We love the Swan Island Dahlia’s and try to visit each year. This year we made it out on a cloudy morning which was lovely and the fields were full of color.
There are so many different types and colors of dahlias and they have the name of each posted on each row. Make sure to take the short walk around the test garden too, to see future dahlias. The field is open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm and the gift shop opens at 10am. If you are going on a festival day there will be live music, vendors and food.
Admission is free and we would recommend getting there as close to opening as possible to avoid some of the crowd.
This year we skipped the actual festival days and opted for a more low-key viewing of the fields. The fields are open 8am-6pm daily all through August and September. The Dahlia Festival is August 25th, 26th, 27th and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 10am-6pm.
We really enjoyed the quieter and less busy viewing and the flowers were all basically in full bloom. All the other flowers being displayed were wonderful as well.
We always love checking out the Swan Island Dahlia’s and it’s definitely our favorite flower festival in Oregon!
While you’re there make sure to check out the koi pond and gift shop.
It had been a couple years since we last visited the Dahlia Festival and not much has changed, it’s still a great flower display!
There are two large fields with rows of dahlias. Make sure you read the signs and don’t walk down the rows (like you can at the tulip festival). If you’re taking pictures you’ll have to do so of the flowers along the edges. There were a ton of different types of dahlias and they all have very interesting and sometimes funny names.
If you go during the festival weekends they have an indoor display, live music, food vendors, and demonstrations. It can get busy during festival weekends, we got there as soon as they opened and it wasn’t so bad. By the time we left it was getting packed though. There are no entrance or parking fees.
We highly recommend checking this place out, it’s our favorite flower display and a nice way to cap off the end of summer!