Tulips are nearly upon us!  Can you believe it?!  It was nearly a year ago that our beloved Tulip Festival was canceled.  People from all over the United States and WORLD gather each year in the Skagit Valley to witness the tulips in bloom.  In the pre-COVID-19 era, approximately 400,000 people attended the festival, which runs from approximately April 1st-30th. 

As we have all experienced within the last year, restrictions, guidelines, and expectations can change at a moment’s notice.  And so will be the case with the upcoming Tulip Festival.  Although plans are being made, visitors should expect and be prepared for changes. 

There is just under 5 weeks until the Tulip Festival takes place, and here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to and expect from this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: 

1. Online Ticketing and Reservations: both Tulip Town and Roozengaarde, the two main hubs for tulip viewing, will plan to be open at a reduced capacity.  They will also require ADVANCE purchase reservations.  You can get a ticket online (as with most things during this COVID-era).  There will be three-hour time slots that you can choose from that will allow for optimal viewing. They are referencing these time slots as ‘timeboxing,’ as seen on their website.  If you are interested in making a reservation, we recommend solidifying your spot NOW! 

2. Tulip Growers will follow Government Guidelines: tulip growers will be following the agritourism guidance according to the Washington state government. This guidance applies to U-pick berry farmers, and pumpkin patches as well.  These venues are required to have outdoor availability, and if they do have any covered areas – there must be optimal ventilation for the customers. From the looks of it, Tulip Town is planning on opening earlier and staying open later! Since numbers will be limited, this helps give people more availability to see the tulips. 

As with most all activities these days, 6-feet of distance is prescribed along with mask-wearing. 

3. Bring Your Credit Card: don’t expect to use cash while attending the Tulip Festival.  There will more than likely be cash-free payment options that will require mobile, or credit card for purchases. Make sure you come prepared with the proper payment!  This is nothing unfamiliar, as many businesses have limited or have not been permitting cash as payment. 

4. New Features: Tulip Town will be hosting an “Experience Pass,” and a “Photography Pass” that are new additions to the Tulip Festival experience. Both companies that run the festival are trying to find new and inventive ways to engage visitors while abiding by COVID-19 protocol. The Tulip Festival Street Fair will not take place for a second year, however – the downtown association is intending on holding a new event in its place.  The event will be held in October and called the Harvest Festival Street Fair. 

5. While Visiting the Skagit Valley, Support Local Businesses: if you’re planning on attending the Tulip Festival, many local businesses will await your support! Keep in mind, all of the government protocol will also apply when visiting other spaces and locations.  Do your due diligence when visiting with other businesses. Keep socially distanced from those you don’t live with, practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask. 

If you are in town for the Tulip Festival, we would love to have you at our restaurant! We are located nearly 10 minutes or less from Tulip Town and Roozengaarde. Please give us a call if you are in the Skagit Valley and we would be happy to schedule a reservation!

Make a reservation at: 360.466.4014