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Historically, the tulip was a symbol of paradise on earth. Come April in the Skagit Valley, we welcome you to our modern-day paradise on earth where millions of tulips burst into bloom during The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is magic! The Magic Skagit Valley’s natural wonders also include shorelines, bays, islands, mountains, the Skagit River, and one of the largest and most diverse agricultural communities west of the Cascade mountain range.
Skagit Valley Farmers invite visitors to take a scenic drive through the valley and experience the art of farming during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and throughout the year. Did you know that agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Skagit County? More tulip, and daffodil bulbs are produced here than in any other county in the U.S., and local farmers produce about $261 million worth of 90 different crops, livestock, and dairy products on 93,000 acres of land. In addition to food and fiber products, agriculture in the Skagit Valley provides habitat for thousands of swans, snow geese, and dabbling ducks.
Come see why the rest of the world agrees that Skagit Valley is an incredible destination!
Q: Where is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival held?
A: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour. There is no one location that you go to for the festival. The fields are centrally located in the Valley between La Conner and Mount Vernon with events and happenings sprinkled all around Skagit Valley. 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.
Q: What’s different this year because of COVID?
A: You have to buy tickets to visit Tulip Town and Roozengaarde
Due to State required COVID mitigation protocols, Tulip Town must restrict the number of guests on the farm at a given time. Tulip Town will be opening earlier and staying open later, as well as switching over to online ticketing to ensure you have the most amazing tulip experience possible!
There are three passes available: General Admission, Experience Pass, and a Photography Pass. The General Admission is $15 ages 12+, $5 ages 6-11, and kids 5 and under are free. General Admission includes parking, a trolley ride, and access to the 2021 Tulip Bloom field, tulip gardens, indoor tulip display, and barn experience. The Experience pass is $45/person and includes everything in General Admission plus a mini-workshop and escorted access directly into the field where you will be taught how to pick your own bouquet. You will go home with not only the experience of a lifetime but your prized bouquets and first-hand knowledge from the Tulip Town experts! Lastly, the Photography Pass is $100 for a day pass and $375 for a season’s pass. The Photography Pass gets you exclusive access to the tulip field and gardens during the golden hours: 6-8 am and through sunset, as well as during normal business hours.
RoozenGaarde is offering General Admission tickets for $15 per person with children ages 2 and under free. The General Admission tickets include access to the RoozenGaarde’s 5-acre garden plus a 25-acre tulip field and a 20-acre daffodil field. The RoozenGaarde Gift Shop and Fresh Cut Tulp Market will be open. The gift shop hours during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival are 9-7 and RoozenGaarde closes 10 minutes after sunset.
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 and Instagram for updates! The Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April. The least crowded times are weekdays early morning and late afternoon. Weekends are busy – your best experience will be booking a Lodging Option in Skagit Valley and driving by the fields in the early morning or late afternoon.
Q: What date is the Tulip Festival?
A: The Tulip Festival is held from April 1-30 annually. However, mother nature determines when the tulips bloom. Some years the tulips are blooming the last week of March and other years they may not bloom until the second week of April. Also, there are different varieties of tulips that bloom earlier and later. The La Conner Daffodil Festival features the first blooms of Daffodils in March.
Q: I would like to start planning my trip to 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 Brochure 2021
Q: How much does it cost to go to the Tulip Festival?
A: To view the fields as you are driving by is free, but to enter Tulip Town and Roozengaarde see above regarding tickets.
Q: What time does the Tulip Festival open?
A: You can view the tulip fields at any time! However, the RoozenGaarde display garden is open 9 am-7 pm every day throughout the Tulip Festival and Tulip Town is open 8 am-7pm every day throughout the Tulip Festival.
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: 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 Things To Do in Skagit County.
Q: Is it possible to ride our bikes, and are there bike paths alongside 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: Can you bring your dogs to the Tulip Festival?
A: Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the display gardens. However, you are allowed to have your dog (on a leash) next to the fields.
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 Tulip Festival map 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 – see above for a link to the brochure.
Q: What are the Show Gardens?
A: Visiting both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town is a must! Over one million spring bulbs are planted in the gardens. Both charge admission; RoozenGaarde tickets cannot be used at Tulip Town and vice versa. Pets are not allowed in the gardens.
Q: When Do Tulips Bloom?
A: Skagit Valley tulips have been farmed here since the early 1900s. Today the “field tulips” are the crops of the Washington Bulb Co., Inc/RoozenGaarde. The field tulips bloom in April, but the weather determines exactly when. Check bloom status at the BLOOM MAP, call the Tulip Festival office at 360.428.5959 and visit our Facebook pages. Tulip crops rotate, so you will need a new map each year.
Q: Where do I Park for the Tulip Festival?
A: Park free at the two gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. Tulip Town parking is on Bradshaw Road. RoozenGaarde on Beaver Marsh Rd. Both have overflow lots on busy days; flaggers will direct you. RoozenGaarde also operates official pay parking by some of the tulip fields. Parking in designated lots is included with paid RoozenGaarde admission (show your ticket stub) or your official pay lot ticket stub is good for one admission to RoozenGaarde. Admission/parking must all occur on the same day. Please note that too much rain may close lots by the fields.
Q: Is there Private Parking at the Tulip Festival?
Landowners sometimes charge for parking. The money you pay cannot be used for admission or other parking.
Q: Can I park on the shoulder to view the tulips?
A: This parking is very limited. Sheriff’s officers will issue tickets.
Q: Can I bring my drone to the Tulip Festival?
A: No – drones are not allowed in the gardens or the fields.
Q: I’m a professional photographer – Do I need to credit RoozenGaarde to publish photographs of the display garden or fields?
A: Yes – please sign the Tulip Festival Photo Release Form and return it to the Roozengaarde (Washington Bulb Co.) office.
Q: I’m a tour bus operator – Do I need to fill out a reservation form for bus parking?
A: Yes – please fill out the Tulip Festival Bus Reservation Form.
Q: What else is there to do in Skagit Valley in the spring?
A: Check out our driving itinerary and video for a Spring Skagit Road Trip!
Q: Can you give me a birds-eye view of Skagit Valley?