When, Where and How to See Daffodils in the Skagit Valley
Can’t wait for the spring? See early blooms at La Conner Daffodil Festival, which runs through the month of March and offers around 450 acres of bright, yellow daffodil fields.
As expected, the festival will look different this year. Here is what you need to know to have a fun and safe trip. If you’re comfortable exploring outside, swing through La Conner for outdoor dining, artisan wares and public artwork throughout town. The La Conner Arts Commission maintains a collection of public sculptures and offers a walking tour map at its website.
Because of COVID-19, please take recommended safety precautions if you’re planning a future trip, and always check the availability of services, events and amenities before you go.
Fields of Daffodils near Mount Vernon. Photo by Nikon Photog/Getty Images.
Where are the daffodils blooming in the Skagit Valley?
This year’s Skagit Valley daffodil bloom could start as early as late February. This interactive map will show you exactly which fields are in full bloom so you can get your route ready to go.
Skagit Valley daffodil tours in 2021 are self-guided because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a scenic drive through daffodil country is a safe way to celebrate spring. Most of the flower fields are south of Washington State Route 536 between the Skagit River and the Swinomish Channel.
Washington Bulb Co.’s RoozenGaarde — which is famous for tulips but actually farms more acres of daffodils — hopes to open to the public in 2021 with capacity limits and other COVID safety precautions. Call ahead or check online with daffodil growers before you go.
La Conner Daffodil Festival events and activities
On March 6, 2021 the Kiwanis Club plans to host an outdoor bazaar with one-of-a-kind gifts, smoked salmon and fresh-cut daffodils.
You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities on your floral adventure, but don’t keep your snapshots to just yourself and your Instagram followers. La Conner’s annual daffodil photo contest has categories for kids, teens, and adults so the whole family can participate. Younger categories compete for prizes, while the adults get a chance to have their photo featured on the 2022 La Conner Daffodil Festival guide.
Although the third Saturday of March traditionally includes the colorful Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride with vintage bicycles and riders in tweed jackets and breeches, tartan skirts, caps and bow ties, the Boneshaker Cycling Society has canceled the 2021 Tweed Ride. The group hopes to hold its Summer Seersucker Social on July 17 and the Fall Flannel Frolic on Sept. 18, both in and around La Conner.
Tips for touring Skagit Valley flower fields
When driving through the Skagit Valley, be prepared for traffic congestion, watch for bicyclists and pedestrians when driving through town and along the fields, and stay out of the fields unless invited.
Pull safely off the road to admire flowers and make sure to stay on paths instead of stepping on the flowers or the soil even between the rows, which can damage the plants and their underground bulbs and spread disease.
Parking areas and paths may be muddy, so bring your boots, a change of footwear and garbage bags or towels to keep the inside of your car clean when you’re done.
And don’t pick or cut daffodils, tulips or any other flowers from the fields. Instead, look for fresh-cut flowers from farmstands, vendors around town, including Boy Scouts and members of the Kiwanis Club of La Conner.
More details for the La Conner Daffodil Festival are available from the La Conner Chamber of Commerce at (360) 466-4778.
—Written by Sarah Anne Lloyd and Jim Hammerand; Updated in February 2021.
—Top daffodil image by Joyce Marrero/Getty Images.
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