A giant bouquet of sunflower festivals is back, 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 the city hustle and bustle. Read on for seven sunflower festivals taking place around Seattle this August and September.
1. Berries and Blooms Festival, Tuesday–Sunday through Sept. 5
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.
Info: Admission is $19.95 in advance; $24.95 day of; ages 2 and younger enter free. Add on a butterfly release experience on weekends at noon or 2 p.m. ($9.95). Book tickets online.
2. Rutledge Corn Maze Sunflower Festival, Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 14–22
Snap your photos while wandering among the 4 acres of sunflowers planted at beautiful Rutledge family farm; they've also set up a platform for an over-the-fields view. Enjoy live music, purchase food and drink from vendors, and select your special sunflower bloom (included in the ticket price).
Info: Admission costs $16 for ages 12 and older in advance ($25 at the gate); $10 for ages 5–11 ($15 at the gate); kids ages 4 and younger enter free (does not include sunflower but does include a wagon ride, safety regulations permitting). Additional sunflowers will be available for purchase. Book timed tickets online.
3. Bob's Corn Sunflower Experience, daily Aug. 14–Sept. 17
Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm, famous for its fall pumpkin festivities, invites families to wander among 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 snack and craft vendors onsite.
Info: Admission is $12.95 per person on weekdays; $17.95 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.
4. Maris Farms Sunflower Festival, weekends and select Fridays, Aug. 14–Sept. 19
Maris Farms in Buckley is another farm well known for its bumper pumpkin crop. It's getting in on the sunflower bounty again this year and inviting families to enjoy the farm. Entry includes access to 7 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'd like, and this farm promises a multitude of different colored blooms beyond the traditional golden yellow.
Info: Tickets are $18 for ages 11–64; $16 for kids ages 3–10, and free for ages 2 and younger. Buy timed tickets and read about safety rules online, in advance.
5. Sunflowers in Snohomish, daily Aug. 16–Sept. 2
Thomas Family Farm hosts its third annual celebration of sunflowers. Tickets on the weekdays include a U-cut option for sunflowers ($3 per bloom) and strolling the 10 acres of fields. Weekend tickets include a sunflower maze, kite-flying fields and one bloom to take home. Additional sunflowers and food items are available for purchase. There is a butterfly release on Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
Info: Weekday admission is $10; weekend admission is $17.95; kids ages 5 and younger enter free. Butterfly release is $7.78. Book tickets online.
6. Lora Lee's A-Maze-Zing Sunflowers, Friday–Monday, through Sept. 13
Head to Lora Lee's in Duvall to try navigating your way through the gorgeous sunflower maze, plus pick blooms to take home from the fields of flowers.
Info: Maze admission is $15 for ages 13 and older; $10 ages 5–12; 4 and younger enter free. No fee to enter cutting fields; pay $2 per bloom and they'll wrap your bouquet for you.
7. Schilter Family Farm Sunflower Experience, Friday–Sunday, Sept. 10–19
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.
Info: Advance tickets cost $8–$16; ages 2 and younger enter free. Book timed tickets online or pay at the gate (increased price).
8. Sunflower Fields at Stocker Farms, Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 18–26
Find a sunflower bounty at Stocker Farms in Snohomish, another site famous for its pumpkins and other fall festivities. This experience has adult beverages on offer, in addition to fields of gorgeous sunflowers for your photo op and additional blooms available for purchase.
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Bonus: U-cut sunflowers at Sterino Farms, Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 14–Sept. 6
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 fresh produce.