Annual Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival


Sunday, March 17, 2019  from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM     2019 car show also

The Wistaria Vine is a blooming plant reported to be the world's largest in world will be on display during the Annual Wistaria Festival.   The massive vine bears delicately scented lavender blooms, the color we most often associate with wistaria (also spelled, "wisteria").

Visitors are invited to stroll beneath the arbor supporting the branches of the 112-year-old vine (planted in 1894 and of the Chinese lavender variety), displaying more than a million blossoms, it is 1 acre in size and and estimated to weigh at least 250 tons. That must be one sturdy garden arbor!

Downtown Sierra Madre is also changed in to an open market with all kind of craft and food.
The free downtown arts and crafts fair has about 175 vendors selling hand-crafted items, food and childrens' activities.

So old and large is this wistaria that the town of Sierra Madre honors its famous flora with a festival each spring. While tickets to view the vine are sold in advance (the plant is actually growing in a private backyards).

The festival, which includes strolling musicians, food booths and a classic car show, is free to all. Look for the party where Sierra Madre Blvd. intersects Baldwin Ave.,  And if you don't get to see the vine,  the outdoor festival is worth a trip to Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre’s wistaria vine has been named “The World’s Largest Blossoming Plant” by the Guinness Book of World Records, weighs approximately 250 tons, has over 1.5 million blossoms and is truly one of nature’s finest wonders. It is located on a private Sierra Madre property, so the opportunity to see this vine is a treat.

At this writing: Shuttle tickets to see the vine and Pinney House are $10.   Vine viewing will be open until 4:00 p.m.

Call the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce for more information on visiting the vine (a timed ticket is required to help the flow of flower fans).