Lucky for us, stopping to smell the roses has never been easier. Because this year, in honor of all things spring, Utah is hosting a number a flower-filled events at Red Butte Garden and Thanksgiving Point. From exhibits and festivals to a half marathon, 5K and kids run through the tulips, Utah’s flower scene is in full bloom.
To help you celebrate the start of spring, we’ve put together a list of don’t miss flower-inspired events around Utah.
Ashton Gardens Season Opening at Thanksgiving Point: Officially kicking off the spring season on March 26 is Thanksgiving Point’s season opening of Ashton Gardens, which is set on 55-acres and features 15 themed gardens. Highlights include the largest manmade waterfall in the Western Hemisphere, cascading fountains in the Italian Gardens, a spectacular bird’s eye view of the entire grounds from Vista Garden and the chance to explore the grounds Secret Garden. If all that walking tires you out (because let’s be honest, there are 55-acres to explore), you can even rent a golf cart or Segway to see more of the gardens. To plan your visit, click here.
Bulbs and Bloom Festival at Red Butte Garden: Anyone a fan of frolicking through the flowers? Ok, while you can’t exactly frolic through them, you can enjoy the sight of over 450,000 blooming bulbs at the Bulbs & Blooms Festival located at The University of Utah’s Red Butte Garden. The bulbs will be on display throughout the month of April where visitors will find over 227,000 Daffodils and other bulbs including Iris, Allium, Anemone and Camassiato to name a few. The garden will also feature millions of tree blossoms including crabapple, magnolia and flowering pear collections. For additional information on general admission and hours, click here.
Thanksgiving Points 12th Annual Tulip Festival: Another widely popular event at Thanksgiving Point is the annual Tulip Festival, which features nearly 100 varieties of tulips and over 250,000 bulbs originating from Holland that bloom in April to create a dazzling show of colors. Visitors have even likened the display to that of a rainbow because of the many mesmerizing shades of flowers spread throughout the grounds. In addition to its spectacular grounds, the festival also features live music, local vendors and food on Fridays and Saturdays. Interested in attending? Click here to learn more.
Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival Half Marathon, 5K and Kids 1-Mile Run: Not to be outdone by the Tulip Festival, Thanksgiving Point is also known for its memorable half marathon, 5K and kids races, which are set to take place on Saturday, April 30 from 7 am to 11 am and begin and end at Electric Park. There will be hundreds of thousands of tulips in full bloom and stretches of awe-inspiring gardens to keep you motivated throughout your run. To register or volunteer at this year’s event, click here.
Are there any other springtime events in Utah that you like to attend? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below!