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Flower Festivals in the Pacific Northwest to Attend This Spring 2022

  |  Happenings, Neighborhood Insight

It’s difficult to narrow down our favorite aspect of spring in the Pacific Northwest, but fields of brightly colored blooming flowers just might be at the very top of the list. And we have plenty of festivals and events celebrating these beautiful blooms, from the renowned Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington to parades of flowers in small towns along the Oregon Coast. And of course, you can’t forget the Portland Rose Festival, a month-long celebration of culture in the heart of Portland.

We’re highlighting the most-anticipated flower festivals throughout the region — including some events a bit further away, so you can make a trip out of it! Don’t let the season pass you by without stopping to smell the roses.


Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

March 18–May 1, 2022 | Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Woodburn, Oregon

Considered one of the most iconic spring events in the region, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn attracts thousands of guests from the last week of March through the month of April. The festival features a total of 40 acres (that’s the equivalent of about 25 Portland city blocks!) of gorgeous tulips in bloom, plus more than 200 acres of outdoor space and activities. All tickets must be purchased in advance to minimize crowds and allow visitors to have more time to enjoy the fields. You can purchase tickets here, available as a day pass or a season pass, which means you can visit multiple times throughout the duration of the festival!

Keep in mind that tulips are subject to weather, growing conditions and blooming variables, so the farm cannot guarantee they will be in bloom on a particular date. So be flexible with your date and stay tuned on Facebook or their Field report for current field conditions.


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1–30, 2022 | Mount Vernon, Washington

Extending throughout the month of April, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has become an annual tradition and destination for the entire Pacific Northwest region. The festival celebrates millions of tulips bursting with spectacular color — creating a stunning display, perfect for a photo backdrop. The festival is designed as a driving tour, and there is no one “site” to enter; the fields are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley and rotate each year due to crop rotation. Tulips bloom on their own schedule, so keep an eye on the festival Facebook page to know the best time to visit. But you may want to time your visit to coincide with the Tulip Festival Street Fair taking place April 15–17!


Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

April 8–10, 2022 | Seattle, Washington

Make a trip to Seattle to experience the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, a weekend-long celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival all began when Japan’s former prime minister, Takeo Miki, gifted 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle on May 8, 1976, as a commemoration of America’s bicentennial and the friendship between Japan and Washington state. Today, the festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom and Japanese culture through art, music and food at this exciting festival in the city!


The Daffodil Festival

April 9, 2022 | Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner + Orting, Washington

Dating all the way back to 1934, the Daffodil Festival began as a celebration of the agricultural industry in the Puyallup and Sumner area, where daffodils bloomed en masse. Today, the festival has grown to include four parades passing through four Pierce County cities in one day, attracting members of the community and surrounding areas to celebrate the daffodil — and other crops grown in the region. But the festival celebrates more than this golden flower; it’s about the community from which it originates, as high school bands, floats, small businesses and local organizations march, walk and ride through the parade. Click here for more information about the parades, including a map of the route so you know where to stand!


Newberg Camellia Festival & Run/Walk

April 9, 2022 | Newberg, Oregon

Newberg Camellia Festival Newberg, Oregon

Each spring, the city of Newberg celebrates their official flower, the camellia, at the Newberg Camellia Festival. This all-day festival features a 5K and 10K Run/Walk coordinated by the parks and rec department, followed by performances, kids activities, vendors, and more — all taking place at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Plus, there will be plant sales throughout the festival, giving gardeners the opportunity to purchase garden art and unique plants at wholesale prices. And don’t miss the Oregon Camellia Society’s annual statewide bloom show, where camellias are judged by size, color, form and condition. Click here for more information about the festival — and register for the walk/run!


Florence Rhododendron Festival

May 19–22, 2022 | Florence, Oregon

The Florence Rhododendron Festival is a long-standing community tradition (and is the second-oldest flower festival in Oregon, only after the Portland Rose Festival), attracting hundreds of people to celebrate the rhododendron, which thrives along the Oregon Coast. This four-day festival features a street vendor faire, a car show, a 5K run, a parade, tastings, kids activities, live music, and a carnival with rides, games and more. Click here for the full festival schedule to plan your trip to Florence!


Portland Rose Festival

May 27–June 26, 2022

Portland Rose Festival Portland, Oregon
Photo Courtesy of Vern Uyetake via Portland Rose Festival

Each year, towards the end of May through early June, the city hosts the Portland Rose Festival, a civic celebration dating all the way back to 1907. From May 27 through June 26, attend a number of exciting events, from the opening night fireworks display to the second-largest floral parade in the country and every festivity in between. The theme for 2022’s festival is Rose City Reunion, “demonstrating how our community can carry on traditions, honor diversity and celebrate unity.” It also means a return to the large outdoor events that have been on pause, including the Grand Floral Parade on June 11, which features a procession of floats decked out in flowers, plus bands, equestrian units, marching groups, vintage vehicles, llamas, flags, and more. Tickets may be purchased in advance for the many events taking place throughout the festival!


Stop and Smell the Roses

What flower festival in the Pacific Northwest is on your calendar this spring? Let us know in the comments below!

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