La Conner Daffodil Festival – March
You all have heard about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival right? While the tulips are our most famous blooms, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as entire fields of bright, cheery daffodils against our Mt. Baker backdrop. It’s just so beautiful in March with the Daffodils blooming and there are so many fun events and exhibits in La Conner during the month of March.
To get you started, check out the Daffodil Bloom Map . The Daffodil Bloom Map is updated daily to show you which fields are blooming. Did you know that more tulip, iris, and daffodil bulbs are produced here than in any other county in the U.S!
La Conner Daffodil Festival Fun Facts!
- According to Brent Roozen, owner of RoozenGaarde and the Washington Bulb Company, RoozenGaarde grows more than 450 acres of daffodils, compared to 350 acres of tulips.
- The three major varieties planted are Dutch Master, Flower Carpet and Standard Value – Dutch Master is the world’s most popular daffodil.
- Fields of daffodils are left intact through the bloom cycle and beyond, unlike tulips which are ‘topped’ toward the end of their bloom cycle.
- Daffodil crops are only rotated every 3 years, versus an every-year rotation for tulips – fields that are 3 years old this year will be a solid wash of bright yellow.
La Conner Daffodil Festival Events
Annual Smelt Derby hosted by the Rotary Club of La Conner (last weekend of Feb)
Come join us in celebrating the La Conner Rotary Club’s annual (almost) Smelt Derby Festival with a full day of activities for the whole family. For kids, we’re offering a family day of fun with activities all day long. For adults, we’ll have an evening of subs, sliders, spirits and dancing.
We say “almost” annual consecutive festival, because sometime in the 1950’s, a large group of rowdy attendees took over the town and drank too much five-cent beer. The police chief resigned in the midst of it all, town mayor Fred Martin closed down the event, and it was not held the following year. It was back the year after that – without five-cent beer!
For most years, the smelt were plentiful because of the fish processing plant on the channel. Over the last four years, they have been scarce, and only a very small amount were caught and entered in the fishing contest. Two years ago, we fed the smelt two times a week for about a month before the festival. The result was still few but noticeably larger smelt.
Every year is different so be sure to check out the La Conner Daffodil festival blog for details!
The Grapes of Daff
With daffodils blooming and spring in the air, the La Conner Daffodil Festival is a great spring destination for wine tasting! Join us in early March at Maple hall for the “Grapes of Daff”!
This is your opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and learn about wine & daffodils. Featuring Bri Ewing from Washington State University talking about the state of wine in Washington compared to other regions, wineries in Skagit County, how wine is made and the steps for a sensory evaluation along with a guided wine evaluation.
Enter to win raffle prizes and enjoy a beautiful slide show of the La Conner Daffodil Festival photo contest entries. Tickets are just $5.00 and include your glass of wine (must be 21+ to attend).
The Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride – Mid March
Join us in La Conner among the daffodil fields for a dashing bicycle ride with a bit of style. It’s a perfect place to be planted and a beautiful place to bloom. Tally-ho! What is a tweed ride you may wonder! A tweed ride is a return to a bygone era in England when families would dress in their best clothing, assemble a picnic lunch, get on the train with their bicycles and go out to the countryside. Riding their bicycles home.
What would be better than a group ride among fields of daffodils in which the cyclists dress in classic tweed or any smart looking outfit. Any effort made to recreate the spirit of yesteryear is also always appreciated. Any and all bicycles are acceptable on the Tweed Ride. Its a smashing way to throw a party for all our cycling friends to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
Riders should expect a scenic route enjoyed at a slow pace, stops along the way with exceptionally evocative atmospheres, and plenty of time to socialize with other well-dressed, convivial cyclists. Please visit The Dandy Daffodil website for registration, route and itinerary. The itinerary includes an afternoon picnic and the after-party!
Buy Daffodils Around Town All Month Long!
All month long you will find the Kiwanis and Boy Scouts selling daffodils around La Conner.
La Conner Daffodil Festival Photo Contest
Photographers get ready for the La Conner Daffodil Festival Photo Contest! All you have to do to be entered to win is take your photos during the La Conner Daffodil Festival and then post to Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #laconnerdaffodils. We will then choose the top 10 photos and have the public vote on the winning photograph! The winner will receive a cash prize and be crowned the La Conner Daffodil Festival Official Photo. The photograph will also be used for publicity for the following La Conner Daffodil Festival!
Andy Porter’s Daffodils At Sunrise was chosen as the winner of the 2014 “unofficial” Daffodil festival. Daffodils At Sunrise is the Official Photo for the 2015 La Conner Daffodil Festival. Daffodils At Sunrise was also featured on Flickr’s Explore which resulted in close to 17,000 views! Pamela Headridge “Flight and Flowers” was the Official Photo for the 2016 La Conner Daffodil Festival! Rakan Alduaij was the winner in 2017 with “Rays of Radiance and drumroll please. Randall Hodges is the featured photographer for the 2018 La Conner Daffodil Festival!
Plan Your La Conner Daffodil Festival Trip!
Because there is so much to see and do during the Daffodil 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 March!
Make sure and visit our winning Daffodil merchant windows! Mary Davis Vintage Lighting on Morris St., La Conner Retirement Inn on North 1st St and Jennings Yarn & Needlecraft on South 1st St.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.