About the Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. We depend on a strong volunteer base to keep our office up and running and to put on our festival activities. This year Skagit Valley Senior Village has stepped up to sponsor our Volunteer program which logged nearly 1,400 hours in 2014.
Our festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one "site" that you go to for your visit. The fields of tulips are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley as are the many events and activities that comprise the festival. The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town and the fields are different each year due to crop rotation. Both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town also have displays of tulips in gardens for visitors to view and photograph. We hope you enjoy taking in one of the many events and activities that happen only during April.
As the festival continues on its journey – now for 32 years – we welcome people from across the United States and from around the world. The beauty of the flowers truly transcends differences, bringing cultures, ages and diverse lifestyles together to marvel at nature's creation. In 2014 we were proud to greet visitors from all 50 states and from 85 foreign countries.
We hope you enjoy our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SkagitValleyTulipFestival)and add your own favorite photos there. We continue to refine our brochure to give our fans the printed information they need to fully enjoy their trip to Skagit Valley. If you want a printed version rather than an electronic copy, click on the brochure tab and enter the appropriate information.
Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy your stay.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was officially inaugurated in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors Jerry Diggerness and Joan Houchen saw that people were coming by the thousands to view the tulips and, through a retreat, decided to add events and festivities to enhance the visitors’ trip to the Skagit Valley. In 1994 the Tulip Festival became a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors. I 2002 it completed the separation from the Chamber, moving to its own offices. [more]
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has a year-round staff who work to make sure the festival is a success each year. The festival office is in downtown Mount Vernon, WA at 311 W Kincaid Street. It is open all 30 days of April from 9 am to 5 pm. The rest of the year (May thru March) we work to have the office staffed Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, except for Federal holidays; you will often find us here at other hours as well. Besides obtaining information you can purchase Official Merchandise items at the office, including t-shirts, mugs, magnets, posters and coasters. [more]
Board of Directors
An all volunteer Board of Directors governs the nonprofit corporation that makes the Tulip Festival become a reality each spring. The Executive Board is made up of a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and immediate past president. There are eight board members serving rotating three-year terms. In addition the board has created two permanent positions for the valley's tulip growers and three advisory positions to help with official merchandise, legal matters and insurance concerns. [more]
Businesses and groups large and small support the festival through sponsorships ranging from $275 to $5500. These sponsorship dollars are vital to the successful operation of the festival. Please take the time to look over these businesses and drop by for a visit when you come here to the festival. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival, please give Sponsorship Coordinator David Johnson a call at 360-428-5959. [more]
Each year tulip fans are treated to a new Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster -- always different from the last -- with a fresh rendition of what the tulips are all about. Some are pastoral scenes, others feature cats and birds, and some have featured children along with the flowers. No matter what, the poster art says "Skagit Valley." [more]
Showcasing the grace and beauty of the tulip -- the star of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival -- is a challenge that artists, graphic designers and webmasters find daunting each year. Yet they accomplish their goal, creating products for our hundreds of thousands of tulip fans to use. [more]