La Conner festivals draw thousands to the small, artsy town every year. These range from year-long events to quick, jam-packed weekends of fun.
The annual Tulip Festival is world-renowned. Flower experts and novices alike flood this La Conner festival every April to absorb fields upon fields of bright colors and fragrances. Visitors who are looking for a free weekend of entertainment can watch the parade, participate in the basketball tournament, and meet local artists as they display their works. Those who are willing to spend money at this wonderful La Conner festival can embark on a helicopter ride, relax all evening tasting regional wines, or spend a day on a guided bicycle tour. Though the flowers bloom at their own accord (sometimes a week into the month), this La Conner festival guarantees entertainment every single day of April.
Every February, the Rotary Club hosts the "world's only Smelt derby", a lively La Conner festival that inspires the many participants to wake up the crack of dawn and compete with others to catch the largest Smelt in the La Conner Channel. For those not inclined to fish, the La Conner festival also includes 5k and 10k walks, as well as a pancake breakfast for the whole family. This annual event has gone on for decades, and the fun that ensues every year guarantees that it will continue for years to come.
The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is a year-long La Conner festival that displays art from some of the most accomplished artists in the Northwest. The winners of this competition have their sculptures displayed throughout town for the rest of the year, providing La Conner with an impressive, ever-changing array of public art. Well-known artists such as Arno Zielke, Phillip Levine, and Pam Hom have their items on display.
La Conner festivals geared toward art do not stop with the exhibit. In July, the "Skagit Artists Together" tour begins with a weekend of shops, galleries, and individual artists opening their studios to the public. Visitors can see the workings of the artists' minds as well as many of their completed projects. To complete the weekend, guests can take advantage of the beautiful La Conner lodging, shopping, and restaurants.
Every September, the La Conner Classic Yacht and Car Show draws hundreds of visitors. In addition to the main attractions, La Conner festival-goers take advantage of local vendors, restaurants, and outdoor barbecues. For just a $3 entry fee, families can be entertained for the entire weekend. Honors are even awarded for guests' favorite boats and cars, ensuring that everyone is involved in this exciting La Conner festival.
Throughout the year, La Conner boasts events of every size and type. Before you visit, check ahead to see what fun you can expect!