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Chilliwack Sunflower Festival in 2021

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is a wonderful Fraser Valley event that’s put on by the same folks behind the Chilliwack Tulip Festival in the spring.

Click Chilliwack Sunflower Festival for the event’s official website.

In 2019 the festival opened for the season on August 1st and ran until September 15th. It only ran for about three or so weeks in 2020, from mid-August until the Labour Day Weekend. 2021 dates and details are to be determined.

For details about the event in general see below.

 


Topics in this article include the following:

Where is it? | When is it? | Admission | Weekday Rates| Weekend Rates | Specialty Admission Rates | What to Expect | Shopping at the Festival | Other Info

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Sunflower Festival Bicycle Photo Opportunities

 

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival celebrated its third year of operations in 2020. In 2019 the event featured some 35 different varieties of sunflowers over 17 or so acres of farmland. In 2020 the festival was scaled back a bit, due to COVID-19. It was still a treat to visit though!

In 2020 the event took place on 10 acres of farmland and featured around two dozen different kinds of sunflowers. Pathways were extra wide, to allow for physical distancing, and visitors navigated through the fields in a one-way direction. The same as the year before, the festival also featured a field of dahlias.

 

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

 

Where is the Festival?

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival takes place in the fields of a farm just off the Trans-Canada Highway at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack, which is the same venue as the Chilliwack Tulip Festival about 4 months earlier.

Coming from the Vancouver direction along the #1 Highway, take Exit 109 and turn right onto Yale Road. At Royalwood Avenue you then turn right again (so pretty much right away).

 


See the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival‘s official website for tickets and further information.


 

Activity Signs at Sunflower Festival
Where things are at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

 

When is the Festival?

The festival typically runs from early August until mid-September. In 2019 the event opened on August 1st and closed on September 15th. The 2020 season ran from August 12th until September 13th. 2021 dates and details are to be determined.

 

Days and Times in 2020

In 2020 the festival was open from early morning until early evening. Tickets were sold in one-hour time slots with the first being at 7:00 am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays admission started two hours later, so at 9:00 am. The final hour of entry every day of the week was at 6:00 pm.

 

Days and Times in Typical Years

For reference, hours of operation for the event in 2019 were as follows (and 2021 will likely be similar):

August 1st to 25th (2019): open Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.

August 26th to September 15th (2019): open Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.

There were special Sunrise Openings in 2019 for those who enjoyed taking photographs with the special morning lighting. Weekends included Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2019 times and dates were the following:

  • Weekend of August 9th to 11th – 5:30 am
  • Weekend of August 16th to 18th – 5:45 am
  • Weekend of August 23rd to 25th – 6:00 am
  • Weekend of August 30th to September 1st – 6:15 am

 

Chilliwack Sunflower and Windmill

 

Festival Admission

The cost of admission to the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival depends on your age, when you go and how you purchase your tickets. Adults cost more than youth and seniors, online tickets are less expensive than admission at the gate, and weekdays are cheaper than weekends.

Online prices in 2019 were plus GST and online fees while prices at the gate included GST. Both cash and credit cards were accepted at the gate. In 2020 tickets were only purchased online. Prices included all online fees, although taxes were still extra.

(Note: Admission prices and other details were subject to change.)

 


See the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival‘s official website for tickets and further information.


 

Weekday Admission Rates

As you’ll see below, 2020 weekday rates (Monday to Friday) were slightly cheaper than weekends.

  • Adults (ages 13+): $15 online or $20 on the day at the gate
  • Children (ages 3 to 12): $6 online or $8 on the day at the gate
  • Infants (ages 0 to 2): free

Weekday family passes were also available in 2019, but not in 2020.

 

Chilliwack Sunflowers

 

Weekend Admission Rates

Weekend rates (for Saturdays, Sundays and the Labour Day Monday) in 2020 ranged from $8 to $25 (which compared to between $7 and $20 the year before).

  • Adults (ages 13+): $20 online or $25 on the day at the gate
  • Children (ages 3 to 12): $8 online or $10 on the day at the gate
  • Infants (ages 0 to 2): free

Weekend family passes were also available in 2019, but not in 2020.

 

Specialty Admission Rates in Typical Years

In addition to the above regular weekend and weekday rates, in years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival has also offered the following specialty rates and deals:

Sunrise Opening

Sunrise openings in 2019 took place 30 minutes before sunrise on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tickets for this cost $25 online or $30 at the gate for adults, $10 online or $15 at the gate for youth, and $15 online or $20 at the gate for seniors.

(Note: Sunrise opening admission needed to be purchased by 10 o’clock the night before if buying online. Also, they were not available in 2020.)

Weekday Season’s Pass

The 2019 weekday passes cost $30 per adult and $15 for seniors and youth. They could only be purchased online and couldn’t be used on holiday Mondays (i.e., BC Day and Labour Day). Because the festival operated at a reduced capacity, with fewer people allowed in at any one time, season’s passes were not available in 2020.

Full Season’s Pass

The full season’s pass in 2019 cost $75 for adults and $40 for youth and seniors. It too could only be purchased online and was valid any day of the week during regular hours of operation. Again, season’s passes were not offered in 2020.

 

Dahlia Fields at Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Fields of Dahlias at the Sunflower Festival

 

What to Expect

At the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival you can expect to see fields of beautiful sunflowers. In 2019 there were about 17 acres of flowers in various areas, so up from just 5 or so acres the year before. In 2020 there were about 10 acres total, but with the flowers blooming at various times over the course of the festival.

New for 2019 was a 3-acre field showcasing 54 varieties of dahlias, with some as big as dinner plates. This complemented the 35 varieties of sunflowers and was a great addition to the attraction. In 2020 there were dahlias again, plus half a dozen varieties of gladiolas as well.

At the venue there are typically a few acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers over three metres tall. Weather permitting, on sunny days you can see them all facing in one direction in the morning and then facing the other way in the afternoon.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival also features a special you-pick field where you can buy cut sunflowers as a souvenir (for about $2 per stem in 2019). Most years, on weekends, there are usually a couple of food trucks on site with refreshments for sale.

At the festival, in years when there isn’t a pandemic, there are also activities for children. There is usually a small play structure, real tractors to climb on and a lawn full of games (like bean bag tossing). There is also a Rotary Train on weekends starting in mid-August which is fun for kids. Because of COVID-19, however, 2020 was different.

 

Tractor Display at Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Family fun at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

 

Shopping at the Festival

At the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, in addition to all the flowers to admire, there are also usually things to buy. Below is a list of some of the products for purchase and their prices from 2019.

  • U-pick Field Flowers: $2 per stem
  • Store Cut Sunflowers: $1.50 per stem or 5 stems for $6
  • Mixed Bouquets: prices as marked

There were also bulbs for sale in 2019 at about $10 per bag or 4 bags for $35. Tulips came 10 bulbs in a bag and Double Daffodils came 7 bulbs in a bag.

Ice cream is also usually available on site, as are cold drinks and miscellaneous souvenir items.

 


See the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival‘s official website for tickets and further information.


 

Other Information

For further details about the event see the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival website.

For information about the venue’s spring festival, click Chilliwack Tulip Festival.

For more information about the area click Chilliwack or the Fraser Valley.

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