In the late-summer lull after summer berry picking comes to an end, and before the fall harvest activities begin, lives a giant bouquet of sunflower festivals, and wandering among the towering blooms can make for a lovely family outing. Snap some pics, marvel at the giant stalks, and enjoy a break from the city hustle and bustle.
Read on for sunflower festivals and sunflower fields around Seattle welcoming visitors this summer and early fall.
1. Mountainview Berries and Blooms Festival, Friday–Sunday, July 28–Sept. 3
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, furnishing loads of photo ops.
Info: Admission is $19.95 day of; ages 2 and younger enter free. Add on a butterfly release experience on weekends ($9.95). Book tickets online.
2. U-Pick Sunflowers at 21 Acres Farm, Wednesday–Sunday, through mid-September
Lovely 21 Acres Farm welcomes visitors to its sunflower fields any time that the 21 Acres Farm Market is open. Market hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Info: Stop by the market for a jar and some clippers and head to the fields to cut your bouquet. A jarful of blooms costs $12.
3. Lora Lee’s A-Maze-ing Sunflower Maze, Thursday–Monday as available starting Aug. 11
This farm has cooked up not just one, but two mazes through the sunflower fields. Fun! But be sure to double check opening date — the sunflower blooms don’t keep a set schedule. Bring the whole family (but no dogs, please) to wander through mazes of beautiful blooms. While you’re there, admire the friendly goats.
Info: Admission is $15 for ages 13 years and older; $10 for ages 5–12; kids ages 4 and younger enter free. Dates are dependent on availability of sunflowers, so check the Facebook page for the latest updates.
4. Knutson Farms Sunflower Days, Aug. 11–13 and 18–20
Knutson Farms in Sumner offers lots to do, see and eat at this annual end-of-summer celebration. Your entry includes a hayride, farm animals to visit, kids’ activities and yes, access to fields of gorgeous sunflowers.
August 20 is Dog Day. Dogs are invited to the farm (on-leash only) for some fun in the sun! Dog Day tickets are an additional $5 and a liability waiver must be signed for your furry friend to attend.
Info: Admission is $15; ages 2 and younger are free. $5 for U-pick field pass only (includes two stems). $2 for each additional stem. Book tickets at Knutson Farms’ website.
5. Sunflower Patch at Thomasson Family Farm, Aug. 11–13 and 18–20
Spend the day wandering the five-acre sunflower field adorned with thousands of blooms ranging in shades of yellow to red at Enumclaw’s Thomasson Family Farm. Admission includes one free bloom, a wagon ride, yard games and a kids’ area with lots of popular activities.
Info: Advance tickets are available for $15; ages 2 and younger enter free. Book tickets online or pay at the gate ($17). Additional flowers are available to purchase at $1 per bloom.
6. Maris Farms Sunflower Festival, Aug. 12–13, 19–20 and 26–27
Maris Farms in Buckley is a farm well known for its annual bumper pumpkin crop. It’s getting in on the sunflower bounty again and inviting families to enjoy the farm. The addition of zinnias make for a feast of color. Entry includes access to several acres of flower fields, tons of farm games and activities, and one U-cut bloom to take home. Guests can buy additional sunflowers if they like, and this farm promises more than 20 different varieties of brilliantly colored sunflower blooms.
Info: Tickets are $20 for ages 11–64; $18 for kids ages 3–10; and free for ages 2 and younger. Buy tickets online, in advance.
7. Sunflowers in Snohomish, daily Aug. 14–31
Thomas Family Farm hosts its fifth annual celebration of sunflowers. Tickets for weekday entry include a U-cut option for sunflowers ($3 per bloom), entry into the sunflower maze and strolling the 10 acres of fields. Weekend tickets include access to the sunflower maze, fun park and one bloom to take home. Additional sunflowers and food items are available for purchase. A butterfly release is planned for August 26 at 3 p.m.
Info: Weekday admission is $12; weekend admission is $20; kids ages 5 and younger enter free. Butterfly release is $29 and includes admission. Book tickets online.
8. U-Cut Sunflowers at Frisky Girl Farm, weekends Aug. 12–Oct. 1
This isn’t a festival, but the half-mile sunflower field at Frisky Girl Farm in North Bend opens weekends for U-cut sunflowers. And of course, you can snap beautiful pics among the blooms. Frisky Girl also has a farm stand where you can stock up on fresh produce.
There farm stand is open weekends only, check Facebook for the U-cut flower schedule.
Info: Enter for $10 and fill a large cup for $15, or $5 for a small cup.
9. Rutledge Corn Maze Sunflower Festival, select dates Aug. 19–Sept. 4
Snap your photos while wandering among the four acres of sunflowers planted at beautiful Rutledge family farm; a platform provides a unique over-the-fields view. Enjoy kids’ activities in the courtyard, wagon rides and selecting your special sunflower bloom (included in the ticket price).
Info: Buy tickets online to save a bit. Admission costs $16 for ages 12 and older in advance for weekend dates ($25 if you buy tickets at the gate); $12 for weekday entrance ($20 at the gate); $10 for ages 5–11 on weekends ($15 at the gate), $8 weekdays ($12 at the gate); kids ages 4 and younger enter free. Additional sunflowers will be available for purchase. Book timed tickets online, or pay at the gate (higher price).
10. Bob’s Corn Sunflower Experience, daily Aug. 19–Sept. 9
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm, famous for its fall pumpkin festivities, invites families to enjoy 50 varieties of sunflowers planted on 12 acres of its Snohomish-area farm. Wander among the blooms and take a bundle home — Bob’s sunflowers are available for U-pick. There are also snacks and other vendors on-site, plus plenty of fun activities for the kids.
Info: Admission is $15.95 online ($19.95 at door) per person on weekdays, $20.95 online ($24.95 at door) per person on weekends; flowers and other items for purchase. A discount is offered for seniors and military; tots age 1 and younger enter free. Book timed tickets online.
11. Spooner Sunflower Festival, Aug. 25–27 and Sept. 1–3
Spend a sunny, summer day among the sunflowers at Spooner Farms. Check out multiple varieties growing in the field as you enjoy a leisurely tractor ride. Before heading home, stop by the farm store down the road for some berries and fresh produce.
Info: Entry is $12 for ages 6 and older, which includes 5 flowers; $6 for ages 3 to 5 years (includes 3 flowers); and free for ages 2 and younger.
12. Schilter Family Farm Sunflower Experience, Sept. 8–10; and 14–17
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 a wide variety of blooms in a range of colors and sizes. Snap your pics in the fields while the kids enjoy a romp in the playground and other fun activities. Cost of admission includes one bloom; additional U-pick flowers available for purchase.
Info: Advance tickets cost $11–$16; ages 2 and younger enter free. Book tickets online or pay at the gate (increased price).
13. Sunflower Fields at Stocker Farms, Sept. 16–17, 23–24 and Oct. 1
You will discover a sunflower bounty at Stocker Farms in Snohomish, another site famous for its pumpkin crop and other fall festivities. This experience affords visiting families fields of gorgeous sunflowers for photo ops as well as additional blooms available for purchase.
Info: Purchase tickets online, beginning Sept. 4.
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