The 27th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs through April 30 in and around the fields and display gardens of La Conner and Mount Vernon.
Events include a street fair, boat tours, a parade and a quilt show. Most activities are free.
Find information on the festival by calling 360-428-5959 or looking online at www.tulipfestival.org.
But a community festival would not be complete without live music.
In this spirit, The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington and Skagit Tulip Festival organizers present “Battle of the Bands 2010.”
The competition, set to start at 3 p.m. each Saturday, April 3, 10 and 17, will pit 16 groups against each other, with several groups playing each day in an effort to claim more than $1,000 in prizes.
The performances will take place across from the Jones New York store in the Outlet Shoppes center, 448 Fashion Way, Burlington.
The three finalist groups will perform April 24 in the same location.
For more details on the competition, call 360-757-3548.