Kick start spring with a visit to one of our region’s many flower fests. Here are a few of our favorites:
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Mount Vernon
4/1 - 4/30 • Flora fans can celebrate Skagit Valley’s prized tulips throughout the month of April. Swing by the city’s main flower venues, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town for a farm tour ($4 9a.m. – 6 p.m tulips.com 15867 Beaver Marsh Road 360.424.8531 and $5 9 a.m. - 6 p.m tuliptown.com 15002 Bradshaw Rd. 360.424.8152) or get a bird’s eye view of the area’s budding blooms with a twenty minute aerial tour from Coast Aviation (20 minute flights at Skagit Regional Airport, portofskagit.com 15400 Airport Drive, Burlington 360.757.0011). Insider tip: Dress to get muddy!
The Daffodil Festival, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting
4/10 • Pay homage to the Daffodil queen as the Royal Daffodil Court makes its procession through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. Not sure which city to watch the parade from? Just follow the scent of floats festooned in thousands of daffodils.
For more info: daffodilfestival.net 253.840.4194
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, Seattle Center
4/17-4/19 • Feast your eyes (and nose) on the artful displays of Japanese flower arrangements, taiko drums, and traditional tea demonstrations as Seattleites honor Japan’s gift of 1,000 blossoming cherry trees to Seattle (most of them can be seen along Lake Washington Boulevard, in Seward Park.) For more info: 206.723.2003, The Seattle Center
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, Wenatchee
Bite into one of the many apple-themed events at Wenatchee’s annual celebration of our state fruit. From a 5 and 10k di race to a pie eating contest, there something for all types of apple-lovers. For more info: 509.662.3616 appleblossom.org