Every April, the Skagit Valley explodes with brilliant colors of reds, purples, yellows and pinks during the annual Tulip Festival. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held traditionally each year 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 help us to showcase Skagit Valley agriculture.
The Skagit Valley is about an hour and a half drive north of Seattle Southside. The weather in April is often unpredictable in the Pacific Northwest so come prepared with rain boots and coats as the fields can get muddy. The festival is designed as a driving tour with no one farm designated as an official destination. One of the more popular farms Tulip Town, gets very busy so arrive early to make the most of the trip as finding a parking spot can take some time. The entrance will only accept cash so bring some extra cash with you but inside debit/credit cards are accepted. Both entry for adults is $10 and children age 6 - 11 is $5 on weekdays or weekends. Children 5 and under are free.
Once through the entrance there is a certain fairground aspect with several booths of crafts and sweets to purchase. There are tons of families with small children always waiting in line to get their faces painted or looking at kites in the kite shop. Wading through the chaos can be a little difficult but once you make it outside to the massive fields and you're overwhelmed by the beautiful display of colorful tulips. Rows upon rows of different varietals and shades of the rainbow almost as far as the eye can see. Parents are posing their children in the tulips to get adorable photos and couples were creating romantic portraits to document the occasion, so make sure you get some good photos as well! Most people are friendly and will oblige to be your personal photographer if you return the favor.
There are other less busy and touristy fields to explore along the valley and it is helpful to have a map of the area where all the fields are listed by flower variety.Activities to do in the fields consist of a trolly ride around through the farm, kite shows and much more. Don't forget to stop for a snack at one of the food booths or purchase some gifts and grab a print of this year's poster. Every year the poster is designed by a new artist and reproduced on postcards, magnets, hand towels, anything else you could ever want.