Show Information & Frequently Asked Questions
Below, you'll find the Festival hours, parking information, public transit routes, and other helpful tips to make the best of your Festival visit.
Dates & Hours
Wednesday, February 26 - March 1, 2020
Wednesday - Saturday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street - on the corner of 7th and Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
DRIVING & PARKING
There are many parking choices around the event. The Convention Center garage and Freeway Park Garage are conveniently located near the convention center. Please see the map for details. Height restrictions are 6’5″ for WSCC and 6’9″ for Freeway Park Garage.
The City of Seattle has a handful of parking lots with real time stats on available spots. Look for the e-park signs at participating garages with real time information. Click HERE and HERE for information on downtown parking lots.
There is also a service called SpotHero that allows you to reserve a parking spot ahead of time. SpotHero is not affiliated with the Festival and is a third party service.
We STRONGLY encourage everyone to take public transportation to and from the show. It is safe, fast and very convenient.
The Link light rail travels from Sea-Tac airport all the way to the University of Washington. Westlake Station in downtown Seattle is just blocks from the entrance to the show. Click here for times, maps and more info on the Seattle Link Light Rail.
The Sounder train is also a fantastic option for those coming from Everett to Lakewood. View the schedule here: soundtransit.org
Are you coming from North Seattle? If so, King County Metro Route 41 has a direct route from the Northgate Park n’ Ride to Convention Place. Click here for a detailed time table, map, and more. Just one block south of the main entrance to the show, King County Metro has a bus stop which services buses from all over the region. Bus routes 10, 11, 14, 41, 43, 49, 84, 306, 308, 312, and 522 all have a stop at 6th and Pike. Please visit metro.kingcounty.gov for more information and to create a custom trip.
If public transportation is not an option for you, then keep in mind that the parking garage at the Convention Center tends to fill VERY QUICKLY. You can check the following sites for an updated map of current parking lots: downtownseattle.org/parking AND seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/parking-program/e-park
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased on this website save money and avoid the line at the box office. Tickets can also be purchased at a local retailer starting December 1st or on-site during the show.
I'm unable to find my tickets!
Have your ticket confirmation email resent to you by visiting the following link: tix123.com/tix123/Resend.cfm
What are the least crowded times to visit the Festival?
Plan to visit during the late afternoon and evenings to avoid larger crowds.
How long should I plan to stay at the show?
Generally, the show will take between a minimum of 4 to 5 hours to see, depending on your itinerary at the show. Plan to spend ample time with our many seminars and varied exhibitors - they are a valuable resource for your gardening questions.
Do you have hotel recommendations?
The Northwest Garden & Flower Festival has arranged special rates with many of Seattle’s finest hotels. These rates usually include discounts on meals and parking too. Most hotels are an easy walk to the Convention Center where the Festival is held. For more details, visit our hotel partner's website.
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What is the best way to get to the Festival? Is parking available?
For directions, parking details, and other transportation options, please scroll up to the section before our FAQ's. We strongly recommend taking public transit to the Festival. Otherwise, the Convention Center garage and Freeway Park Garage are convenient parking locations near the convention center.
Is there a place to leave plants and other purchases during the day?
Yes! There is a FREE package check station located in the center of the show, across from the Skybridge Lobby. The Guest Services page can provide you with more details.
I can’t attend, so can I get a refund?
No, but the ticket can be given away to family or friend - it's valid any day of the show. This policy is no different than a sporting event or concert.
Is the Convention Center accessible to disabled persons? Are there wheelchairs available? Where is parking for disabled persons?
Yes, the Convention Center is ADA accessible with disabled parking available in the Convention Center garage under the Convention Center. Due to insurance restrictions, the Convention Center does not have wheelchairs available, so you should plan to bring your own or rent from a local company who will deliver to the show. Check our Guest Services page for our third party recommendations.
Please know that it can be difficult to navigate through the show during peak hours (9am – 2pm) and on the weekend days.
Can I leave and re-enter?
Yes! We offer daily re-entry, so be sure to get your hand stamped at the Festival entrances. Each Festival ticket is valid for one admission per person per day (unless otherwise noted).
Do you offer senior/military discounts?
At this time, we do not offer senior or military discounts.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes! Groups of 20 or more can buy tickets at a discounted rate through our website. Please call Michelle Derbes at (206) 620-0938 if you'd like to receive hard copy Group tickets.
Are children allowed?
Absolutely! Children ages 12 and under are FREE! Student tickets (Ages 13-23) are available for only $10 and are valid any day of the Show. Please consider using a child backpack instead of strollers to allow you to navigate the show more easily.
Are pets allowed?
The venue does not allow pets at this time, unless they are part of a paid exhibitor's display, or a service animal. Security will be on-site enforcing this rule.
Is food available at the venue?
Yes, the Convention Center operates many food service sites within the Show and around the Convention Center at a range of prices.
Are advance reservations or tickets available for the garden show seminars?
Seminar seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Our three seminar rooms in the Conference Center seat more people than ever before with state-of-the-art A/V technology. Check the complete Seminar Schedule on our website to plan ahead and arrive 15-30 minutes before a seminar starts to be assured of a good seat. Handicapped seating is reserved on the front row, but please arrive early and speak to a staff member.
Is photography allowed (still and video)?
Both still and video photography are encouraged in the garden and other main flower show exhibit areas. However, no photography is allowed during the seminars.
I am with the media and would like to cover the Festival. Who should I contact?
Please contact Courtney Goetz.
How do I find a particular exhibitor at the show?
Click on the "EXHIBITOR LIST" tab on the top of the home page for a full listing. There is also a list of exhibitors in the show guides available at the entrance to the show.
For information on Lost & Found and Coat Check at the show, please visit our Guest Services page.