Love Spring? Indulge in the Portland Tulip Festival

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Looking for something to do in spring? Try the Tulip Festival in Portland, Oregon!

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Spring is Here!

For local Portlanders this year, it’s been a looong wait for spring. The weather has been nothing but gray skies and rain for months. So, it was a good time to visit the tulip fields for a splash of color.

Many years ago, when we lived in San Diego, we visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California where they grow a colorful array of ranunculus. And we had heard about the tulip festival in Portland since we moved here in 2014. At last, we finally made it to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm!

Spring has sprung! Portland Tulip Festival
Spring has sprung!

35th Annual Tulip Festival

The Portland Tulip Festival happens every year in spring. This year, in 2019, the festival started March 23 and has been extended until May 5.

We bit the bullet and decided to go on April 21, which started out as a rather gray and gloomy day. It’d been raining through the week, so we weren’t sure how it would turn out.

We also realized after we’d left that it was Easter! When it dawned on us, we kinda looked at each other like…uh-oh–what did we get ourselves into? It worked out just fine, though.

Tulip Fields and Balloons Portland Tulip Festival
A rainbow of colors...

Be Prepared for Traffic

The tulip fields are actually in Woodburn which is about a 30-minute drive south of Portland. We were surprised a little that there was a long line of cars waiting to get in, and that there were other long lines of cars coming from other directions. It was kind of like getting into the parking lot of Disneyland.

We had commented that it must be a real pain to live along any of those roads at this time of year. You can’t just come and go as you please, so it must be a bit frustrating for the neighbors.

Anyway, as long as you’re not in a hurry, it’s not too bad. They have a good system for parking with lots of helpers directing the flow of traffic.

Traffic at Portland Tulip Festival
Sing campfire songs while you wait...

Portland Tulip Festival Operating Hours & Admission

During the festival, the farm is open seven days a week (Fri – Sun, 8 am to 7 pm; Mon – Thu, 9 am to 6 pm).

Admission prices vary, so check the website to see what makes sense for you. We paid $5 each.

Colorful Tulips Portland Tulip Festival

The Flowers

The tulip fields are vast, and you have access to all of them. Hot Tip: If you go, wear footwear suitable for the mud!

Nestled amongst the colorful blossoms is a popular place for photos. You want a bright yellow background? They’ve got that. Pink? Check. Salmon? Yup. Pure white? Got that too. It’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.

There were lots of little girls posing in their pretty Easter dresses, families, couples, dogs–all getting their pictures taken.

Field of Flowers at Portland Tulip Festival

Activities

There is quite a lot going on at the farm besides an array of tulips.

There are hot air balloons, a tram, cow train, hay wagon, and tractors. They even have a wooden shoe making demonstration on the weekends.

If you get hungry, food vendors are available. You can even taste some of the estate-grown boutique wine from Wooden Shoe Vineyards. We really liked their sparkling blush moscato.

If you’re in the mood to shop, you can buy beautiful bundles of fresh cut tulips to take home for $5 a bunch. Although we didn’t go in, there is a gift shop too.

Wooden Shoe Making Demonstration Portland Tulip Festival
Wooden Shoe Making Demonstration
Wine Tasting at the Portland Tulip Festival
Wine Tasting at the Portland Tulip Festival
Windmill at Portland Tulip Festival
Windmill

A Good Start to Spring

We had a good time at the tulip fields, and it was a great way to welcome spring. We even got some sun!

For a list of other flower festivals in Oregon, here is a nice article from Travel Oregon.

Want to read about another festival I visited recently? Click here.

If you love spring blooms, read about my trip to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens.

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28 thoughts on “Love Spring? Indulge in the Portland Tulip Festival

  1. I went on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon and when it started to rain at 5:45 I literally had the place to myself! Glad you had some sun!

  2. I didn’t realize this event even existed. I’ve been to the one in Washington many times. Will add this to my future trip list. Your photos are really beautiful!

  3. I would love to see the ocean of tulips, didn’t know you had that. Wooden shoe festival and tulips sounds like something with origins in Holland. Is that where it comes from?

    1. Oh, defnitely! Lots to see and do here. You would enjoy! There are dahlia fields nearby too. I still have to find out more about it myself, though. Maybe a future post in the making!

  4. I had no idea!!! Seeing the tulips in Holland is on my bucket list. Who knew I could see them here in the US? I literally gasped at your first picture of the fields. So beautiful!

    1. The flowers are breathtaking, aren’t they? Tulips in Holland is on my list too…I can only imagine how beautiful it must be there!

  5. Oh wow! My friend was just in Portland recently, and remarked about the flowers. Didn’t realise there are whole tulip fields nearby! Is there a Dutch history to Portland?

    1. I don’t think there is a significant Dutch history here. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm was started in 1950. I think the key is that it’s just a good place to grow flowers. 🙂 There are some other flower fields here as well, and I’m going to try to get to at least some of them. I’ll try to post about them too.

  6. Looks beautiful! I can understand why it’s so busy, but it sounds like they manage it well. I love Oregon, we visit it often, almost every year, but didn’t know about this tulip festival. I guess if we always go in the summer, we miss out on things like this… Maybe one year we’ll go earlier in the season – it looks like it would be worth it.

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