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Tulip Festival Skagit Valley

Updated on April 3, 2016
A Woman Walking in the Fields of Tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
A Woman Walking in the Fields of Tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Visit the Amazing Tulip Festival at La Connor, Washington

On this page, you will read about the annual Tulip Festival held in the Skagit Valley, WA. Enjoy the photos, video, valley map, links to local resources, and lots of hints and tips to make your visit as perfect as the tulips, irises and daffodils that blossom here in the spring.

The wonderful Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a not-to-be missed event if you can get to this area in the spring. Imagine field after field of beautiful, colorful tulips, irises and daffodils in full blossom, set against the backdrop of the wonderful Cascade Mountains.

Skagit Valley is located in the US Pacific Northwest, in Washington State. Its nestled in between the communities of La Connor, Mount Vernon and Burlington. A visit here during the annual tulip time means viewing wonderful scenery, strolling through fields of blossoms, visiting formal gardens and shopping for tulips and other gift items at the many vendors.

But the fun doesn't stop with the tulips and the gardens. Festival organizers offer a multitude of activities each year. Think parades, art displays, llama petting, kite flying, rides in horse drawn carriages, helicopter tours, concerts and much more.

If all this isn't enough to interest you, consider this. Skagit Valley is a short drive from locales such as Vancouver (in Canada), Seattle, Whidby Island, Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. Tiptoe through the tulips in the morning and romp with the orcas in the afternoon!

I'm betting you could spend a week here and still not see and do everything you wanted. I should know. I live in Vancouver, just a two hour drive. I try to visit the Skagit Tulip Festival every year.

One more thing! Bring your camera.

Tulip Festival Poll

A Cloudy Day on the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields
A Cloudy Day on the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields

What do you think you would like best about the festival?

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo -- Pinks and Oranges

Pink and Orange Tulips Blooming in the Skagit Valley in Washington State
Pink and Orange Tulips Blooming in the Skagit Valley in Washington State

Skagit Valley Shopping at Amazon

From posters to pictures to tour books, Amazon has plenty of Skagit Valley offerings

Northwest Art Mall Skagit Valley Washington Tulips Unframed Poster Print by Joanne Kollman, 11-Inch by 17-Inch
Northwest Art Mall Skagit Valley Washington Tulips Unframed Poster Print by Joanne Kollman, 11-Inch by 17-Inch

Frame this wonderful poster and it makes a superb wall hanging. I know. I have done it.

 

Skagit Tulip Festival Web Links - Tulips, Tulips, Tulips

Visit the links below for specific information about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Remember that the festival occurs annually throughout the month of April - but as for the tulips and other flowers, they blossom according to the dictates of Mother Nature. Most years, the blossoms and the festival coincide. Some years, they do not.

Horse Drawn Carriage Tour of the Tulip Festival in La Conner
Horse Drawn Carriage Tour of the Tulip Festival in La Conner

Tour the Fields of Tulips

When you visit the festival, a tour of the fields is something you won't want to miss. You have several options to choose from. If you have a vehicle, you can drive around on your own. Maps are freely available everywhere. The major tulip growers provide parking in a field, so you can leave your car and explore by foot.

Traffic congestion can occur during the festival. You might prefer to take a tour of the tulip fields. One possibility is a horse drawn carriage ride through the fields.

Some years, the festival organizers offer a bus tour, plus there are any number of private operators offering fascinating alternatives including bicycle tours, helicopter tours and more.

How about catching a Clipper Ship in Seattle and visiting the festival via a combination of motor coach and water vessel?

Farm Tractor Cultivating the Tulip Fields
Farm Tractor Cultivating the Tulip Fields

Growing Skagit Valley Tulips

It's Agriculture

Many of us think of agriculture as growing grains or beans or raising livestock and poultry. However, commercial tulip growing is an agricultural practice too. When visiting the Skagit Valley, you will often see farm machines, such as the tractor in this picture. The tulips are cultivated by machine, but picked by hand. During the picking season, groups of agricultural workers, many of them from Mexico, work in the fields picking the blossoms.

Tulip Festival Video

This video shows beautiful images of the tulips at the Skagit County Tulip Festival.

Map of the Skagit Valley, WA

© 2010 June Campbell

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      This is simply beautiful - I adore tulips. What a fab lens!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Beautiful pictures!! and thank you for the tour. I can only hope that someday I may be able to visit this beautiful Festival :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I would love to see this! it would make for a wonderful outing; peaceful, calming - we could all use that right now :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is one for my bucket list. Hopefully I can make it next year! It isn't that far from southern Oregon after all!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Oh that is some really pretty eye candy!

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I would love the chance to attend a Tulip Festival some time.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @junecampbell: I am going there this weekend! Yipppeee!!! I know the festival doesn't start until Monday, but I think the tulips won't mind if I am early. :)

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Teapixie LM: Chuckanut Drive is wonderful, It's a special treat to drive down from Vancouver and go that route. My friend and I usually stop for lunch at a restaurant on the Drive. It's a great place to eat but I forget the name.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Teapixie LM: Chuckanut Drive is wonderful, It's a special treat to drive down from Vancouver and go that route. My friend and I usually stop for lunch at a restaurant on the Drive. It's a great place to eat but I forget the name.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Oh nightcats! I love the Skagit Valley. I always travel along Chuckanut Drive on my way there. It's such a beautiful expanse of ocean and western coastline along that drive. There is something so romantic about the little town of Laconner. I have never had the fortune to visit the tulip festival, but I have dreamt about it for years.

      This is such a lovely topic. Thank you for doing the research and sharing your info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For 2013, the festival will start on 1 April?

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @AnnaleeBlysse: If you ever get a chance to visit, you won't be disappointed. Thanks for commenting.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      I haven't been there, but wouldn't mind visiting someday for festival. Quite a drive for me. My brother lives in Seattle area so maybe someday before he moves.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @WriterJanis2: It it truly a spectacular place to visit during the blooming season.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a beautiful video. The tulips are so beautiful.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jdwheeler: It truly is a special time of year.

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      I love the beauty of Springtime!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Grasmere Sue: I love tulips too. If you have a garden, and you live in North America, its the right time of year to be planting tulips (I think!)

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I know it's the wrong time of year to think about tulips, but I just love them ,and loved your lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel and added to my Angel lens.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jolou: I did not know about the Lavender Festival in July. I will certainly be looking into it Thanks for the tip.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I'm from Victoria and have been to this festival three times. It's amazing. I love the town of Laconner as well, it's great to shop there. Did you know Sequim, Washington has a lavender festival in July? It's wonderful too.