Albany Tulip Festival

Mother's Day Weekend

The 71st Annual Albany Tulip Festival
May  11 & 12, 2019
Washington Park, Albany, NY

Friday: Street Scrubbing and Luncheon •  Noon
Saturday: Royal Tulip Ball • 6:30pm
Saturday and  Sunday: Vendors, food, music and more • 11:00am - 6:00pm


The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event. Featuring annual traditions rooted in the city’s rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties, the Tulip Festival is a sparkling showcase of local culture and business. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City.

For GPS directions to the main park entrance, use 1 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208

CDTA will provide complimentary shuttle service to Washington Park at these designated free parking locations:

Free handicap parking

  • Albany Medical Center parking lot, located off Robin Street, for customer needing extra assistance or in a wheelchair. That shuttle will drop passengers off at the Madison Avenue/New Scotland entrance to the park.

Free Tulip Festival parking:

  • Elk Street parking lot, located behind the State Education Building. The pick-up location will be Elk and Hawk at the stop sign.
  • Eagle Street parking lot, located at the corner of Eagle Street and Madison Avenue

Shuttles will run every 20-25 minutes depending on traffic. All parking lots are free to use the weekend of Tulip Festival.

This event is produced with the  help of community volunteers.Volunteers  are still needed. Please contact us to be a part of this great experience: Download the volunteer application HERE, call (518) 434-2032 or email the volunteer coordinator.

Special ground rules in effect:
No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area. No glass containers of any kind, recording of performances, animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals). All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free. Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items. 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.  Ground rules are subject to change without notice; exceptions made for medical or child care reasons may be addressed individually.


6 May 2019 May 6–8: 2 & 5p, May 9: 1,3,5p, May 10: 10,1,5:30p
Tulip Tours

Tulip Tours

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Free. Spaces are limited and reservations are required; call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

10 May 2019 12:00pm
Street Scrubbing

Street Scrubbing

The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend for 71 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession from City Hall.

 State and Lodge Streets

10 May 2019 12:30pm
Tulip Festival Luncheon

Tulip Festival Luncheon

A farewell and thank you to 2018 Albany Tulip Queen Sawyer Cresap and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Court’s educational programs via the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation. Tickets required; email!

 Buy Tickets!     90 State Street Albany, NY

11 May 2019 12:00pm
Tulip Queen Coronation

Tulip Queen Coronation

Mayor Sheehan & B95.5's Chad O'Hara crown the 71st Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Festival weekend. The Tulip Queen and her four Court members will work as a team year-round on local literacy programs and community service projects. Media sponsor: B95.5.

 More Info     Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

11 May 2019 12:15pm & 2:00pm, Saturday ONLY
Park Playhouse

Park Playhouse

Washington Park’s beloved theater group offers exciting sneak previews of their 2019 musical productions!

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

11 May 2019 1:00pm-2:00pm


A shining young singer/songwriter who melds alt-rock, folk, and pop into a sound all her own. Sydney’s debut album, Strong, is a 14-track roller coaster built on strength, courage, and perseverance.

 Official Website     Local Stage

11 May 2019 1:00pm Saturday & Sunday
Art Partners / Tsehaya & Co.

Art Partners / Tsehaya & Co.

Celebrating 30 years of positive influence on Albany’s youth, this community-based dance training program presents a stellar performance bridging classic and modern styles.

 KidZone Stage

11 May 2019 1:15pm & 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday
Melvin The Magnificent

Melvin The Magnificent

Melvin the Magnificent, a professional magician played by Joe Goode, has been performing for over 20 years. His shows are action packed, interactive, and sure to bring huge laughs from the entire audience.

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

11 May 2019 1:30pm-2:30pm


Delivers a new take on the world of indie rock. With pulsating hooks and lush melodic waves of psychedelia, the band combines upbeat, catchy garage-rock with a modern alternative hip-hop sound.

 Official Website     Main Stage

11 May 2019 2:15pm


Alt. country/folk rock band choosing to record on their own in an upstate log cabin, the band put their noses to the grindstone and put together an album of insightful, clever, honest and meaningful songs that are rooted in folk-rock and venture into the indie rock and country spectrums.

 Official Website     Local Stage

11 May 2019 2:45pm, 4:45pm Saturday and Sunday
Andy “The Music Man” Morse

Andy “The Music Man” Morse

Well-versed children's musician renowned for delighting audiences of all ages through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

11 May 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm


This Kansas City-based band delivers an undeniably original selection of songs that feel as intimate as a basement recording but unfold in intricate textures and melodic sophistication.

 Official Website     Main Stage

11 May 2019 3:30pm & 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday
Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile

Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile

A Capital Region musical treasure, exuberantly promoting her mission of building peaceful communities through original songs for all ages

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

11 May 2019 3:30pm


This is a group of young, innovative musicians that came together to create an exciting and inspirational new sound for their fans. The original music they write paints a theatrical image through the use of creative lyrics and intricate musicianship.

 Official Website     Local Stage

11 May 2019 4:30pm-6:00pm


Their song “Come With Me Now” put KONGOS on the map in the United States and worldwide. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million.

 Official Website     Main Stage

11 May 2019 4:45pm


Rock/pop band consisting of Lead Singer/Guitarist Kris Carmello, Bassist Jimmy “Ray” Hoag, and Drummer Andre Jevnik. Being labeled as a "wild" band with an unmatched energy and a big personality, Wild Planes is on the rise fusing Rock "N" Roll and Pop.

 Official Website     Local Stage

11 May 2019 6:30pm
Royal Tulip Ball

Royal Tulip Ball

The 71st Annual Royal Tulip Ball will take place on Saturday evening, May 11, 2019, at 60 State Place in Downtown Albany. This wonderful annual event is an opportunity to celebrate our Capital City, and raise funds for Albany based not-for-profit organizations.

 60 State Place Albany, NY

12 May 2019 12:00pm
21st Annual Mother of the Year Award

21st Annual Mother of the Year Award

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.

 More Info     Washington Park Lakehouse

12 May 2019 12:15pm & 2:00pm, Sunday ONLY


This duo puts out a full band sound that’s sure to soothe the soul and rock your bones! 1:00pm - Artpartners: this community-based dance training program presents a stellar performance bridging classic and modern styles.

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

12 May 2019 1:00pm-2:00pm


This acoustic based singer/songwriter blends funky-modern-roots with a rock and roll sound that has already scored him airplay at more than 400 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada.

 Official Website     Local Stage

12 May 2019 1:30pm-2:30pm


Powerhouse vocalist and a rare genuine talent, most especially shining as a live performer, where she has the unique ability to silence a room with just her voice and a guitar. She continues to tour regularly and record her own music independently in collaboration with Just Pretend Records.

 Official Website     Main Stage

12 May 2019 2:15pm


Honey Slider is a folk/rock/blues trio comprised of Caity Gallagher on vocals and keys, Alec Lewis on vocals and guitar, and Will Kidder on bass. Caity and Alec began writing together in 2013 and released their debut album Unearned Unhappiness in 2016.

 Local Stage

12 May 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm


A top 20 contestant on Season 13 of NBC's The Voice, Moriah has wowed the coaches and the world at large with her performances. The coaches had this to say: "So much talent, it's almost unfair to the rest of the world. You are a born rockstar" -Blake Shelton.

 Official Website     Main Stage

12 May 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm


Bird Streets references Brodeur’s hometown of Albany, N.Y., which provided the characters and inspiration for some of the bands songs. Their sound is yielded by this pairing is both fresh and familiar a dynamic collection of introspective indie rock and power pop.

 Official Website     Local Stage

12 May 2019 4:30pm-6:00pm


This five-piece group hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, MN have been touring around the country bringing the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution in the world to audiences of all generations.

 Official Website     Main Stage

12 May 2019 4:45pm-5:45pm


Rockers hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY. They're road warriors, they're lovers, laughers, thinkers. They've thrown more frisbee than all of their extended families combined, and they can certainly put on a heck of a show.

 Official Website     Local Stage




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The City of Albany, NY Office of Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages. These special events are 100% underwritten by generous local and national sponsors.



The City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
Room 402 City Hall
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 434.2032

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