The 66th Annual Tulip Festival: Saturday, May 10 - Sunday, May 11
ALBANY NY — This year’s Albany Tulip Festival runs Mother's Day weekend from Saturday, May 10 - Sunday, May 11, 2014 and boasts over 150 different kinds of tulips, fine arts exhibits, live music & entertainment and much more celebrating Albany's Dutch heritage! Admission to the Albany Tulip Festival is FREE.
Tulip Fest Highlights:
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.
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Schedule of Events:
Tulip Festival Spring Traditions:
Friday, May 9
- Carillon Concert -11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
The bells ring out as Dr. Charles Semowich performs a special musical program on Albany City Hallâ€™s historic, 86-year-old carillon.
- Street Scrubbing -12:00 p.m.
State & Lodge Streets
For 66 years, the traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan's opening proclamation, a procession from City Hall featuring a bagpiper from the Sons and Daughters of Erin Pipe Band, the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2014 Tulip Queen finalists, and a performance of the National Anthem by Saint Rose a cappella group The Girls Next Door.
- Tulip Festival Luncheon -12:30 p.m.
90 State Street Events.
A farewell and thank you to 2013 Albany Tulip Queen Kate Bender and her Court featuring great food and a fashion show. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Albany Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation. Tickets are required; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.275.6813 to purchase.
Saturday, May 10
- Tulip Queen Coronation
Washington Park Lakehouse
- Capitaland Chorus -11:00 a.m.
A chapter of Sweet Adelines International, Capitaland Chorus is an award-winning, diverse all-woman barbershop chorus.
- The Mendelssohn Club -11:30 a.m.
A local institution for over a century, this acclaimed male chorus is the longest continuously performing arts group in the Capital Region.
- Tulip Queen Procession -11:45 a.m.
Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue
2013 Tulip Queen Kate Bender, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Dutch Settlers Society and the Sons and Daughters of Erin Pipe Band lead the 2014 Tulip Queen finalists to the Amphitheatre Stage.
- Tulip Queen Coronation -noon
Mayor Sheehan crowns the 66th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.
- Royal Tulip Ball -6:30 p.m.
Wolferts Roost Country Club (120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany)
An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit Capital Repertory Theatre. Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Capital Rep at 518.382.3884 x 187.
- Plus live music »
Sunday, May 11
- 16th Annual Mother of The Year Award -12:00 p.m.
Lakehouse Amphitheatre Stage
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 & B95.5. Nominate your mom »
- Plus live music »
Plus, more family fun:
Saturday & Sunday
Presented by Price Chopper, Media sponsor: Radio Disney NY
- Featuring arts & crafts, pony rides, inflatables, balloon artists, facepainting, a rock climbing wall, chess tent, trapeze artist and much more!
Price Chopper KidZone Stage
- Airborne Jugglers - 12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
This astonishing, crowd-pleasing juggling team has traveled the globe entertaining audiences for over 20 years!
- Seth & The Moody Melix - 12:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
A multicultural musical experience design to educate and entertain children of all ages
- Sylvia & The Magic Trunk - 1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
A unique, hilarious, fun-filled puppet show for the whole family.
- GREEN MARKET
Presented by by SolarCity.
- This green expo highlights sustainable goods, energy-efficient resources, recycling tips and more.
DRAWING UP CENTRAL
10am - 2pm, Lower Central Avenue between Henry Johnson & Lexington
- The City of Albany, the Central Avenue Business Improvement District and Equinox Inc. present this community-wide event featuring artists from all over the region competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest. For more information, call 518.462.4300
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) from noon-6 p.m.
Handicap parking is available at the UAlbany Thurlow Parking Lot at Western & Thurlow. Access the park via continuously running CDTA shuttles.
Go Green to the Festival! Ride your bicycle to Tulip Fest and park at the bike racks, near Willett Street & Madison Avenue.
Volunteer at Tulip Fest! – Be close to all the action and enjoy great perks as a Tulip Fest volunteer! Volunteers are needed to make the Tulip Festival the great success that it is each year.
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 alcoholic beverages, glass containers of any kind, animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals). Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent. All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items.
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