Celebrate Spring Flowers with Nearby Festivals and Activities 

Early spring is here and local flower-themed spring festivals and events mark the celebration of the end of a lengthy, cold winter. If the grey skies have been bringing you down these past few months, these activities will be sure to brighten your day!

hellebore festival

Hellebore Tea at Lake Wilderness Lodge, March 10th at 2pm 

The Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation in Maple Valley will host its yearly fundraising event, the Hellebore Tea. Guests look forward to this festive occasion which pays homage to the hellebore flowers that bloom in late winter and early spring. Attendees wear creative hats, enjoy delightful tea-party food, and bid on silent auction items to benefit the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation. Our very own Kate from the Ten Trails Welcome Center will be in attendance, joining the Lumberhouse Brewery table. For tickets and more information, send an email to info@lakewildernessarboretum.org.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, April 1-30

Now in its 36th year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will run throughout the month of April. The festival includes a street fair, art shows, parade, fun runs, show gardens, gala, and much more. Don’t miss your opportunity to take a scenic drive through the valley to view fields of daffodils, irises, and tulips for as far as the eye can see! Make sure to bring a camera because these backdrops are definitely social-media-worthy! For more information, visit https://tulipfestival.org.

Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival, April 26-28

Hosted by the Seattle Center, the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival commemorates the gift of 1,000 cherry trees that Japan bestowed upon the city in 1976. Attendees gain an understanding of Japanese cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, demonstrations, food, and hands-on activities. One highlight of the festival is the popular Taiko drummers show. Of course, cherry blossom viewing, known as Hanami, is the visual gift that keeps hundreds of thousands of guests returning to this festival year after year. For more information visit http://cherryblossomfest.org/