Every spring, tens of millions of colorful tulips bloom throughout the Pacific Northwest’s Skagit Valley. Farmers around the valley raise these colorful blooms, and visitors can best enjoy them during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Events
Hundreds of events and activities, from wine tasting to art walks are spotlighted during the month of April. A few favorites include:
Country Financial Tulip Frolic
Downtown La Conner pulls out all the stops with entertainment, crafts and exhibits. Visitors can purchase a lighted baton from Boys and Girls Clubs and march in the city’s Tulip Frolic parade.
US Bank/Kiwanis Tulip Parade
This hometown parade, celebrates local individuality. Participants include the Shrine organization, 5-year-olds on bicycles decorated with balloons, and even local TV personalities.
The Tulip Run is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival’s premier running event, and features a 2-mile and 5-mile course, over flat, gravel packed trails that allow runners to view some of the finest vistas in Skagit Valley.
Courses set along 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes are set up for open pedaling, allowing participants to get an up-close view of the area’s colorful fields and farms in bloom.
Tulip Country Bike Tours
Self-guided tours are also available through Country Cycling. Bike rentals include equipment, maps and festival tips/information and start at $40 per person.
Guests can enjoy chainsaw carving demonstrations, professional woodcraft vendors, a student competition, and a wood carving raffle.
World’s Largest Garage Sale
It might not be in Guinness Book of World Records, but the World’s Largest Garage Sale, held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, features more than 100 vendors selling antiques, crafts, jewelry and food.
A variety of other events are also offered throughout the month of April, including the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival, the Burlington Scrapbooking Swap Meet, the “E Pluribus Unum” Quilt Show, a tour of historic homes throughout the community of Edison, a youth basketball tournament, a variety of art shows and arts and crafts fairs, and a Kiwanis salmon barbecue that serves more than 10,000 meals every year.
Skagit Valley, Washington
April 1-30, 2014
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival