Of all the beautiful flowers, Tulips are my favorite. These spring-blooming perennials blossom only for a short time every year towards the end of February and are held with great reverence at Tulip Festivals worldwide. With over 75 wild varieties in the most exquisite colors, it is a sight that stays with you always.
Here’s a list of most of the Tulip Festivals around the US, a little information about them and when they start!
Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum, TX: February 28th – April 12th
For more than 30 years, Dallas Blooms has been a tradition as the largest floral festival in the Southwest. This year’s theme plays homage to the beloved state: Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans. This year’s Texas-sized extravaganza features more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs along with Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities. Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the entire festival. The finale is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.
Blossomtime Festival in St. Joseph, MI: March 8th – March 9th
Held always on the first Saturday in May, the Grand Floral Parade now lasts some two hours and boasts of over 125 units including floats, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors and many other special units including the famed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team celebrating their 51st consecutive appearance leading the Parade in 2014. Participants and spectators come from all over the Midwest. The Parade now hosts 250,000 spectators annually. It is telecast live regionally and is broadcast by WSJM radio of Benton Harbor, and receives coverage by many newspapers and magazines. The Blossomtime Festival is the oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan.
Tulip Fest in Woodburn, OR: March 27th – May 3rd
Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location. This spring bring your family, even the dog, and enjoy over 40 Acres of Tulips Only 45 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes from Salem.
Skagit Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA: April 1st – April 30th
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture.
Tulip Time Festival in Belle Plaine, KS: April 10th – April 12th
The annual Tulip Time Festival has been held each Spring since 1986. Each year Belle Plaine welcomes thousands of visitors to this two day event. With a multitude of activities for every age including arboretum tours, athletic competitions, a parade, arts and crafts, fun food, and a variety of on-stage entertainment, it’s no wonder this event attracts visitors from a wide area of the central United States.
Tulip Time Festival in Topeka, KS: April 10th – April 20th
Featuring over 50,000 tulips and 7,000 daffodils, the Tulip Time Festival, just one of the top 10 Tulip Festivals in the USA, also highlights other features of the botanical garden at Old Prairie Town, such as a 50-yard cascading rock rivulet, 500 varieties of trees and shrubs in the 2½-acre garden, 1,500 feet of walk ways and even historic building tours. Also part of the event is Doran Rock Garden that features 12,000 tulips and daffodils as well as an 80-year old rock garden with stone walkways and a stone bridge. The Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee shows off more than 85,000 tulips and daffodils in the spring, surrounded by a covered bridge, rock gardens, gazebo, pergola, waterfalls, streams and several ponds.
Tulip Festival in Thanksgiving Point, UT: April 17th – May 9th
Welcome spring this April and enjoy all the colors of the rainbow spread throughout nearly 100 different varieties of tulips during the annual Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. Featuring 250,000 tulips displayed in the 55-acre Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the Tulip Festival is an awe-inspiring sight that is redesigned each year to create a new display.In addition to the spectacular tulips, on Fridays and Saturdays the Tulip Festival includes music, vendors, and food. Also, garden tours and demonstrations are held every day. And though there are hundreds of volunteers and staff working behind the scenes to create the festival, make no mistake about it: Mother Nature is in charge of the show.
Tulip Time in Pella, IA: May 1st – May 3rd
During this weekend, more than 150,000 visitors will come to toast Pella’s Dutch heritage—and to be dazzled by 300,000 tulips blooming in red, pink, purple, yellow, coral and white. With more than half the town’s 10,000 residents claiming Dutch ancestry, Pella (45 miles southeast of Des Moines) certainly hosts one of the most authentic fests. Locals of all ages clatter around in clogs, lace and britches, often breaking into song or dance. Vendors sell peppery bologna sandwiches and buttery pancakes called poffertjes. Cobblers and blacksmiths work in the pretty Pella Historical Village.
Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI: May 2nd – May 9th
The Tulip Time Festival is consistently named among the Top 100 Events in North America. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tulip Time Festival early every May. Three parades are premier events. On Wednesday the Town Crier declares the streets to be dirty and hundreds of costumed locals grab their buckets and brushes and scrub them clean during the Volksparade. On Thursday the Kinderparade spotlights the 7,000 school children of Holland and on Saturday the GMB Muziekparade features an array of marching bands.
Tulip Festival in Albany, NY: May 8th – May 10th
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.
Tulip Festival in Orange City, IA: May 14th – May 16th
Each year at Tulip-time it is Orange City’s good fortune and great pleasure to welcome thousands of visitors from near and far. Join us for a day as you recall the gentle charms of the old world and catch a new glimpse of the old Dutch customs. What began in 1936 as a small celebration of Orange City’s Dutch heritage has led to over 70 years of what is now known as the Tulip Festival.
Many years ago my friend took my son and I to the Skagit Tulip Festival in Washington and it remains one of my best memories. I know that if you can make one of these amazing Tulip Festivals that it would be just as special for you!
This is not a sponsored post. I just love Tulips. 🙂