More than 2.5 million tulips will be in bloom during the annual Tulip Festival. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Tulip Festival to open early thanks to sun and rain

Gates to open on Saturday, two days earlier than originally expected

It’s almost tulip time.

Bloom, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, is opening this weekend, two days earlier than originally planned.

The festival had been slated to begin on April 15, but organizers say a “perfect mix of sun and showers” has started the tulip season earlier than expected.

While the fields are still weeks away from “high bloom” time, organizers say many rows of tulips are “already starting to blossom.”

The fields will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. thereafter.

The festival is entering its fourth year at its 10-acre North Parallel Road location. Tickets are now available April 9 at abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca.

The popularity of the event has caused parking and traffic issues in recent years. Prices have again been set to encourage people to buy tickets online and visit during weekdays and during evenings.

Fraser Valley residents can pay $4, or $2.50 online, to gain access to the festival on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3 p.m. Other special rates are available for groups, the disabled and on weekend evenings.

By contrast, tickets at the gate for weekends during “high bloom” periods cost $25. Tickets are cheaper if they are bought online or on weekdays.

VIDEO: Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2018

video

Just Posted

Mission students will soon be back in class

A new school year approaches and there have been a few changes over the summer

Pet snake snatched in home robbery

Family devastated, Abbotsford Police Department requesting help from community

Mission City Outlaws open preseason with two wins

Mission defeats Abbotsford, blanks Aldergrove to open 2019-20 exhibition schedule

RCMP, ERT attending incident at Cheam First Nation

Few details are available about the incident, which saw more than a dozen police cars attend

Roads Unknown take to Mission’s Twilight stage

There are only three concerts left is the summer series

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

North Van music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Most Read