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
DIRECTIONS | PHOTOS | TULIP QUEEN & COURT | VENDOR INFORMATION | VOLUNTEER
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 www.albanytulipqueen.com.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.331.3440 to purchase.
60 State St, Albany NY 12207
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
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
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 www.centralbid.com.
More Info Central Avenue and Quail Street, Albany NY 12206
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
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