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 or to nominate a candidate for Tulip Queen,  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.

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 12:30pm
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

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

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 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 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



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If you are interested in sponsoring any of our upcoming events, please contact us at 518.434.2032.

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About Us

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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