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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2017

Welcome to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2017! While last winter the tulips graced us early with their blooms, this colder winter means tulip blooms will be in peak bloom more toward the middle of April.  The good news is the La Conner Daffodil Festival photo contest will be extended to April 14th and you may be viewing daffodil blooms instead of tulip blooms if you come early! 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival FAQ

Q: Where is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival held?
A:  The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour.  The fields are centrally located in the valley between La Conner and Mount Vernon with the Tulip Festival parade happening in La Conner. The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town. Because of crop rotation, the tulip fields are different each year. Both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town also have displays of tulips in gardens for visitors to view and photograph.

Tulip Town Display Garden and Fields Address: 15002 Bradshaw Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (10 minutes from La Conner)
*Open 9-5 through Tulip Bloom.  $7/admission, 6 and under free. Parking is free.

Roozengaarde Display Gardens: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (10 minutes from La Conner)
*Open 9-7, $7/admission, 5 and under free.  Parking is free.  RoozenGaarde admission ticket provides free access to all parking lots in the RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Company tulip fields for the day of purchase. 

Tulip Fields:  Drive by 24/7 and located between La Conner and Mount Vernon.  Parking at RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Company fields is $7 or free if you have an admission ticket from Roozengaarde Display Gardens on the same day.

Q:  Are the tulips blooming yet? When is the best time to view the tulips?
A:  Mother Nature decides on the exact dates for tulips to bloom.  Keep an eye on the Bloom Map and follow us on Facebook for updates!  NOTE:  Tulip Town is not on this map.  See address above.

Q:  I would like to start planning my trip for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Where is a list of events?
A:  The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival brochure is ready in January.  You can view and download here: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Map and Brochure 2017.  The Tulip Festival parade is in La Conner on April 8 along First St and starting at 2pm.

Q:  How much does it cost?
A:  To view the fields is free, but to park a car at the fields is $5.00.  Tulip Town admission is $7.00 (6 and under free).

Q:  Is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kid friendly? Are there activities or events for children?
A:  Yes!  Here is a great blog post regarding Tulip Festival Activities For Kids.

Q:  Is there a Skagit Valley Tulip Festival planning guide?
A:  Yes – we have several resources for you.  Check out our Skagit Valley Tulip Festival planning guide and be sure to stop by the La Conner Visitor Information Center and/or ask us questions here!

Q:  Are there Tulip Festival Tours available? Or other tours?
A:  Yes – check out our list of Tulip Festival Tours.  If you enjoy tours, be sure to check out our other Skagit Tours offerings including whale watching and Deception Pass boat tours. If you prefer a self-guided tour outside of the tulip world, check out our guided maps including Heritage Barns, Skagit Valley Culinary Bounty, and a Walking Trail Guide.  Still up for more?  Check out 101 Things to do in La Conner!

Q: Is it possible to ride our bikes, and are there bike paths along the fields?
Yes! All the roads are nice and flat around the tulip fields and almost all have shoulders to ride on.  Check out the Skagit County Bike Map for routes.

Q: Can I just pull-over to take pictures of the tulip fields?
A:  You will see no parking signs on the roads next to the fields.  Because of safety reasons, please use a parking area.

Q:  How do I get there – Directions?
A:  Take I-5 North from Seattle or I-5 South from Vancouver BC.  Depending on what direction you are heading and what fields you want to view, use the Google Bloom Map above to pick your exit.  You will be heading West from I-5.

Q: I’m from Canada – Can we take cut blooms back over the border?  What about bulbs?
A:  Yes – you can take cut tulip blooms over the border.  However, bulbs are not available for purchase during the tulip festival as they are in the ground, but can be shipped to Canada in the fall.

Q: Is there a printable map and listing of all the events?
A:  Yes – Here is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Brochure

Q: What else is there to do in La Conner and Skagit Valley in the spring?

La Conner Spring Getaway 2017 Events and Happenings

April
1-30 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
8 US Bank’s 31st Annual Not So Impromptu Parade – Along First St. La Conner, 2pm
11 Education Series: Paddle Wheel Adventure on the Mississippi – La Conner Retirement Inn, 4pm – 5pm
16 Happy Easter
16 Easter Brunch – La Conner Retirement Inn, 10am – 1pm
22 Earth Day Beach & Shoreline Clean Up – Meet at the La Conner Kayak Paddle Shack
22 Sock Hop, A 1950’s Diner Lunch & Car Show – La Conner Retirement Inn, Noon – 4pm
29 Skagit Topic: Blast Open the Pass, Tales of the N. Cascades – Skagit County Historical Museum, 2pm – 4pm

May
6 Opening Day Boat Parade – Along the Swinomish Channel, Starts approx. 3pm
9 Education Series: An Audubon visit to Mississippi – La Conner Retirement Inn, 4pm – 5pm
12-14 La Conner Guitar Festival, Maple Hall
14 Happy Mother’s Day
14 Mother’s Day Brunch – La Conner Retirement Inn, 10am – 1pm
20 Featured Artist Kerry Cook – Bunnies by the Bay, 10am – 5pm
20 Skagit Topic: School’s Out, Remembering the Schoolhouse Experience – Skagit County Historical Museum, 2pm – 4pm
21 Skagit Wedding Tour – Christianson’s Nursery, 10am – 5pm
29 Memorial Day

ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

• La Conner Rotary Tulip Sales, trailer located at the La Conner Round-a-bout. March 27 – through the end of season
• Christianson’s Nursery – Culinary Guests: Arbia Wood Fired Pizza (March), VIP Espresso (April Weekends), Pat’s Philly Steak and Crepes (April), Random Acts of Food Truck (May Weekends)
• Live Music at Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage – Every Thursday-Saturday, www.aneliaskitchenandstage.com
• Sip n’ Paint at La Conner Sips – Call 360.610.9773 for Reservations
• Kiwanis Fundraising Dinners – La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib, 1st Wednesday of each month
• A variety of classes at Crescent Moon Yoga – Call 360.298.0293
• Yoga & Early Enrichment Programs at MoNA, www.monamuseum.org

ONGOING EXHIBITS & CLASSES

Museum of Northwest Art
Paul Havas – A Life in painting – Through March 26
Continuum – Glass from the Permanent Collection – Through March 26
Clockwork White: Lights and Signe – April 1 – June 11
Debora Moore: Paphiopedilum, April 1 – June 11

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
Abstract Quilts in Solids – Through March 26
It’s Not Easy Being Green – Through April 30
For the Love of Children – March 29 – June 25
La Conner in Bloom – March 29 – April 30
Marginalia: Tapestries – May 3 – July 30

Skagit County Historical Museum
Voices Del Valle – Through May 7
Washington Remembers World War II / The Skagit Homefront – Through June 25

Plan Your Spring Getaway 2017!

spring getaway 2017Because there is so much to see and do during the Daffodil Festival and the Tulip Festival, we recommend that you plan ahead and make reservations at one of La Conner’s lodging establishments. You’ll be centrally located and within a few minutes of all of the daffodil fields and display gardens, plus you’ll be able to enjoy a visit to our waterfront village, shop in our many specialty stores and dine at one of our amazing restaurants.

There are not many valleys quite as beautiful as the Skagit Valley – and there certainly are even fewer valleys as gorgeous as ours is when the sun is out, the fields are ablaze with color and snow-covered Mount Baker offers a perfect backdrop. Come visit us – we promise that you’ll absolutely love La Conner in spring!

Call or stop by the La Conner Visitor’s Center where you’ll find lots of information – including brochures and maps. 413 Morris St. in La Conner; 360/466-4778.  E-Mail: info@laconnerchamber.com

Plan Your Return Visit

P.S. … While it’s always fun to visit La Conner during the spring months – there are tons of reasons to come back again and again – all year round! Take a look at our Visit La Conner on a Return Trip page to learn more about what’s fun and engaging during each of our four seasons.

 

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