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2020 Albany Tulip Festival: Pre- & Post-Festival Events

EDITOR'S NOTE (5/5/2020): To ensure the health and safety of Albany's residents and community, the City of Albany has canceled the in-person components of the 2020 Albany Tulip Festival. However, there will be a Virtual Tulip Festival on May 9 with video and photo tours, musical performances, and more.

Each year Albany's Tulip Festival features the best in live music, food and craft vendors, and of course, beautiful tulips throughout the weekend. But did you know that there are several events leading into the weekend, as well as some after? We've rounded up the best pre- and post-Tulip-Fest events that take place in Albany every year!

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Please Note: The following info is from the 2019 Albany Tulip Festival. We will be updating it for 2020 as details are released.

2019 Events Leading Up To Tulip Fest:

Tulip Queen Nominations - Know a young woman who dedicates her time to improving the local Abany community? Nominate her for Tulip Queen! Each year, the City of Albany crowns a young woman as Tulip Queen to work on a community service project and receive a scholarship.

Mother of the Year Contest Nominations - Nominate the mom in your life for Mother of the Year! The winner is announced during the Festival and will receive a variety of great prizes!

Tulip Tours - Join City Gardener Jessica Morgan for a tour of the Washington Park tulip beds. These tour are free to attend, but spaces are limited and reservations are required. Call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place (weather permitting).

Tour Dates:

  • Monday, May 6 - May 8 - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9 - 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Carillon Concert - On Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m., Amy Heebner will perform a special Tulip Festival musical program on Albany City Hall's historic 1927 carillon.

Street Scrubbing - For as long as the Tulip Fest has been in place, so has the annual street scrubbing! The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration is the official kickoff to Tulip Festival Weekend. This year's scrubbing will take place on May 10 at 12 p.m. on State and Lodge Streets in Albany.

Tulip Festival Luncheon - This wonderful luncheon on May 10 is an opportunity to say farewell to the previous year's Tulip Queen! Proceeds from the Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.

2019 Post-Tulip Festival Fun

Tulip Bulb Sale - If the weather permits and the tulips sprouted, you can dig up your own, or purchase bulbs that have already been dug, on May 25 and 26. This great event allows you to take home the beautiful tulips that were seen in Washington Park throughout the festival.

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