Albany Tulip Festival

Mother's Day Weekend

The 68th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
May  7 & 8, 2016
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


A highly anticipated spring tradition continues when over 100,000 tulip  bulbs blossom into a sea of colors just in time for this Mother's Day  celebration in Washington Park. Historic events take place annually,  including the scrubbing of State Street, the tradition of the Tulip  Queen Coronation, Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon and Royal Tulip Ball.  As always, Saturday and Sunday will host the added excitement of  children’s activities, craft vendors, delicious food and multiple stages with nationally acclaimed musical performances. Sunday's events include the 18th Annual Mother of the Year Award. 

Saturday afternoon features the crowning of the Albany Tulip  Queen. Nominees go through a competitive interview process and five  finalists are chosen to attend the ceremony. One will be crowned the  Queen and the other four will serve as the Tulip Court. The Tulip Queen & Court spend their year of reign involved in community projects. For more information,  visit

Albany Tulip Festival is FREE & open to the public (fee for luncheon and ball).

This event is produced with the help of  hundreds of volunteers. Please contact us to be a part of this great experience.

Special 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. All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.

Tulip Festival logo design by Phil Pascuzzo / Pepco Studio.


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The City of Albany, NY Office of Special Events & 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.


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

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