Events

Albany Tulip Festival

May 7th and 8th

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. Call (518) 434 - 2032 or submit application HERE 

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.


Schedule

4 May 2022 2:00pm & 5:00pm
Tulip Tours

Tulip Tours

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jena Commerford. Free tours are limited & reservations are required; Call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

5 May 2022 1:00pm; 3:00pm; 5:00pm
Tulip Tours

Tulip Tours

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jena Commerford. Free tours are limited & reservations are required; Call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

6 May 2022 10:00am; 1:00pm; 5:30pm
Tulip Tours

Tulip Tours

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jena Commerford. Free tours are limited & reservations are required; Call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

6 May 2022 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 over 70 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

6 May 2022 12:30pm
Tulip Festival Luncheon

Tulip Festival Luncheon

A farewell and thank you to 2021 Albany Tulip Queen Ashanti Bishop and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Court’s educational programs via the Tulip Fund at the United Way for the Great Capital Region. Tickets required; email tulipluncheon@gmail.com!

 More Info     90 State St

7 May 2022 Saturday & Sunday 9am - 10am
Yoga Fest with The Hot Yoga Spot

Yoga Fest with The Hot Yoga Spot

Yoga Fest! 9am -10am in the Washington Park Parade Grounds! Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th

 More info     Main Stage

7 May 2022 12:00pm
Tulip Queen Coronation

Tulip Queen Coronation

Mayor Sheehan & B95.5's Chad O'Hara crown the 2022 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.

 Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

7 May 2022 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.

 More Info     KidZone Stage

7 May 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Hanzolo

Hanzolo

HANZOLO is a 7-piece band from Upstate New York, toting an explosive and emotional sound that mixes soul, jazz, rock, and funk. Their songs are dance-ably fun with thoughtful lyrics, backed up by a bright horn section. HANZOLO recently won the EQX Battle of the Bands.

 Official Website      518 Stage

7 May 2022 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

7 May 2022 1:30pm-2:30pm
Bad Mothers

Bad Mothers

The dirty-rock band from Albany NY heralded for their consistently hard-hitting performances. Recently signed to Black Country Rock Media

 Official Website      Main Stage

7 May 2022 2:00PM
Park Playhouse

Park Playhouse

Washington Park’s beloved theater group offers exciting sneak previews of their 2022 musical productions!

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

7 May 2022 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Canella

Canella

Canella brings a latin spice to her indie folk-rock style. With some pop influences, her songwriting is full of intricate melodies that tell stories of existentialism and share intimate thoughts.

 Official Website      518 Stage

7 May 2022 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

7 May 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm
WELSHLY ARMS

WELSHLY ARMS

WELSHLY ARMS combines their love of blues with rhythm and soul & good ol’ rock and roll, to create a fresh throwback sound that represents their Midwestern roots.

 Official Website      Main Stage

7 May 2022 3:30pm - 4:15pm
B. Chaps & Freedom Stratton

B. Chaps & Freedom Stratton

Freedom Stratton: Freedom Stratton does it all he's a singer, dancer, actor and model! B. Chaps: Vibes and good times from Albany, NY! Hip Hop/alternative with a dose of jazz.

 Official Website      518 Stage

7 May 2022 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

7 May 2022 4:30pm-6:00pm

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts inject their brand of deadpan post punk with the raw rock’n’roll of the Stooges, blistering funk, and early American hardcore. Since forming in 2010, the Brooklyn band has released a steady stream of music, including four studio albums and a handful of EPs, and collaborations.

 Official Website      Main Stage

7 May 2022 4:45pm - 5:30pm
E.R.I.E.

E.R.I.E.

E.R.I.E. came on to the Albany, NY scene in 2020, the week a global pandemic began to rear its ugly head. The fully-formed quartet, winning over audiences with their catchy songs and energetic live performances.

 518 Stage

7 May 2022 6:30pm
Royal Tulip Ball

Royal Tulip Ball

This year we are celebrating the Annual Tulip Ball presented by Citizens and we’re thrilled to announce that it is scheduled to be an in-person event on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Kenmore Ballroom.

 More Info      Kenmore Ballroom

8 May 2022 12:00pm
Capital Region Best Moms Crowning Ceremony

Capital Region Best Moms Crowning Ceremony

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

8 May 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kyla Silk

Kyla Silk

R&B singer Kyla Silk has a soulful voice reminiscent of the OGs Carole King and Janis Joplin, as well as modern influences like Alicia Keys.

 518 Stage

8 May 2022 1:30pm-2:30pm
Taina Asili

Taina Asili

Taína Asili is a New York-based Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her music combines powerful vocals carrying themes of hope and liberation.

 Official Website      Main Stage

8 May 2022 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Side-B

Side-B

Four-piece alternative rock band from Upstate New York consisting of drummer Dylan Travison, bassist Eric Mitchell, guitarist AJ Horton, and vocalist Ian Justino.

 Official Website      518 Stage

8 May 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm
DJ TGIF

DJ TGIF

THE HYP3ST DJ PERIOD! Heightening Your Party 3xperience

 Main Stage

8 May 2022 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Kieran Rhodes

Kieran Rhodes

Kieran Rhodes is an accomplished performer, songwriter, pianist and vocalist. He currently studies songwriting and piano at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. Kieran is from Burnt Hills, New York.

 Official Website      518 Stage

8 May 2022 4:30pm-6:00pm
Powerhouse Funk Band

Powerhouse Funk Band

If you want feet that stay on the dance floor, electricity and excitement in the room, and feel-good fire deep in your soul, and the terrific sounds of excellent music in your veins, the POWERHOUSE is the band for you! Soul music, R&B, neo soul, jazz, funk, and everything else in-between!

 Official Website      Main Stage

8 May 2022 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Playin' with Fire

Playin' with Fire

is a vibrant and powerful Performance Act capturing seamless tributes to every song that audiences love. Led by an irresistible, energetic female vocalist and dynamic male singer/guitarist, the band handles music from Rock, Pop, Country and Blues with astonishing accuracy.

 Official Website      518 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.

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

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