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Eager to Get Out of Portland? Beloved Spring Tulip Festival is Back and Ready to Welcome Visitors.

Rose Bak


Photo courtesy of Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

Good news Portland, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is back, and ready for visitors.

This annual festival was canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions at what was then the beginning of the pandemic. With vaccinations getting into arms, cases down, and local jurisdictions loosening restrictions, it’s a great time to check out the fun.

The 37th Annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival takes place at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. It’s just about a 30-mile drive from Portland, so depending on the traffic you can get there in less than an hour.

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival has been one of the top spring attractions in the State of Oregon for years, with thousands of visitors flooding in from the Portland area as well as the rest of the state.

It’s easy to understand why the event is so popular: with 40 acres of blooming tulips and over 100 acres of outdoor space, the festival is really something to see. You can get some incredible views – and take some incredible pictures – all with the magnificence of our beloved Mt. Hood behind you.

The team at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm took advantage of the year off to make the festival bigger and better this year. They have added a gift shop, café, and more kids events including a “cow train” through the fields, rubber duckie races, and pony rides.

Admission includes a host of benefits including:

  • Visits to the tulip fields, miles and miles of colorful flowers
  • Tulip display beds to help you find bulbs you want to order
  • The “Wooden Shoe Gardens”, a 4-acre garden perfect for picnics, weddings, and special events
  • Tray and Hay Wagon Ride
  • Children’s play area
  • Cow wagons to help cart around the little ones on the field
  • Wooden Shoes Vineyard and Wine Tasting Room
  • Tulip Market, with cut flowers, potted bulbs, and pre-order bulbs available
  • Field Greenhouse Tent
  • Red Barn Hemp, with information on the farm’s hemp oil products
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • On-site parking

There’s also a special Tulip Tour Train available daily from noon until 5 p.m. For an additional $10 per person admission, you can take a leisurely 45-minute ride on cushioned seats to see all the best places on the farm. The ride includes access to some great photo opportunities as well.


Photo courtesy of Wood Shoe Tulip Festival

You don’t have to go away hungry. In addition to acres of beautiful flowers, The Tulip Festival includes some fantastic food from the following vendors:

  • Gimme Some Sugar
  • Loco Ono BBQ
  • Alotta Wood Fire Pizza
  • Tidbts Donuts
  • Smith Rock Cofffee
  • Lupita’s Taqueria

Although the festival is available every day from now until May 2nd, there will also be additional options and events on the weekends including:

  • Wooden shoe making demonstrations
  • Stream tractor demonstrations
  • Craft market place
  • Balloon artists
  • Kids play activities
  • Additional food and beverage vendors including lemonade, caramel apples, and other treats.

People who purchased passes to the 2020 festival before it was canceled will have the first opportunity to attend this year’s festivities.

New day passes are being released as space opens up. Seven days before you want to attend you can order your passes online. No “day of” tickets will be sold in order to maintain limited capacity for staff and visitor safety.

You can also use the “field report tool” to see how the blooms are doing when you’re ready to buy your tickets.

As long as you are in the area, you might want to add on other activities and make a day of your trip from Portland. Other great family-friendly activities nearby include Silver Falls State Park, the Oregon Garden or the Aurora National Historical District.

While you’re at the Tulip Festival, you might want to pick up some tulip flower bulbs to bring back for your Portland garden. Tulips do very well in Portland’s microclimate, and when you see the rainbow of flowers blooming in your garden, it will take you right back to your fun visit to Woodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.

For more information on the festival, to buy tickets, or get directions from the Portland area, check out their webpage here.

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Rose Bak is a freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon with her family and special needs dogs. She writes on a variety of topics including local news, homelessness, poverty, relationships, yoga, and aging. She is also a published author of romantic fiction. For more of Rose's work, visit her website at rosebakenterprises.com or follow her on social media @AuthorRoseBak.

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