Springtime is a wonderful time for Mount Vernon, and each tulip season brings new adventure.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has been part of the City of Mount Vernon since the early 1980s. It began as part of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce then branched out to form its own organization. Plan on driving between fields, display gardens and festival events.
Plan your trip today
The Bloom Map is a wonderful feature that Tulips.com has provided. Updated daily with the most current fields in bloom, in addition, to where the Tulips, Daffodils and Iris are located.
• The Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook Off Enter your favorite recipe or come and enjoy others! The annual Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook-Off lets you choose the winner. $15 gets you six samples and a vote (a large portion of your favorite)The Skagit Chili and Chowder Cook-Off is presented by Craft Stove. $25 to compete; professionals and amateurs are welcome.
• The Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair The Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair, presented by the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, features hundreds of juried arts and crafts vendors from more that eight states. Live entertainment at multiple locations, children’s activities and a wonderful variety of food concessions to choose from.
• Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue This event has become a staple within the festival. Wild salmon barbecued over alder, with baked potato, slaw, garlic bread and ice cream. Two serving sizes. Heated lodge.
• Tulip Run Be a part of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival’s premier running event. This scenic 2- or 5-mile course is flat and fast on gravel packed trails. It’s an experience the whole family will enjoy. Free to 10 and under (to encourage you) and 70 and older (you deserve it). Otherwise, $20 or $30 with shirt.
• Tulip Pedal Consists of 20-, 40- and 60-mile bike ride. Registration from 7 am - noon. Course open until 3 p.m. Pre-registration: $35. Day of: $40. Kids 14 and under FREE.
• List of festival events and more on the Tulip Festival website.
Need to Know
• Bloom dates are according to weather
• Beat the crowds during the week versus the weekend.
• Dress for all four seasons.
• Plan on driving between fields, display gardens and festival events.
• Two display gardens both have their own fees