Flower Festival @ Pike Place Market
Daffodils, lilies, tulips, oh my! 🌷
May 13th – 14th • 11 am – 4pm
Seattle spring is the best time of year. It’s the moment when the perma-gloom of winter begins to fade and the sun coaxes the tulips, daffodils, flowering quince, and camellias into bloom. The musky smell of these blooming flowers engulfs the city–especially in tree-dense neighborhoods–and a sunshine-induced serotonin rush seems to collectively hit every Seattleite’s brain at the same time. It’s truly a magical and PNW-specific experience!
That exact spring moment often coincides with Mother’s Day. And one way to celebrate both the good weather and the mother figure(s) in your life is by checking out Pike Place Market’s 15th Annual Flower Festival. For two days, over 35 flower farms from King, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties will set up shop at Pike Place with their gorgeous wares ready for your eyes and nose to inspect.
Peruse the colorful varieties of iris, lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs with mommy dearest and take home a bouquet or two. Gulp down cider from Martin Family Orchards and Tiny’s Organic or cool down with some gourmet ice cream from Lyden, WA’s Silver Springs Creamery. The festival also has an impressive lineup of buskers, which includes the sweet stylings of guitarists like Nikhil Bagga and Lucia Flores-Wiseman. If you need any incentive to get there early, on both days Pike Place is also offering the first 500 shoppers who spend over $50 the chance to receive a limited-edition Flower Festival tote bag. And, truly, nothing says “spring” like a tote!
📸: Courtesy Pike Place Market PDA
Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.