

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Tulip Tidings

Photographers Alert! the tulips are here and the annual festival photo contest begins

Columbia Bank sponsors the annual photo contest where people can submit photos throughout the festival for a chance to win prizes and recognition. For a complete list of rules, click on the Press tab.

KeyBank Tulip Ambassadors Promote festival in State Capitol

Our two ambassadors, Chloe Cunningham and Graham Rawson, recently visited Olympia promoting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. They presented valley legislators and state officials with tulips and posters, impressing all who they met.

Tulips are showing their colors in the valley – come and see them

The tulips are arriving here in the Skagit Valley and we are ready to welcome visitors who wish to come up before the actual start of the festival. Our office is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm now through April 30. Photo taken 3/20/15 on Calhoun Rd.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The 2 stars are simply for the beauty of the country out there. The vistas are stunning and the flower fields are beautiful.

We decided to drive up today, a sunny April Sunday, from Kirkland. Bad idea. It was a miserable traffic mess. I-5 was rush hour-like traffic for 30 miles before we got off. We took one of the Mt. Vernon exits. What a disaster. We got to a point where both roads that headed towards the road that would take us over the bridge were going absolutely nowhere (we could see the bridge, we just couldn’t get there!). We sat, not moving more than a car length (from a car that turned around) for over an hour. With that amount of traffic, where are the cops and traffic control? It was ridiculous. It got to a point where we realized we were clearly not going anywhere… and bailed.

My husband was ready to chalk it up as a wasted day. I found a rural back road going southbound, and finally hit another main road that would lead towards the fields. The traffic coming the other way (towards the freeway) was stopped for many miles. At this point, it was already past 4pm. Resilient, I kept on. The only problem, we needed a restroom. There wasn’t a single place to stop. I knew turning around wasn’t going to get us anywhere either so we painfully continued to hold it and trucked along.

We came upon a roadside place that had ice cream cones, and from their signs, they also had fruit, veggies and fish. However, the line of people just to get into this place (maybe they had a restroom??) was like Walmart on Black Friday. It was unreal! Clearly, we had to pass and continued.

Several miles later, we found a tulip farm. We also found the police! They were busy ticketing every car parked on the side of the road. What jerks! There were 4 of them going up and down the road, one with a smug grin. They were there just to ticket people looking at the fields. Where were they when this whole area clearly needed police presence and traffic control?

We paid, like most, at a farm lot. Took a few pics and that’s it! There isn’t much to do. You’ve seen one tulip field, you’ve seen them all. I still needed a restroom. Although I generally totally oppose port-o-potties, I got in line. And then a man came out of one and said “well, that was an experience.” I told my family, forget it, we’re out of here!

We went to LaConner and I used a restroom at an Inn. Thank you LaConner channel Lodge!

The sun was going down as we were trying to leave skagit valley. There were still miles long back-ups getting to the freeway. Once we got to the freeway, I-5 south was bumper to bumper traffic at 8-9pm on a Sunday night. We didn’t get home to Kirkland until after 9pm. We left Kirkland at 1:00pm. In total: we had one 45-minute stop for lunch in Marysville, one half-hour to 45min stop at the tulip field, and and another 45 minutes in LaConner to use a restroom and have an ice cream cone. The rest was spent driving.

Prepare yourself if you plan on going. As far a I know, there were no goings-on like a parade or street fair…I cannot even imagine if you go on a weekend like that! Maybe consider staying in town and walking/biking or staying in LaConner.

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I’ve lived in Seattle for many years and for some reason, never made it to the Tulip Festival. This year, I was prepared. I bookmarked the website, monitored blooms, and tracked weather reports. I also decided ahead of time that I would NOT go during the weekend. Good call.

The fam and I headed up there on a gorgeous Tuesday. That’s right, gorgeous! The sun was shining, temperature moderate, and the blue skies made for perfect pictures.

We stopped in Mount Vernon to check out the town and get the touristy maps and such. Oddly enough, we ended up not using them, but instead decided to drive as far as our gas would take us. Some of the farms charge a moderate fee (typically $5) and offer special events. For this trip, we decided that we wouldn’t pay the money and enjoy the free sights instead. It was our first time and we wanted to do some recon.

Honestly, I had a great experience. I love taking pictures and one of my favorite things to shoot are flowers. I found bright, vibrant colors that were perfect. I found hybrids that I had not seen before, ones that lit up with orange, red, and yellow to remind me of a flame. I saw a Seattle tulip that was brilliant yellow with pointed petals and kissed with a bit of red on the outer petals. Sorcery!

We planned fairly well for the trip. We packed plenty of fluids and snacks. We layered our clothes so we would be prepared for whatever the NW threw at us. We wore boots. Best thing ever! My kid kept jumping in leftover mud puddles from a watering. I simply shrugged. Meh.

Share the road with tractors, don’t pick the tulips, and for goodness sake, do the right thing and offer to take a portrait for someone. Everyone wants pictures with the flowers. 🙂

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Even the grass is beautiful here. Verdant, lush green. Vibrant, crisp. Vivid color dripping from juicy tulips of every hue and variety your imagination could possibly conjure.

Gray skies make for an even more striking color contrast. The flowers seem to be simply lit from within. Stretching from the earth to the sky with otherworldly grace and command. This is hardcore tulip on tulip action at it’s finest – as far as the eye can see.

We went on the second to last day of the festival, a busy Sunday. There were tons of people, I’m sure I made it into a plethora of random family photos. We were discouraged to hear from staff that the flowers were past their prime, but a novice like me couldn’t tell. I was captivated by the cultivation of such stunning beauty. A worthwhile trip from anywhere. Even my husband and brother-in-law were pleased they came.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival dates and info

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April 1- 30 in Mt. Vernon Washington

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The Sagit Valley Tulip celebration has been a leading March event since 2006.
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Tulip Tidings

Photographers Alert! the tulips are here and the annual festival photo contest begins
Columbia Bank sponsors the annual photo contest where people can submit photos throughout the festival for a chance to win prizes and recognition. For a complete list of rules, click on the Press tab.
KeyBank Tulip Ambassadors Promote festival in State Capitol
Our two ambassadors, Chloe Cunningham and Graham Rawson, recently visited Olympia promoting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. They presented valley legislators and state officials with tulips and posters, impressing all who they met.
Tulips are showing their colors in the valley – come and see them
The tulips are arriving here in the Skagit Valley and we are ready to welcome visitors who wish to come up before the actual start of the festival. Our office is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm now through April 30. Photo taken 3/20/15 on Calhoun Rd.

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Tulip Festival Tours
Looking for a convenient way to attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival? Have you thought about looking into tulip festival tours? Here we have consolidated a list of tulip festival tours with links to the websites for the most up-to-date tour information. Don’t see a tulip festival tour on the list that you have heard about? Contact us, and we will be sure to add it!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Tours List

Tulip Festival Photography Tours

tulip_festival_photo_contest_2014Each spring the flats of Skagit Valley are alive with the vibrant, multi-colored tapestry of tulips and daffodils. There is really nothing to compare to the sight of (seemingly) endless fields of tulips under the wonderful skies of Skagit County during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Check out Andy Porter’s Tulip Festival Gallery and join Andy for the tulip festival photography tours!

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours

Cheryl has 7 years experience guiding tours. Noticing a lack of regional tours and very little emphasis on the local history along with the exceptional natural beauty, she decided it was time to share and Cheryl’s Northwest Tours was born.

A native Washingtonian, Cheryl fully embraces the Northwest. It is obvious in the company’s creative regional tours that everyone on the team shares her enthusiasm for Northwest history and local heritage. You’ll notice the difference in their tours as you get a true inside look at the Pacific Northwest.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours offers Skagit Valley Tulip Festival tours every year. Check out her website for the latest tour information. Their tulip festival tours are usually every Saturday in April featuring the highlights of the festival.

Recreation Without Borders

tulip_festival_tours_rwbRecreation Without Borders (RWB) was started in late 2009 by Lauren and John Woodmansee after seeing the need for affordable recreation opportunities in Northwest Washington. RWB is an adventure-based business offering one-day trips up to week-long tours. A wide variety of programs are available throughout the year. Groups are kept small for a more enjoyable and enriching experience.

Incorporating over 50 years of Parks and Recreation experience, as well as a personal passion for travel, athletics and education, we offer something unique, fun, affordable and safe for everyone.

RWB offers a wide variety of 4, 6 and 8-hour tulip festival tours throughout the month of April.

Shutter Tours out of Seattle

tulip_festival_tours_shutterFor those of you coming from the Seattle area, they offer a downtown hotel pickup for free. They also offer pickups at local Park and Rides for those of you who live in the Seattle area. If you would like to take the train from downtown Seattle, they offer a pickup option at the Stanwood train station.

From their website – here are the tulip festival tours for 2014:

Mt. Vernon Tulip Fields
Our tour begins in our comfortable 14 passenger mini coach in the small Scandinavian town of Stanwood, Washington. We journey through scenic farmlands and across the Skagit River with Mount Baker as a backdrop. Our first destination will be the tulip fields in Mt. Vernon Washington. Here we will spend time at pre-selected vantage points to help you get the best photo based on the current light and colors of the tulip and daffodil fields.

Roozen Gaarde
We then visit the beautiful flower gardens at Roozen Gaarde, owned by the Roozen family – bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700s. Growing in their display Garden you will have the opportunity to photograph 90+ tulip varieties in addition to many more varieties of daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, iris, & specialty flowers. Planted just behind the garden is a 15-acre tulip field filled with seemingly endless rows of color. Don’t forget to pick up their free catalog where you can buy over 140 varieties of bulbs. Shutter Tours includes the admission fee to this garden as part of your tour price.

La Conner, Washington
Avoiding the large, mid-day crowds at the gardens we then set out to historic waterfront village of La Conner, Washington. This picturesque town was voted both the “Most Romantic Getaway” and “The best town to capture the Northwest spirit”. Here you will have time to shop at many of the interesting stores including a glass blowing studio, The Woodworking Merchant, and enjoy a meal at one of the many award wining restaurants.

Tulip Town
Tulip Town is a perfect place to stop after lunch with a wonderful indoor display, art gallery and and multi colored fields that explode with colors. The fields planted here have alternating colors about every ten rows to make your afternoon one you will not forget.

Tulip Valley Winery & Ice Cream
Of course a tulip tour is not complete until one has tasted the wine at Tulip Valley Winery. With a nice art gallery and wonderful wines to taste, this stop is sure to be a favorite.
Working our way back through the tulip fields, our last stop is Snowgoose Produce, famous for their “Immodest Ice Cream Cones” along with jams, produce and flowers.

Snow Geese
Along the way we might have the opportunity to stop and see the Snow Geese as they make their way back towards Canada for the summer. This is a sight in itself and we’ll be sure to scout ahead of time to see where the geese might be.

Seattle Helitours

Tulip Festival Tours depart from the Farmhouse Inn and from a waterfront dock in La Conner.

San Juan Airlines (formerly Northwest Sky Ferry) – Tulip Festival Tour From the Air!

skagit_valley_tulip_festival_flight_toursBecause the festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one “site” that you go to for your visit, an aerial tour is a perfect way to see all the fields with none of the traffic. The farmers of Skagit Valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the hundreds of acres of blooming flowers are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley.

For more tours happening during the Tulip Festival, check out the Tulip Festival brochure.

Tulip deTour – 2015 New!
Join our intimate luxury touring coach excursions from Sedro Woolley, beginning at the NEW Shambala Farm Bistro & Bakery. This year conveniently enjoy an informative, escorted scenic byway route around Skagit Valley to enter the Tulip Festival from the back door! Avoid frustration and congestion, enjoy special photo ops, and learn from forty years of Tulip experience, the inner workings of this historic festival, Tulip Lore and Valley Anecdotes!
“A month long event that keeps the fields full of blooming examples of gardening expertise.” in 33 reviews
Sarah K.

I never knew a Tulip Festival existed in Washington and Tulips are one of my favorite flowers!” in 24 reviews

“Skagit Valley is home to 1000+ acres of Skagit Valley tulip, daffodil, and iris fields.” in 10 reviews

 

tulip_tour_2015Shambala Bistro provides your gourmet Gluten-FREE Vegetarian lunch, served aside endless blooms while you EXPLORE AND SHOP flower varieties and bulb options at the famed Roozengaarde Family Estate(admissions included). Finish your extensive Valley Fringe Tour and farm byway adventure with a visit to Bow Hill Blueberry Farm for blueberry oaty-shortcake w/Ice Cream for the Big Finish!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Planning Guide
Plan Your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Trip!

We know what it’s like when you’re planning a trip – there is so much to figure out! We’ve made it easy for you to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year; we’ve done a lot of the research for you so you’ll have most of the information you need right at your fingertips.

 

Stop reading reviews, just go visit. Bad traffic, yes. So plan ahead.

Only feed back for the Festival organizers, it’d be great to have scheduled guided tours on the different types, history, planting methodology and economics of this flower.

 

skagit_valley_tulip_festival_plan_tripWhether you’re looking for lodging accommodations, deciding where to eat, putting together an afternoon of shopping or making plans to visit our 3 nationally-recognized museums while taking in the tulips, you’ll find what you need below for a perfect Skagit Valley Tulip Festival trip. You will also soon discover why La Conner is one of the best getaway destinations in Washington state before, during and after the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

To start, let’s get you acquainted with La Conner and how to get around. Getting to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is easy as we are located between Seattle and Vancouver BC. Granted, we’re not very big, but having a La Conner map (along with your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival bloom map) to get your bearings is always helpful.

Now that you know a bit more about us and the tulips, let’s get you started on the fun side of La Conner and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

How freaking many business pages are there for the Tulip Festival? Can we get some consolidation here, admins? Good grief.

We came opening day of the season this year. Didn’t encounter any traffic, and parking’s free. At $5 per person to get in, it’s a pleasant walk.

If you bring kids, make them wear goloshes or boots. It’s MUDDY and you’ve got other little ones jumping around in puddles, getting all the others riled up, and wanting to do nothing more than splash about, kicking dirt and brown water everywhere. Oh, to be young again and have the only thing to cry about being that Mommy wouldn’t let you get any more dirty than you already were. My 2-year-old niece would see another puddle and veer off to run through it and get so upset when we’d try to direct her away.

Anyway, yeah, lots of flowers. Rows upon rows of vibrant blossoms in the field. They make for pretty pictures, especially with the barns and kites in the background. There are rules against entering the walking into the rows. You’ll still see people entering them for pictures, anyway. Oh well.

One thing that was sort of odd was the fact that my sister-in-law and niece kept getting approached for pictures by strangers. Older men were following them throughout the fields waiting to proposition Sara for a picture with her daughter in front of the tulips. It was starting to get creepy when two different guys asked for pictures in different places around the fairgrounds, and no, Sara and her daughter weren’t wearing costumes or anything of the like. This is out of the festival’s control, so I’m not faulting them for it.

Other displays at the festival included windmills, miniature Dutch villages, and vases of tulips. This one cottage had a Mexican flag flying on the pole beside it with a sign reading it’s to represent their gratitude toward the “Hispanic Crew” who maintain the fields.

While I’m not that into flowers (or paying to look at them, for that matter), it was a worthwhile walk with the family.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival LODGING

We know what it’s like when you’re looking for lodging accommodations and you’re just not sure where to stay during the tulip festival– especially if you’re planning a getaway to a new destination community like La Conner. We’re extremely proud of our lodging establishments – they are absolute experts at making your stay extra special. They know that when you find the time to take a trip, you want to be well taken care of during your visit, and they’ll make sure that happens. From quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns and Lodging, to our historically significant hotel, our condos and our rental homes, we have a wide variety of lodging options to choose from in the heart of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival SHOPPING

There’s a reason why La Conner is one of Washington State’s most-loved getaways … and much of it has to do with our retail corridor on both Morris and First Streets. You’ll find an amazing array of specialty shops … most of which have a long list of regular customers who come back again and again to see what’s new, to indulge themselves a little, or to buy gifts for their families and friends. From fine art to fine arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind clothing, woodworking, home décor, collectibles personal care products, stunning antiques, gorgeous jewelry and Italian pottery, our shopkeepers work hard to bring you items that you’ll not find in any mall, or any big-box store…..and of course…plenty of official Skagit Valley Tulip Festival gifts and freshly cut tulips.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival FOOD & DRINK

You probably know that La Conner is a wonderful community to visit – and you may know that our shopping opportunities and museums are top-notch. But … did you know that in La Conner you can get a fabulous meal that rivals what you’d find in the city? Our restaurants serve the freshest of local ingredients – from seafood to produce to organic meats, cheeses and breads – turning what could be a good meal into a great meal! Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, a delicious pastry and latte, lunch for the family or a romantic dinner for two during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, you’ll find wonderful options in La Conner.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ART, HISTORY & CULTURE

It goes without saying that La Conner is a historically significant town in Washington State history – our land has been inhabited by several Native American tribes for thousands of years and the town of La Conner was established in the mid-1800’s. Many of our buildings and residential homes are original; having been lovingly restored over the years, today they are often photographed by Skagit Valley Tulip Festival visitors who love their charm and appeal. We’re also well-respected as an artistically significant town as well; in the mid-1930’s Morris Graves and Guy Anderson first established themselves as artists-in-residence, to be joined later by artists such as Richard Gilkey, and Barbara and Clayton James. We’re home to three significant museums and their ongoing exhibits – The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum. The La Conner Institute of Performing arts brings in amazing musicians every year, and the Swinomish people are experiencing a revitalization of the cultural traditions, exemplified by the Cedar Hat Pavilions across the channel. Be sure to plan on visiting the museums during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Skagit_Valley_Tulip_Festival_Planning_GuideSkagit Valley Tulip Festival Events & Exhibits

Throughout our website you’ll find all kinds of information – our 101 Things To Do list, along with our detailed and up-to-date calendar of events and our Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Blog will give you lots of ideas for interesting and fun things to do while you’re here for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival … you can also stop by our Visitor Information Center at 511 Morris Street and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. We will have plenty of Tulip Festival maps for you along with the latest on the tulip bloom updates.

Got a question before you visit the tulip festival? Give us a call at 360-466-4778 or 888-642-9284.

40 Responses to Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Planning Guide
Tracy:
March 16, 2015 at 11:49 am
Are we allowed to walk through the fields rather than just drive by them?
skagitmarketing:
March 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm
You can walk through the display gardens at Tulip Town and Roozengaarde but not in the fields themselves.
Sandy Anderson:
March 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm
With the weather warming up so early this year will the flowers bloom earlier than usual?
skagitmarketing:
March 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm
Yes the blooms will be early – please check out our feature on the Tulip Festival that includes a link to the bloom map which is updated daily.
http://www.lovelaconner.com/laconner-blog/skagit-valley-tulip-festival-2015-blooms-will-be-early/
Gabriel:
October 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm
….when is the best viewing time (April 2015) for tulip festival,…where couple from Los Angeles
Love La Conner:
October 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm
The tulips always depend on the weather, so predicting the best time can sometimes be difficult. Usually the second or third week of April is a great time to visit, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April.
Robin Catherall:
December 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm
Hi I’m interested in attending the Tulip Festival in 2015, yet I don’t see anything on-line with details about this event. I understand it occurs during the entire month of April, but do you have any information (website??) regarding the events planned for 2015? With 5 months to go it would be nice to begin preparations.
Love La Conner:
December 2, 2014 at 11:38 am
The Official Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April – but mother nature dictates when the tulips will actually bloom… In La Conner the Annual Tulip Frolic & Parade will take place Saturday April 11th.
The Tulip Festival website is: http://www.tulipfestival.org
We will start posting information and links to the http://www.lovelaconner.com website in February.

Thanks!
kendall:
April 21, 2014 at 11:16 am
Hi, I was looking forward to visiting the festival this year to see the tulips, I know it ends the end of April but I’m hearing some of the flowers might be cut soon, what days would you recommend also factoring the weather?
Love La Conner:
April 21, 2014 at 11:23 am
The sooner the better, it seems the peak of bloom was last week.
There are still plenty of fields to see as well as display gardens.
Keep an eye on the “bloom map” for a current update on the status of the fields: http://www.tulips.com/bloommap.cfm
Maulik:
April 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm
Hi
We are planning to visit over May 2-4th. Would the flowers still be in bloom at that time?
Love La Conner:
April 21, 2014 at 9:47 am
There is a very good chance that most of the fields will be cut by then, there still may be blooms at the display gardens at Tulip Town.
Please keep an eye on the “bloom map” to keep track of the fields:
http://www.tulips.com/bloommap.cfm
Shadlee:
April 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm
Hi,

I’m planning to come down and do a day trip this coming Wednesday to view the tulip fields. I’m coming down from Vancouver BC. Can you please tell me the easiest bus route to the location? thnaks.
Love La Conner:
April 21, 2014 at 9:44 am
There aren’t any specific bus routes to the tulip fields – Skagit Transit runs through Mount Vernon and La Conner. Please check out the attached link; there are some tours of the fields that you may be able to connect with:
http://www.visitskagitvalley.com/tulip-festival-tours/

History of the Skagit Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was officially inaugurated in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors Jerry Diggerness and Joan Houchen saw that people were coming by the thousands to view the tulips and, through a retreat, decided to add events and festivities to enhance the visitors’ trip to the Skagit Valley. In 1994 the Tulip Festival broke off from the Chamber of Commerce and became an entity of its own.

From humble beginnings, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival grew. It moved from 3 days to 10, then 17 and now, for the past 5+ years, to 30 days. The expansion to 30 days was to ensure that the huge fields of tulips grown in Skagit Valley would actually bloom sometime during the festival, since a shorter festival sometime missed the blooming of the fields.

Today the festival boasts an amazing assortment of events — art shows, gala celebrations, concerts, tours of local shellfish and cheese operations and an open house at PACCAR. Two signature events have grown along with the festival –the Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair and the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue – fundraisers for both organizations that have proven highly successful. There are lots of physical activities associated with the festival as well – a run, 20- 40- and 60-mile bike rides, and a youth basketball tournament.
Lynette:
We are planning to visit the tulip fields this Saturday. I understand that there can be a lot of traffic getting to and from the fields. is it possible to ride our bikes and are there bike paths along the fields? thank you.
Love La Conner:
The tulip fields are very bike friendly, there aren’t any official bike paths but many bicyclists ride through the area. You could park in La Conner and bike!
we have Skagit Cnty bike maps at our visitor center – 511 Morris St.
delshannon:
Do you think we are allowed to bring your tulip bulbs back Canada? I plan to buy some during my visit there. Thanks!
Love La Conner Cook:
The only information that I can find is that cut flowers may be inspected. Bulbs not allowed.
Laura Sproul:
Hello,
We are planning on coming up this weekend and wanted to know if this is dog friendly?
Thank you,
Laura
Love La Conner:
April 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Dogs are not allowed in the tulip fields, when I visited Tulip Town last week I saw many signs that stated that.
Check out our website for bloom map updates and a list of tulip festival events:
http://www.lovelaconner.com/laconner-blog/skagit-valley-tulip-festival-2014/
Mindy:
April 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm
I’m thinking of flying my father out to see the tulips but he wouldn’t be able to come until April 26th. Do you think some tulips would still be in bloom? And would it still be worth a plane ticket?
Thanks so much!!!
Love La Conner:
April 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Because the weather warmed up last week, the tulips are at peak bloom this week. I assume some fields will be cut by the 26th.
There will still be tulip festival activities and the show fields to view. You can see a bloom map on our website:
vel:
April 10, 2014 at 8:01 am
directions please from vancouver bc canada
Love La Conner:
April 10, 2014 at 10:16 am
I-5 South to Exit 230 (Highway 20), head West and turn left on La Conner – Whitney Road.
Nancy Myers:
April 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm
We’re driving over on a Saturday from the Seattle area. Are there any tips for avoiding long lines and traffic congestion?
Love La Conner:
April 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm
I believe that if the weather is nice it will be hard to avoid traffic but there are 3 ways to get to the tulips:
Conway (Exit 221) head West on the Conway-Fir Island Rd, follow the tulip route signs
Mount Vernon at Kincaid St (exit 226), take Hwy 536, follow tulip route signs
Anacortes Exit to Hwy 20 (exit 230), follow tulip route signs
Enjoy your trip to the Skagit Valley!

You have to go here in the springtime!

If you’re looking for a little bit of a drive to see something spectacular, jump in the car and head up to the Skagit Valley tulip festival. I drove all the way from Lacey up to Mount Vernon to catch a glimpse of the wonderful tulips. I’ve never seen so many tulips in one place (except in Holland, MI). And there are so many wonderful colors and combinations of colors. You are guaranteed to take at least 100 photos and it’s a perfect place to take your wedding photos or maybe your invitation card photos.

Since it took a while for me to get up to Mt. Vernon, I only got to see the tulips at Roozengaarde and didn’t get a chance to go to Tulip Town.

Roozengaarde is actually open all but three days of the year, so if you can’t make it to the tulip festival, you can still buy tulips and garden supplies year round. Roozengaarde is available online and ships flowers all over the world. yelp.com/biz/roozengaard…

Honestly, just seeing Roozengaarde was good enough for me. The entrance fee was only $5 with free parking. I KNOWWWWW! Only $5 per person. It’s a really cheap way to enjoy nature and get some wonderful photos. It’s 1000 acres of blooms and then there is the 3 acres Show Garden across the street. The show garden displays a lot more of the specialty tulips and different varieties. They also have the Roozengaarde store and a big set up for the purchase of food and beverages, just in case you have the munchies while you’re scouting the grounds.

The $5 entrance fee also gets you entrance to the Show Garden as previously mentioned and a separate part of Roozengaarde that is just a short drive down the road from the main garden. I mentioned that the parking is free. There are some guys that will ask from money for you to park inside the gates, but you can just park on the street for free and it’s really not that far to walk. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you get there.

I would definitely go again, because it’s just so dang pretty. Check out all the photos, get some ideas, bring your kids, spend a little money and head on home with content.

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - Mount Vernon, WA, United States
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - Mount Vernon, WA, United States

Skagit Valley farms more tulips in the world than anywhere else, including Holland! That will put in your mind how big the farms are here! Skip the farms that charge admission and go drive around to the farms that are free to view. Every tulip color you can think of, along with daffodils, will be aplenty.

There will be tulips as tall as your waist in some areas!

Bring cash if you want to buy flowers. Tulips like it really cold so store them in your car with the A/C cranked on till you can put them in water. Tulips and daffodils will kill each other off, so don’t place them in the same vase.

Stay away from driving on a weekend if you can. Traffic can be brutal. Dogs aren’t allowed. Wear your mud boots and bring your camera! Be careful where you park because the traffic cops will be out like crazy.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Purple tulips for acres and acres. – Mount Vernon, WA, United States
Purple tulips for acres and acres.
Bonny:
April 1, 2014 at 10:00 am
We have loved the tulip fields for years. We now take care of my elderly mother-in-law. Are any display gardens “wheelchair friendly/accessible”?
Love La Conner:
April 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Roozengaarde’s display garden is gravel & grass – it is wheelchair accessible but better for a chair with wide wheels. Tulip Town has an outdoor and indoor display garden and looks to be accessible too. Enjoy your visit!
Diana:
March 19, 2014 at 10:28 am
Are we able to photograph near the flowers? Or go in the fields at all? It looks stunning!
Love La Conner:
March 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm
Diana, Yes the tulips are beautiful! You can take photos in the fields at Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. Keep in mind you will have to pay for parking $5.00.
Enjoy!

Pretty sure it’d be hard as hell to not rate this 5 stars, let’s be real. I mean, just look at the…
Kelsey Rodriguez:
February 13, 2014 at 11:23 am
Hi,

I have 2 young children (ages 3 and 1.) Is the tulip festival kid friendly? Are there activities or events for children?

Thanks,
Kelsey
Love La Conner:
February 14, 2014 at 10:18 am
Thanks for the great question! We are working on a blog post about that very topic – it will be on the website sometime next week. In the meantime, check out http://www.lovelaconner.com/laconner-blog/skagit-valley-tulip-festival-2014/
skagitmarketing:
March 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm
Check out the guest post for tulip festival kids activities – 2014:
http://www.lovelaconner.com/laconner-blog/tulip-festival-activities-for-kids-2014/
Love La Conner:
January 13, 2014 at 8:50 am
Aloha to you! The tulips bloom in April. In March you will be able to see the daffodil fields. Use the link to the “bloom map” in the post above to see what is blooming as it gets closer to the date. Thank you!
Sheri:
January 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Aloha,
We will be in Washington in March, and my daughter wants to see the Tulip farms, We will drive up there on March 22. Will there be any Tulips to see yet. I hope so. let me know.
Thanks,
Sheri
skagitmarketing:
January 8, 2014 at 8:48 am
Kim – Tulip Festival events start on the first of April. However, check the Bloom Map (link above) to see exactly when and what is blooming in regards to tulips. The daffodils are also beautiful and bloom in March.
Kimberly Wambles:
January 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm
When does the Tulip Festival usually start? Thanks!!
Love La Conner:
January 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm
Hi Kimberly,

That’s a great question! The Tulip Festival is officially the entire month of April. Check back often for information about the best viewing times. Thanks for asking.

-LoveLaConner-
Julie:
February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Thank you for this great guide! I can’t wait for spring, tulips and La Conner!
Love La Conner:
February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm
You are welcome. Let us know if we missed anything or if you have any questions!

 

This relaxed, educational Tulip Festival Experience will provide memories to share, using our custom-designed back country routes avoiding the cumbersome navigation of chocker-block inner city traffic! Max 2 people for each BIG picture window affording LOTS of photo opportunities while driving, + at our pre-planned specialty photo stops~

 

 

 

2014 Skagit Valley Tulip festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

skagit_valley_tulip_festival_2014La Conner is ready for your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014 visit. There are all sorts of tulip festival events, art exhibits and happenings while you’re here including the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014 Parade! Below we’ve provided a list of tulip festival events going on in and around La Conner – from wine tastings to wellness workshops and from live music to art exhibits. For details on each tulip festival event or exhibit, visit our online calendar. Take a look below and on our tulip festival event and exhibit list, and then plan your trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014!

Are you ready to start planning your tulip festival visit now? If so, we’ve put together a terrific Planning Guide to get you started! You’ll find information on lodging, shopping, dining and arts and culture … everything you’ll need to make your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival trip special! Link to the Bloom Map to see up to the most current field reports.

And remember – La Conner is a terrific location for a getaway vacation any time of the year! Plan your return visit to La Conner, and come see us again.

Skagit Valley Festival 2014 & April Events / Happenings

1-30 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Check Bloom Map for Exact Fields in Bloom – Check the Tulip Festival Calendar for events all around Skagit Valley.

2-6 Level 1 Color Studies, Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

5 4th Annual Historic Home Tour in Skagit Valley

5 Painting with Glass – Ann Hardee Gallery, 3pm-7pm

11-13 Surface Design w. Natural Dyes Workshop, Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

12 Luke Branford, COR Cellars – Hellam’s Vineyard, 1pm-6pm

12 Tulip Frolic sponsored by Country Financial – Gilkey Square, 10am-3pm

12 29th Annual Not-So-Impromptu Parade – Downtown La Conner, 2pm

19 Jeff Miller, Grape Expectations – Hellam’s Vineyard, 1pm-6pm

20 Easter Egg Hunt – Pioneer Park

26 Anto Lin Cellars – Hellam’s Vineyard, 1pm-6pm

Ongoing Exhibits, Classes & Events

La Conner Sculpture Tour, Ongoing

Skagit Valley Historical Museum

Extra! Extra! Skagit Valley Historical Museum, February 1 – April 6
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Suzanis and Crazy Quilts, March 26 – June 29
Made by Hand, Marianne Burr, March 26 – June 29
Museum of Northwest Art

John Cole; A Historical Perspective, March 22-June 15
Shapes of Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, March 22-June 15
Lucy Mae Martin: Hands On, March 22-June 15
Gallery Cygnus

Eve and Lanny Bergner Exhibit, April 4 – May 18

Skagit Valley history and info

Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. We depend on a strong volunteer base to keep our office up and running and to put on our festival activities. This year Skagit Valley Senior Village has stepped up to sponsor our Volunteer program which logged nearly 1,400 hours in 2014.

Our festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one “site” that you go to for your visit. The fields of tulips are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley as are the many events and activities that comprise the festival. The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town and the fields are different each year due to crop rotation. Both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town also have displays of tulips in gardens for visitors to view and photograph. We hope you enjoy taking in one of the many events and activities that happen only during April.

As the festival continues on its journey – now for 32 years – we welcome people from across the United States and from around the world. The beauty of the flowers truly transcends differences, bringing cultures, ages and diverse lifestyles together to marvel at nature’s creation. In 2014 we were proud to greet visitors from all 50 states and from 85 foreign countries.

We hope you enjoy our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SkagitValleyTulipFestival) and add your own favorite photos there. We continue to refine our brochure to give our fans the printed information they need to fully enjoy their trip to Skagit Valley. If you want a printed version rather than an electronic copy, click on the brochure tab and enter the appropriate information.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy your stay.
History
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was officially inaugurated in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors Jerry Diggerness and Joan Houchen saw that people were coming by the thousands to view the tulips and, through a retreat, decided to add events and festivities to enhance the visitors’ trip to the Skagit Valley. In 1994 the Tulip Festival became a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors. I 2002 it completed the separation from the Chamber, moving to its own offices.

Staff
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has a year-round staff who work to make sure the festival is a success each year. The festival office is in downtown Mount Vernon, WA at 311 W Kincaid Street. It is open all 30 days of April from 9 am to 5 pm. The rest of the year (May thru March) we work to have the office staffed Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, except for Federal holidays; you will often find us here at other hours as well. Besides obtaining information you can purchase Official Merchandise items at the office, including t-shirts, mugs, magnets, posters and coasters.

Sponsors
Businesses and groups large and small support the festival through sponsorships ranging from $275 to $5500. These sponsorship dollars are vital to the successful operation of the festival. Please take the time to look over these businesses and drop by for a visit when you come here to the festival. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival, please give Sponsorship Coordinator David Johnson a call at 360-428-5959.

Poster Artists
Each year tulip fans are treated to a new Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster — always different from the last — with a fresh rendition of what the tulips are all about. Some are pastoral scenes, others feature cats and birds, and some have featured children along with the flowers. No matter what, the poster art says “Skagit Valley.”

Designers
Showcasing the grace and beauty of the tulip — the star of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival — is a challenge that artists, graphic designers and webmasters find daunting each year. Yet they accomplish their goal, creating products for our hundreds of thousands of tulip fans to use.

Board of Directors
An all volunteer Board of Directors governs the nonprofit corporation that makes the Tulip Festival become a reality each spring. The Executive Board is made up of a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and immediate past president. There are eight board members serving rotating three-year terms. In addition the board has created two permanent positions for the valley’s tulip growers and three advisory positions to help with official merchandise, legal matters and insurance concerns.

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