Travel Oregon - Swan Island Dahlias Annual Dahlia Festival

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If you love dahlias, flowers in general, or just have an appreciation for natural beauty, then a visit to the Swan Island Dahlias' Annual Dahlia Festival is a must if you live in or plan to visit the Portland, Oregon area Labor Day weekend or the weekend prior.

I happen to be all three: a dahlia lover, a flower lover, and a complete nerd for all things nature. So this past weekend, Tucker and I made the short drive down to Canby, Oregon for the first weekend of this year's festival.

The festival features three indoor display rooms with over 400 floral arrangements and 15,000 cut dahlia blooms on display, with each variety labeled so customers can purchase tubers of their favorite blooms.

While the indoor displays are stunning, I enjoyed strolling through the 30 acres of blooms they have open to the public with a brew from Seven Brides Brewing in hand. 

In addition to tasty craft beer provided by Seven Brides Brewing, the festival also features food booths and refreshments from several other local businesses:

The festival is fun for the whole family with live music from 12pm to 4pm daily, a balloon artist, and face painting.

The first weekend of this year's festival has passed, but there is still time to visit this weekend. The festival continues this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 3rd through 5th with the indoor display open 10am to 6pm and the outdoor fields open 8am to 6pm.

There is plenty of parking, and admission to the event is free.

Just make sure you remember your camera -- 150 pictures later, and I think that I just may have taken enough! ;)

Of course, I had to grab a bunch of their cut stems to take home and brighten up our little home sweet home for a few days to come. I chose the Taboo variety shown below.  

I mean, $7 for a big bunch of these bad boys? Yes, please. Take all of my money.

Can't make it out to the festival this weekend? These gorgeous fields are open 7 days a week from August 1st through September (into October if the weather allows) from 8am to 6pm. Bring a lunch and dine at a picnic table among the blooms!

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