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Tulip Fest

May 9-10, 2015
Washington Park, Albany

AN AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION TOP 100 EVENT! Read our announcement here.

FREE & open to the public


Albany's highly anticipated spring tradition continues as over 100,000 tulips blossom into a sea of colors just in time for this Mother's Day celebration. Historic events celebrating Albany's rich, Dutch heritage combine with multiple stages of acclaimed live music, craft vendors, a fine arts show, children's activities, & great food to make the Tulip Festival a free, one-of-kind event for the whole family.

Weekend Events 

Following Dutch tradition of scrubbing the streets in anticipation of a large celebration, the Scrubbing of State Street will take place on Friday, May 8, to kick off the festivities.

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 volunteer projects, community functions, book drives, and develop initiatives to further the Mayor's Literacy Campaign.

Sunday's events include the Annual Mother of the Year Award.

Public Transportation 

Click here for public transit information from the Capital District Transportation Authority

2015 Tulip Fest Line Up:

Washington Park Lakehouse
11:00 a.m. - Capitaland Chorus
11:30 a.m. - The Mendelssohn Club
11:45 a.m. - Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
2014 Tulip Queen Caitlin Whelan, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Dutch Settlers Society and the Sons & Daughters of Erin Pipe Band lead the 2015 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 67th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.

Washington Park Parade Grounds
Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX
4:00p.m. - The Kooks
2:30 p.m. - Joywave
1:00 p.m. - Flagship

Washington Park Lakehouse
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
5:00 p.m. - The Orange
3:45 p.m. - Jocelyn Arndt
2:30 p.m. - The Spectacular Average Boys
1:15 p.m. - Holly & Evan

Media sponsors: Oldies 98-3, PYX 106 & 99.5 The River
4:30 p.m. - Oh Honey
2:30 p.m. - Elvis '80: The Capital District All-Star Celebration of Elvis' 80th Birthday
Featuring members of the Lustre Kings, Rocky Velvet, the Tichy Boys, Johnny Rabb and more paying tribute to the King!
1:00 p.m. - Sirsy
12:00 p.m. - eba Dance Off!

Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
5:15 p.m. - MIRK
4:00 p.m. - Party Boat
2:45 p.m. - Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies
1:30 p.m. - The Sea The Sea
12:00 p.m. - 17th 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.


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