April has burst on the scene with pops of bright colors everywhere: tulips, peonies, irises, dahlias, lavender, rhododendrons, roses and so much more! It’s no wonder that Oregon celebrates its flowers with festivals! The season kicked off with the Netherlands’ prettiest export—the tulip—at the 40-acre Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in the Willamette Valley, and continues through the summer. Check out blossoms throughout the state at these festivals:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Pack a picnic and head out to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for the 25th Annual Tulip Fest in Woodburn, happening through April 25. Explore the tulips and daffodils, all in brilliant, Easter-inspired hues. This year’s festival boasts 40 acres of flower fields.

Annual Dahlia Festival
The Swan Island Dahlia Farm is one of the largest grower of Dahlias in the country. Get fresh cut flowers daily from July–September or get your dahlia fix at the Annual Dahlia Festival during the last weekend in July and Labor Day weekend. The festival features a full-spectrum of blooms set in 350 unique and inspiring floral arrangements.

Oregon Lavender Daze Festival
The sixth annual Oregon Lavender Daze Festival from July 10—11 has activities for all the senses. Don’t miss the energetic live music, arts booths, barbecue and lavender-infused gelato (yum!), face painting, craft classes and wine tasting! All this steeped with the sweet smell of Oregon lavender that you can pick and take home.

103rd Florence Rhododendron Festival
One of the oldest festivals in the state, the Florence Rhododendron Festival kicks off most appropriately with the crowning of Queen Rhododendra! The weekend continues in lavish celebration including a parade, car show, arts and crafts fair, a 5k run, carnival and of course, flowers, flower flowers! Don’t miss the festivities from May 21-23.

For more travel ideas, check out our events calendar and Trips We Love.

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  1. j stumpf says…

    Where is the largest Iris Festival in the nation? How come you do not have that on the front page. Its right here in Keizer, Oregon. Amazingly sad…I really thought I would find it listed here. Oh well

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