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 mid-August and 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.
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
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, August 18, 23-25, and August 30-September 1, 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.
For $10, you’ll receive access to the sunflower maze and hayrides. Kids 12 months and under are free to attend. Other activities at the farm include the animal barnyard, playgrounds, farm store and concessions. The farm store will be open, food trucks will be onsite with food for purchase, and McBee’s Bakery will be selling soft serve ice cream.
The festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free.
For more information, visit the farm’s Facebook event.
I want to be very upfront with all my frugal-minded readers out there that this one is pushing the price limits of what we like to share to this blog. That being said, there are certain days you can visit that cost less. From August 17-25, Lee Farms in Tualatin is hosting its annual sunflower celebration.
General admission is $12 on weekdays and $18 on weekends, and includes a wagon ride, access to the sunflower fields and one bloom (any kind of flower). You can upgrade to an activities bracelet for $18 on weekdays and $25 on weekends, which includes a hay ride, one flower bloom, access to farm and sunflower fields, and a bunch of fun kids activities. Kids age 2 and under are free to attend.
If you do visit on Saturday, you can stay and watch the sunset over the sunflower fields. Also 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.
Make the most of this sunflower festival by attending on a weekday when admission is cheaper.
Festival hours are 12-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday. Parking is free.
For more information about the festival, visit Lee Farms’ website.
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