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Visit The 2017 Albany Tulip Festival

The 69th Annual Tulip Festival: Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 14

The popular Albany Tulip Festival takes place during Mother's Day weekend every year. The annual event boasts over 150 different kinds of tulips, fine arts exhibits, live music and entertainment, and much more - all in celebration of Albany's Dutch heritage!

Tulip Fest Highlights:

pink tulips
  • Over 100,000 tulips in bloom
  • Musical performances by nationally acclaimed artists
  • Street scrubbing on State Street
  • Tulip Queen Coronation
  • Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon
  • Royal Tulip Ball
  • Children’s activities
  • ...and more!

A Touch of Dutch: The Tulip Festival is a time for the city of Albany to celebrate its Dutch heritage as the oldest Dutch settlement in America. Girls in authentic Dutch costumes kick off the festival each year with the traditional scrubbing of State Street.

2017 Schedule of Events

Check back soon for more events as they become available!

Tulip Festival Spring Traditions:

Friday

  • Tulip Tours - 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:30pm
    Washington Park
    Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. This is a free event, but spaces are limited and reservations are required. Call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting.)
  • Carillon Concert - 11:30am - 12:00pm
    Albany City Hall
    Amy Heebner performs a special Tulip Festival musical program on Albany City Hall's historic 1927 carillon, a unique instrument consisting of 49 bells that range in size from 27 to 11,200 pounds.
  • Street Scrubbing - 12:00pm
    State Street and Lodge Street
    The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend for 69 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession with the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2017 Tulip Queen finalists.

Saturday

  • Tulip Queen Coronation Ceremony - 11:30am to 1:00pm
    Washington Park Lakehouse
    11:30am: The Mendelssohn Club of Albany
    11:45am: Tulip Queen Procession (begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
    2016 Tulip Queen Adaviah Ward, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2017 Tulip Queen finalists to the Lakehouse Stage.
    12:00pm Tulip Queen Coronation (Lakehouse Stage)
    Mayor Sheehan and MC Chad O'Hara of B95.5 crown the 69th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.
  • Plus live music »

Sunday

  • KIDZONE - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Washington Park
    Presented by Price Chopper & Market 32
    Take part in interactive activities and arts and crafts with Albany Public Library, the City of Albany Department of Recreation, and the Albany Tulip Court. Enjoy continuous entertainmentat the Price Chopper KidZone Stage, plus pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, facepainting, games, and more fun for the whole family!
  • 19th Annual Mother of The Year Award - 12:00pm
    Washington Park Lakehouse
    Mayor Sheehan and B95.5's Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region's most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter's Health Partners, Times Union, and B95.5, with support from Fidelis Care.
    Nominate your mom »
  • Plus live music »

See the Musical Performance Schedule »

Parking & Shuttles

FREE CDTA shuttle runs continuously to Washington Park from Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle & Madison Ave) & Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & Hawk Streets) throughout the festival.

Handicap parking available at Albany Medical Center lot at Robin & Morris Streets. A free, accessible CDTA shuttle runs to and from the Madison & New Scotland entrance to the park throughout the festival.

Volunteer at Tulip Fest! – Be close to all the action and enjoy great perks as a Tulip Fest volunteer! Call 518.434.5411 to learn about volunteer opportunities.

The Albany Tulip Festival is conveniently scheduled on Mother’s Day weekend, so take Mom out to Washington Park in Albany for great music, vendors, tulips, and fun!

Ground Rules in Effect:

  • No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area
  • No glass containers
  • No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)
  • No recording of performances
  • All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.

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