The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30.

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Tulip fields are in colorful bloom at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival throughout the valley between Mount Vernon and La Conner. Festival events run April 1 to 30, with bloom times “according to Mother Nature,” this year expected to peak the first two weeks of April.

Take a scenic drive in the country past fields in bloom using information from the frequently updated online bloom map, or call or stop by the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Office in Mount Vernon for information.

Large fields also bloom adjacent to the two display gardens, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town, the centerpiece of the festival daily through April. Both have large display gardens with a variety of tulips and other spring flowers. If you’re inspired to bring a bit of the Tulip Festival home for your own garden, bulb ordering is available for fall planting.

Tulip Festival Office

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April

Location: 311 W. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon

More info: 360-428-5959 or TulipFestival.org or lovelaconner.com/laconner-blog/skagit-valley-tulip-festival

Roozengaarde

Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through April

Cost: $5/person, $4/military with ID; ages 5 and younger free; includes parking at off-site Roozengaarde/WBC fields when available

Location: 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon

More info: 360-424-8531 or tulips.com

Tulip Town

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April, later if weather permits

Cost: $6; ages 5 and younger free; trolley rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, $1-$2

Location: 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon

More info: 360-424-8152 or tuliptown.com

Tulip Pedal

Time: start 7 a.m. to noon April 16, La Conner Elementary School

Cost: $35-$40; ages 14 and younger free

More info:active.com/la-conner-wa/cycling/races/safe-kids-tulip-pedal-2016?int=

La Conner Not So Impromptu Tulip Parade

Time: 2 p.m. April 9, First Street, La Conner

Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17, Mount Vernon

Roozengaarde has a 4-acre display garden, 30-acre tulip field, gift shop, snacks and cut tulips. Garden admission includes parking at Roozengaarde’s off-site tulip fields around the valley, when available, depending on weather conditions. (Many fields are drive-by only, with no parking available on two-lane country roads.)

Tulip Town includes a display garden, trolley rides through the fields, indoor flower display, art gallery, cut flowers and snacks. Fields are often wet and muddy, so wear appropriate footwear if you venture beyond the display gardens and indoor displays. Pets aren’t permitted at either garden.

Skagit County farms produce more tulip, daffodil and iris bulbs than any other region of the United States. Colorful assortments of cut tulips are available for sale at the display gardens, but most tulips are grown to sell as bulbs and must be topped, or cut down, while they’re still healthy to promote the health of the bulbs.

Traffic is usually heavy on weekends on Skagit Valley roads. Early arrival by 9 a.m., or later in the afternoon after 3 p.m., or weekdays, are less crowded. Bike rides through the mostly flat area are a good way to see the fields, on organized rides like the April 16 Tulip Pedal 20-, 40- and 60-mile routes as a fundraiser for Safe Kids Skagit County, or on your own.

There’s a variety of art shows, sales, tours and farm events around the area through April, with special events including the La Conner Not So Impromptu Tulip Parade on April 9 and the Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair, April 15-17.