Albany Tulip Festival

Mother's Day Weekend

The 67th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
May  9 & 10, 2015
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 17th 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.


1 May 2015 1:00pm
May Day Tulip Tour

May Day Tulip Tour

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Education Coordinator Carol Ann Margolis and City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Tickets $5. Reservations are required; call 518.434.0405.

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

6 May 2015 6:00pm
Tulip Mania Music Project

Tulip Mania Music Project

Local history leaps to life as Capital Region musicians unearth the long-lost, 62-year-old Albany Tulip Festival song, “When Tulips Bloom Again,” and perform their own Albany-inspired original music. The Library’s collection of Tulip Fest history will be on display as part of this new event.

 More Info     Albany Public Library Main Branch

8 May 2015 12:00pm
Street Scrubbing

Street Scrubbing

For 67 years, the traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend. Enjoy this unique Albany event!

 State and Lodge Streets

8 May 2015 12:30pm
Tulip Festival Luncheon

Tulip Festival Luncheon

A farewell and thank you to 2014 Albany Tulip Queen Caitlin Whelan and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Tickets are required; email or call 518.331.3440 to purchase.

 60 State St, Albany NY 12207

9 May 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Drawing Up Central

Drawing Up Central

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 or visit

 More Info     Central Avenue and Quail Street, Albany NY 12206

9 May 2015 12:00pm, 2:15pm, 4:30pm
Andy 'The Music Man' Morse (Saturday & Sunday)

Andy 'The Music Man' Morse (Saturday & Sunday)

Celebrating 20 years of entertaining audiences of all ages, The Music Man offers a high-energy show full of sing-a-longs, dancing and storytelling.


9 May 2015 12:00pm
Tulip Queen Coronation

Tulip Queen Coronation

Mayor Sheehan and 2014 Tulip Queen Caitlin Whelan crown the 67th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Festival weekend.

 Washington Park Lakehouse

9 May 2015 12:45pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm
The Incredible Larry (Saturday & Sunday)

The Incredible Larry (Saturday & Sunday)

This interactive performance features world-class circus skills, juggling and hilarious physical comedy.


9 May 2015 1:00pm


A vivid, visionary combination of lofty melodies, contemplative lyrics, atmospheric soundscapes and aggressive rhythms.

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

9 May 2015 1:15pm

Holly & Evan

Updating the tradition of the barrelhouse with their own unique style, Holly & Evan draw from a deep well of blues, soul and jazz.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

9 May 2015 1:30pm, 3:45pm
Magic&Beyond featuring Illusionist David Garrity (Saturday only)

Magic&Beyond featuring Illusionist David Garrity (Saturday only)

Illusionist David Garrity and his magic team bring their exciting, family-oriented illusion spectacular to Washington Park!


9 May 2015 2:30pm

The Spectacular Average Boys

A foot-stomping Oneonta folk-rock band, the Boys take ideas from traditional roots music and update them for a faster, louder, modern generation.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

9 May 2015 2:30pm


An eclectic Rochester indie pop group that blends a tech-savvy synthesis of emotions, genres and random noise into a danceable DIY sound smoothie.

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

9 May 2015 3:45pm

Jocelyn Arndt

A devastatingly powerful singer with a presence on stage that demands all attention from her opening notes, Jocelyn’s indie-rock-blues sound has amazed audiences nationwide.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

9 May 2015 4:00pm

The Kooks

This infectious, adventurous UK pop band has spent more than a decade racking up worldwide hits with a signature mix of unshakeable melodies and boundless musical experimentation.

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

9 May 2015 5:00pm
The Orange

The Orange

Planted in 1998, The Orange grew into a formidable tree with branches bursting into the U.S. indie rock scene. After 12 years in stasis, the band offers its sweet rock nectars once again!

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

9 May 2015 6:30pm
Royal Tulip Ball

Royal Tulip Ball

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.

 90 State St, Albany NY 12207

10 May 2015 12:00pm
17th Annual Mother of the Year Award

17th Annual Mother of the Year Award

Mayor Sheehan and the 2015 Albany Tulip Queen recognize the Capital Region's most outstanding moms in this Mothers Day highlight.

 More Info     Washington Park Lakehouse

10 May 2015 12:30pm

eba Dance Off!

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

10 May 2015 1:00pm


This contagiously fun, nationally acclaimed 518 duo play rock and soul that’s chock full of sing-along pop melodies, lots of heart, and just the right amount of sass.

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

10 May 2015 1:30pm

The Sea The Sea

A singer-songwriter duo exploring moments of the unfolding future through their sincere lyrics, beautiful harmonies and emotive sonic landscapes.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

10 May 2015 1:30pm, 3:45pm
Mr. Twisty (Sunday only)

Mr. Twisty (Sunday only)

This super silly show is jam-packed with tons of magic, slapstick comedy and audience participation.


10 May 2015 2:30pm

Elvis 80: A Capital District All-Star Celebration of Elvis' 80th Birthday

Johnny Cash said Elvis “loved three things: cheeseburgers, girls and his mother, not necessarily in that order.” Celebrate Mother’s Day than with mega rock-estra featuring members of the Lustre Kings, Rocky Velvet, the Tichy Boys, Johnny Rabb and more paying tribute to the King!


10 May 2015 2:45pm

Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies

This innovative acoustic combo weaves striking stories, urgent melodies and astounding instrumental ability into a patchwork quilt of heartfelt Americana.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

10 May 2015 4:00pm

Party Boat

With a tsunami of sunny ‘60s-style songwriting, this Saratoga Springs surf-pop sensation brings the sound of the beach party to you.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE

10 May 2015 4:30pm

Oh Honey

Featuring the captivating vocals of Capital Region native Danielle Bouchard, this folk-pop group has generated plenty of buzz with their sweet harmonies and inspired songwriting.

 More Info     MAIN STAGE

10 May 2015 5:15pm


An edgy, horn-fueled hip-hop powerhouse that seamlessly blends elements of soul, R&B, rap, rock and pop into a completely original, utterly unique sound.

 More Info     LOCAL 518 STAGE



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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.


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

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