Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
As you may know from my recent post about Portland’s swoon worthy flower scene, I have been a little obsessed with flowers this Spring. I’ve worked tirelessly (not really) to find the most gorgeous flowers to share with you all. Last weekend, Adam and I visited Woodburn, Oregon for their annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Here you’ll find 40 acres of stunningly colorful tulips to gaze upon. We were having some beautiful weather so I was thrilled to get to the festival and take some shots. Unfortunately, so did everyone else! It didn’t help that it was Easter and, unbeknownst to us, the festival is highly catered to kids. Cue A TON of families wanting to also get that perfect shot. I’m sure you can see why!
What To Expect At The Festival
- Weekends will be more crowded, so if you are looking to go as a photographer, weekdays will be better. If you are more interested in the festival than the photos, weekends have more activities, including tethered hot air balloon rides! Make sure to check their schedule first. Here’s the full list.
- Just like any other festival, food and water are expensive. Adam paid $4 for his tiny bottled water. They have lots of fried food and treats so come hungry!
- Come wearing your rain boots! Oregon has rainy weather during Spring so although your cute shoes might look better in your photos, they won’t look cute when you leave. For a couple of photos, my feet were fully submerged in water.
- Entry fee to the festival is $5. We were not aware of this until we drove up to the gate! Luckily we had cash on us. You can also buy tickets online.
- If you put directions to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival into your GPS, it will take you the wrong way. Type in Woodburn, Oregon and then follow the signs to the festival! Or go old school and print out directions.
- Do not pick the flowers! I saw so many people doing this and it was so frustrating! Bring some extra cash if you are planning on buying some freshly cut tulips. You’ll be helping local farmers and you won’t be being an asshole.
- Want to make sure the weekend you choose to go has plenty of flower power? Check the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival’s field report for updates!
What are your favorite local festivals? I’d love to hear about them!