The 70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
Presented by Citizens Bank
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Washington Park, Albany NY
The City of Albany hosts the 70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival presented by Citizens Bank on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 in Washington Park.
The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event featuring annual traditions rooted in the City’s rich Dutch heritage. The event includes 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. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City.
For more information, call 518.434.2032, visit www.albanyevents.org or follow albanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. #TulipFest70
Read on for the full schedule of events or view online at www.albanyevents.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
TULIP QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY
Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Nominations accepted through April 2. Visit www.albanytulipqueen.com for more information.
11:45 a.m. – Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
2017 Tulip Queen Ashley Loggins, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2018 Tulip Queen finalists to the Lakehouse Stage.
12:00 p.m. - Tulip Queen Coronation (Lakehouse Stage)
Mayor Sheehan and MC Chad O’Hara of B95.5 crown the 70th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.
Washington Park Parade Grounds
Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX - The REAL Alternative
4:30 p.m. – White Denim
3:00 p.m. – Naked Giants
1:30 p.m. – Front Business
LOCAL 518 STAGE
Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Presented by WellCare Health Plans
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7 WEXT
4:45 p.m. – The Age
3:30 p.m. – The LateShift
2:15 p.m. – Blind Crow
1:00 p.m. – Sorrow Estate
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Media sponsors: 98-3 TRY, KISS 102-3 99.5 The River & PYX 106
4:30 p.m. – Dr. K's Motown Revue
3:00 p.m. – Taina Asili
1:30 p.m. – The Sea The Sea
LOCAL 518 STAGE
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
4:45 p.m. – The North & South Dakotas
3:30 p.m. – Zan Strumfeld
2:15 p.m. – Jordan Taylor Hill (Indie Roots: Niombato)
1:00 p.m. – Ryan Leddick Trio
12:00 p.m. - 20th Annual Mother of the Year Award
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. Flowers provided by Ambiance Floral and Design. Nominations open April 9 at www.motheroftheyearalbany.com.
Presented by Price Chopper & Market 32.
Enjoy performances from Park Playhouse, Andy “the Music Man” Morse, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, facepainting, games and more fun for the whole family!
KIDZONE ACTIVITY TENT
Saturday presented by Fidelis Care: Join Albany Public Library and other local library public libraries in the Pop-Up Library Tent for stories, games, crafts and activities! Come check out a children’s book or challenge your young one’s skill with life-size games
Sunday: Join the City of Albany Department of Recreation of Albany for physical fitness activities and hands on crafts with the newly crowned 2018 Albany Tulip Queen and Court!
SCHOOL OF ROCK TENT
Young up-and-coming musicians enrolled in the School of Rock program perform throughout the weekend! Catch the stars of the future here first.
TULIP WEEK EVENTS
Monday May 7th- Thursday May 10th
2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday May 11th:
10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Washington Park tulip beds
Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Free. Spaces are limited and reservations are required; call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).
FRIDAY, MAY 11
11:30 a.m. – noon, outside Albany City Hall
Amy Heebner performs a special Tulip Festival musical program on Albany City Hall’s historic 1927 carillon, a unique instrument consisting of 49 bells that range in size from 27 to 11,200 pounds.
Noon, State & Lodge Streets
The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend for 70 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession with the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2018 Tulip Queen finalists.
TULIP FESTIVAL LUNCHEON
12:30 p.m., Hilton Albany
Immediately following the street scrubbing, the Tulip Festival Luncheon is a farewell and thank you to 2017 Albany Tulip Queen Ashley Loggins and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Court’s educational programs via the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Tickets are required; email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
ROYAL TULIP BALL
6:30pm, Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle St, Albany)
An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit the Capital City Fund. Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Sarah Kampf at 518.209.1000 or email@example.com
PARKING & SHUTTLES
FREE CDTA shuttle runs continuously to Washington Park from Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle & Madison Ave) & Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & Hawk Streets) throughout the festival.
Handicap parking available at Albany Medical Center lot at Robin & Morris Streets. A free, accessible CDTA shuttle runs to and from the Madison & New Scotland entrance to the park throughout the festival.
Find more parking options at www.parkalbany.com.
This event is produced with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer or calling 518.434.5416.
Presented by generous event sponsors:
Citizens Bank, Price Chopper & Market 32, Bud Light, Saratoga Eagle, CDTA, Hampton Inn & Suites, Wellcare and LL Bean.
House of Air, Wild Bill’s Soda, New York State Lotto, Fidelis Care, Comfort Windows, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bathfitter, GEICO, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Lyft, Champion Windows, and School of Rock.
WEQX, Exit 97.7, B95.5, 98.3 TRY, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, Kiss 102.3, Albany.com, The Alt, Fly 92, Jamz 96.3, Magic 590, 100.9 The Cat, NYS Music, ALT 105.7, Rogue FX, Spot 518, Spiral Design, WGNA, WSG & WVCR 88.3 The Saint, Yelp.
Special ground rules in effect:
No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area
No glass containers
No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)
No recording of performances
All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.