March 28, 2019

Celebrate Spring in Washington During the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

red and orange tulips in a green field on sunny day under a bright blue sky

Spring is in full bloom here in Washington State and the much-anticipated annual Tulip Festival is just around the corner! Running from the first to last day of April, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a miraculous sight to behold, and you surely won’t want to miss out on Mother Nature’s beauty! The Festival is only two hours north of us here in Seattle, WA and we at Shafer Baillie Mansion offer you the best of the best accommodation during your stay. In this blog we’re going to cover just a few of many events that you can look forward to during your Tulip Festival getaway!

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival:
This event combines some of the region’s greatest vintners along with local restaurants for world-class wine tasting! Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited taste testing, appetizers, chocolate samples, and more! Purchase Pacific Northwest wines and plan to come back every year! Note: Open containers are not allowed on Festival grounds.

Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center 1st & Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA
Date: April 13
VIP Admission: 12pm-5pm
General Admission: 1:30pm-5pm

Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair:
Rain or shine, join in on the fun during the 35th Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair hosted downtown Mount Vernon! There will be hundreds of juried arts and crafts vendors selling handmade gems such as jewelry, photography, fine art, clothing, delicious foods, fun gifts, and more! Enjoy live entertainment while you shop and visit the beautiful flower fields.

Location: S First Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Dates: April 19-21
Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Tulip Foundation of Skagit Valley Pop Up Wine Tasting:
Enjoy world-class wine during this pop up wine tasting event on April 19! Tickets are only $15 and come with a complimentary souvenir wine glass along with three samples of Official Wine of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival by Pasek Cellars. All proceeds go toward purchasing art for the 2020 Tulip Festival poster, so not only will you be supporting the arts, but you get wine samples to boot!

Location: Perry and Carlson Art Gallery, 504 S First St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Date: April 19
Times: 12pm-6pm

Anacortes Vintage Market
Spend a fun day shopping from over 35 vendors selling amazing repurposed home goods, gifts, garden items, and more! Search for antique treasures and artsy home decor in the vintage market, then go spend the rest of your day in the tulip fields. The Market is holding a special 21+ VIP event on Friday evening, so purchase tickets at the website for early-bird access. Saturday morning begins the full market, so be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time and bypass the long lines!

Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center – 1st and Commercial Avenue
Dates: April 26-27
VIP Event – 6pm-9pm
Saturday – 9am-4pm

Ways to get around during the Tulip Festival:

Shuttle Tours:
Don’t feel like driving two hours from Seattle? Relax on a comfortable tour bus ride and receive professional tips on how to improve your tulip photography! Stops include photographing opportunities at the tulip fields and a lunch in La Conner. Call (425) 516-8838 for more details!

Pick up Location: 1916 Pike Place, Suite 12; Seattle, WA 98101

Self-Guided Bike Tours:
Want to get some exercise in while viewing the tulips? Experience the festival on your own time with self-guided tours by bicycle! Rentals include equipment, festival information, tips, and maps. Call (360) 424-7461 for more information!  

Location: 13391 Avon Allen Rd; Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Prices: $40 adults / $10 child trailer or tag-a-long bike

The Tulip Festival is jam-packed with exciting events and wonderful attractions. Visit the official webpage for the full list of events during the month of April. We would love to share this natural Washington beauty with you, so be sure to book now with us at Shafer Baillie Mansion on Capitol Hill, Seattle! Have you attended the Tulip Festival in the past? Share your thoughts with us below!