It’s harvest time in the Pacific Northwest. One crop that brings universal admiration for its lofty stalks and full faced color is the sunflower. Portland sunflower festivals are opening in August and September, inviting our community to come take in this bloom while it lasts.
Portland has many incredible you-pick farms. Two of these farms, located just a short drive from your Portland neighborhood, are hosting sunflower festivals. Each has its own list of activities for your whole family to enjoy.
This year, the farms are taking special precautions to maintain social distancing. This includes assigned visit times you'll choose during the online ticketing process.
Before setting out to the farm, I recommend packing a lunch, a nice blanket and plenty of water. Once you're done soaking in the sun with the flowers, you'll find plenty of shady spots and picnic benches to sit down and enjoy your surroundings. These farms are beautiful and highlight the artistry of our local farming communities.
These sunflower blooms will only be here for a short time. There is a chance that you might arrive at the farm during the tail end of the festival to find a dismal field. Please check the farms' social media for updates on the blooms.
Portland Sunflower Festivals
Plumper Pumpkin Patch
September 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
If you have never been to this farm, I highly recommend it. It has a wonderful small farm feel in one of the rare rural areas of Portland. Held on the weekends, Plumper Pumpkin Patch invites you to a sunflower maze. This 2-acre attraction will wind you through a mesmerizing field of sky high blooms with plenty of photo opportunities.
General admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for youth under 12 and seniors over 60. Your ticket includes a u-cut sunflower to take home. Your visit will feature the 2-acre sunflower field, farm animals and tasty treats at the farm store. The farm is also hosting special evening for photography and date night.
The festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free.
More information available at 2020 Sunflower Festival at Plumper Pumpkin Patch.
This year, Lee Farms annual sunflower celebration in Tualatin has new precautions to keep the public safe, including limiting the number of guests to 25% of total capacity.
General admission (ages 11 and up) is $12 per person and youth general admission (ages 3-10) is $10. The website states that this is early bird ticket pricing. Prices are likely to increase to $18 per adult, $15 per kid. You can also purchase tickets for a future visit onsite at these increased prices. Kids age 2 and under are free to attend.
On Saturday and Sunday, live music, wine and beer will be available on site. Food options and items from the bakery and farm market are available for purchase during the festival.
Festival hours are 10-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free.
View more information about the 2020 Lee Farms Sunflower Festival.
Sunflower Fields near Portland
West Union Gardens
August 31-September 30
Located conveniently close in Hillsboro, West Union Gardens has its second planting of sunflowers in bloom.
Advance purchase of tickets from the gardens' website is required. West Union Gardens will be offering “Morning” tickets, for sunflower field access from sunrise to 2 p.m., and “Golden Hour” tickets, for access from 2 p.m. until sunset. Tickets are $5 per person.
The sunflower field is open sunrise to sunset, 7 days per week.
Find our more about the Sunflower Field at West Union Gardens.
August 14-16, 21-23
This farm in Hood River grows a u-cut sunflower field every year. If you’re looking for a fun day trip to a picture perfect destination, make sure you get to this sunflower field before the bloom is over.
To visit the sunflowers, you’ll need to buy a field access pass online before your visit (no same day sales at the farm).
Field access passes are $6 per person for one hour in the field and two u-cut sunflowers. On the ticket page, you’ll choose the date of your visit as well as your time of arrival. You can also add on more u-cut blooms to your purchase. The pass is required for everyone age 2 and up. There are limited spots available per day.
The sunflower field is open 10 am. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free.
Find out more about the Sunflower Field at Packer Orchards.
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