A bundle of sunflower festivals has sprouted up around our region, and wandering among the towering blooms can make for a lovely family outing. Snap some photos, marvel at the giant stalks and enjoy a break from pandemic stress. Read on for seven sunflower festivals taking place around Seattle this August and September.
1. Bob's Corn Sunflower Experience, Aug. 15–30
Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm, famous for its fall pumpkin festivities, invites families to wander among 37 varieties of sunflowers planted on 12 acres of its Snohomish farm. Wander among the blooms, and take a bundle home — Bob's sunflowers are available for U-pick. There are also snack and craft vendors on site. The festival takes place Aug. 15–30; book timed tickets and read about safety procedures online. Admission is $10 per person on weekdays, $15 per person on weekends; flowers and other items for purchase. Kids younger than 2 enter for free.
2. Berries and Blooms Festival, Aug. 21–23, 25–30, Sept. 4–6
This sunflower fest takes place at Mountainview Blueberry Farm in Snohomish and features — you guessed it — blueberries! Alongside the sunflowers, of course. Admission includes a wander in the sunflower and blueberry fields, plus a pint of heirloom blueberries to take home. Admission to the festival for ages 3 and older is $12.95 advance or $15.95 day of; ages 2 and younger enter free. Book tickets online. (Third weekend just added!)
3. Sunflowers in Snohomish, Aug. 21–23, 28–30
Thomas Family Farm hosts its second annual celebration of sunflowers. Timed tickets include one hour strolling the 8 acres of sunflower fields and one bloom to take home. Additional sunflowers and food are available for purchase. Thomas Family Farm typically has kids' activities, but note that these are closed now. Admission is $20 for ages 6 and older; kids ages 5 and younger enter free. Buy tickets online.
4. Maris Farms Sunflower Festival, Aug. 21–24, 26–30
Maris Farms in Buckley is another farm well known for its pumpkin crop. This year it's getting in on the sunflower bounty and inviting families to enjoy the farm. Entry includes one sunflower to take home and a possible wagon ride, COVID-19 safety regulations permitting. Guests can buy additional sunflowers if they'd like, and this farm promises a multitude of different colored blooms beyond the traditional golden yellow. Buy timed tickets and read about safety rules online, in advance. Tickets are $16 for ages 12–64; $12 for kids ages 3–11, $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, and free for ages 2 and younger.
5. Schilter Family Farm Sunflower Experience, Aug. 22–23, 29–30
Find this family farm in the Nisqually River Delta, just off Interstate 5 northeast of Olympia. Entry to the festival includes a wagon ride to the 5 acres of sunflower fields, planted with over 30 varieties in a range of colors and sizes. Snap your pics in the fields and enjoy a snack from food vendors. Cost of admission includes one bloom; additional U-pick flowers available for purchase. Advance ticket purchase required; buy timed tickets and read about safety procedures online. Tickets are $16 for ages 13–54; $10 for ages 3–12, $12 for seniors ages 55 and older and those with a military I.D., and free for ages 2 and younger.
6. Rutledge Corn Maze Sunflower Festival, Sept. 5–6, 12–13
Snap your photos wandering among the 3 acres of sunflowers planted at the Rutledge family farm; they've also set up a platform for a beautiful, over-the-fields view. Enjoy live music, purchase food and drink from vendors, and select your special sunflower bloom (included in the ticket price). Buy timed tickets and read about safety procedures online. Admission costs $16 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 5–11, and free for ages 4 and younger (does not include sunflower but does include a wagon ride, safety regulations permitting). Book soon as time slots are filling fast. Additional sunflowers will be available for purchase.
7. Washington State Sunflower Fields, Sept. 19–20, 26–27
Find a sunflower bounty at Stocker Farms in Snohomish, another site famous for its pumpkins and other fall festivities. This fest has adult beverages on offer, in addition to fields of gorgeous sunflowers for your photo op and additional blooms available for purchase. Read about the farm's COVID-19 safety rules online; ticket purchase link is not yet live so check back.
Bonus: U-cut sunflowers at Sterino Farms, Aug. 22–23, 29–30; Sept. 5–6, 12–13
This isn't a festival, but the sunflower field at Sterino Farms in Puyallup is open weekends for u-cut sunflowers at $2 a stem. And of course you can snap beautiful pics among the blooms. They also have a farm stand where you can stock up on tasty, farm-fresh produce.