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Who doesn’t want to go wander through these whimsical fields? | Photo by @studiesinwanderlust
Tempted to jump into a giant field of tulips as spring arrives? Yeah, us too.

Luckily, someone understands those impulses and we have the Skagit County Tulip Festival. It starts tomorrow, March 30 and will run through the end of April — so here’s a quick guide to enjoying those giant ground rainbows.

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We wouldn’t be surprised if Prince Charming or a fairy popped out of these fields.


Photo via Tulip Town

Where to go

While the name “festival” implies a centralized event area, the activities are actually scattered among four different flower growers in Skagit County — each with their own experiences and admission price.
  • Roozengaarde | 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon | $15-$50 | Photo ops include a whimsical, full-sized windmill, and 30 acres of tulip fields.
  • Tulip Town | 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon | Hours vary | $7-$20 | Wander the rows of tulips or partake in the marketplace, wine + beer garden, and trolley tours — and bring the pup.
  • Garden Rosalyn | 16648 Jungquist Road, Mount Vernon | 7 a.m.-8 p.m. | $15-$40 | Six acres of tulip fields have been shaped into designs like stars and animals.
  • Tulip Valley Farms | 15245 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon or 12637 Pulver Road, Burlington | 9 a.m.-10 p.m. | $8.50-$16.50 | Make a cute day of the festival by packing a picnic and building your own bouquet from the 13-acre U-pick farm. Or enjoy the blooms under a starry sky during the farms Night Bloom events.
Rows of yellow, magenta, and light pink tulips stretch out away from the camera towards a light pink sunset.

Tulip Town’s vast fields are even more fun to wander after a drink at its wine + beer garden.


Photo via Tulip Town

When to go

It’s hard to time Mother Nature, but with the first blooms just beginning to poke their heads out of the ground, it’ll be a couple of more weeks before the farms are at their peaks. Generally the second week of April proves to be a solid bet. But even if the tulips need a little more time, the daffodils are still out and shining bright.

Roozengaarde has an interactive map that shows you exactly what’s in bloom and where, while the Tulip Festival website also gives frequent updates.
What percentage of the domestic tulip crop is Washington responsible for?
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B. 85%
C. 30%
D. 50%
Friday, March 29
  • Sakura-Con | Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31 | Times vary | Seattle Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle | $110-$120 | This “by fans, for fans” anime convention features theme song karaoke, writing and drawing workshops, video game tournaments, and panels with celebrity voice actors.
  • Moisture Festival Variete Performance | Friday, March 29-Saturday, April 13 | Times vary | Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle | $32-$45 | The longtime vaudevillian extravaganza highlighting puppets, contortionists, and other quirky performers is back in a new venue.
Saturday, March 30
  • Seattle Astronomical Society Fundraising Banquet | Saturday, March 30 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Burke Museum, 4303 Memorial Way NE, Seattle | $75-$125 | Help the SAS raise funds to purchase a new dark sky site with a dinner from Off the Rez that also features a photo booth and an auction.
  • Bubbles & Bunnies | Saturday, March 30 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle | $10-$35 | Bunny costumes are encouraged at this Easter event that features 2.5k + 5k walk/runs, a mimosa garden, and an egg hunt for the kiddos.
  • SquidMaster | Saturday, March 30 | 9:30 p.m. | CSz Seattle - Home of ComedySportz, 3509 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle | $20 | A cast of comedians will have to improvise their way through challenges based on the tv series “Squid Games.”
Sunday, March 31
  • Disney Bad Girls Brunch | Sunday, March 31-Sunday, June 30 | 1 p.m. | Julia’s on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., Seattle | $20.95-$30.95 | Turns out Disney villainesses + drag artists make for quite the saucy brunch companions.
  • Easter Tea | Sunday, March 31 | 2:30 p.m. | Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., Seattle | $50 | Enjoy a variety of chef-selected teas, cocktails, and snacks.
Monday, April 1
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  • Seattle Children’s Hospital recently received a $50 million donation from the William Lawrence & Blanche Hughes Foundation to continue childhood cancer research. The hospital said this is one of the largest donations it has ever received from a single donor. (Seattle Times)
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