Don’t miss the majesty and splendor of the 35th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, with events spread from the coastal communities of LaConner and Anacortes, through Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley eastward to Concrete and the foothills of the Cascades.
PERFECT FOR: Families
WHY: While parents focus on the millions of tulips in bloom, kids will delight in marching in the wacky Not So Impromptu Kiwanis Tulip Parade, visiting an alpaca farm, and participating in other hands-on activities at the Festival. “There’s a lot for families to do in Skagit County, not just go to the tulip fields,” says Stephanie Lynn, a local mom and owner of the Skagit Kid Insider family event and activity guide. “Kids love the tulip fields because they’re farms and there’s dirt. Several farms, including Tulip Town, let kids get out in the fields, even if it’s raining. I have the greatest pictures of my kids with their colorful umbrellas, raincoats, and boots surrounded by the blooming tulips. Give your kids a camera so they can take photos in the tulip fields, and you’ll end up with some fun photos from different angles.
WHERE: Skagit Valley is in western Washington State, about 75 miles north of SEATAC Internation Airport. Burlington, one of the biggest communities in the area, is billed as “the crossroads of Skagit Valley.” Blooming tulip fiels can be seen in Mount Vernon (at I-5) west to LaConner, a waterfront village on Skagit Bay.
Below are just a sampling of events for the 2018 Festival.
30 Days of April
Here’s how it works: each day during the Festival features an item that a visitor can win from the Festival office at 311 W. Kinkaid St in Mount Vernon. Entries are picked at random and the corresponding visitor receives the prize. Prizes, sponsors, and the day’s lucky number are posted at www.tulipfestival.org and at www.Facebook.com/SkagitValley-TulipFestival.
2018 Photo Contest
North Coast Credit Union sponsors a photo contest through the Festival’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SkagitValley-TulipFestival. New categories are available this year. Submit your photos and view entries, with winning photos utilized in the Festival’s 2019 brochure.
Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair
Enjoy the downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair, April 20-22, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Hundreds of juried arts and crafts vendors, including painting and fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food items, unique gifts, delicious food court offerings, live entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Bethany Covenant Spring Conert
Saturday, April 21, 7pm: After a day in the tulips, come as you are to this uplifting concert featuring excellent choirs of all ages and the joyful sounds of the Bethany Bells. Free admission and refreshments after the program.
Anacortes Quilt Walk
This event occurs throughout the month of April (hours vary). Guild members proudly display traditional, contemporary, modern, and art quilts in downtown Anacortes businesses. View quilts and dine and shop along the way. Maps are available at participating merchants and at the Anacortes Visitor Center.
The Festival runs throughout the month of April and covers a lot of ground. (Events are sometimes miles apart.) Beat the crowds by coming on a weekday or before 10am on weekends. Download the event brochure for far more events and their details.