Albany is in bloom! Enjoy the beauty of Spring at Albany's signature celebration, the 71st Annual Albany Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. Tulip Fest is the event of the season, showcasing Albany's rich Dutch heritage and the city's vibrant culture. It is Albany's signature festival, so keep reading to make sure you know about all the upcoming special events and tours for the 71st Annual Tulip Festival. 



Tulip Tours

Dates & Times: Monday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 8, 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM; Thursday, May 9. 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM & 5:00PM; Friday, May 10, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM
Location: Washington Park
Price: Free

Tip-toe through the tulips with Albany City Gardner Jessica Morgan and learn about the vast varieties of blooms planted in Washington Park. The tours are offered during the week leading up to Tulip Festival, so it's a great opportunity to explore the vivid tulip beds prior to the weekend crowds. Plus, you'll learn some unique facts about Albany's favorite flower that you can dazzle your friends and family with during the weekend's events. The Tulip Tours are free, but reservations are required so call 518-434-2032 to reserve your spot. 


Tulip Festival Street Scrubbing

A Dutch Stroll

Date: May 10
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Discover Albany Visitors Center
Price: $3

A Dutch Stroll is a guided walking tour within the original perimeter of Beverwyck that departs from the Discover Albany Visitors Center. Learn how the tenacious Dutch adapted to the New World, formed relationships with the Native Americans and adjusted to English rule before the Revolution. This special Tulip Festival edition will highlight the origins of the Albany Tulip Festival and the enduring friendship with our Dutch Sister City, Nijmegen. The tour will end on State Street where we will witness the official kick-off of the Albany Tulip Festival and the traditional street scrubbing ceremony.


Albany Street Scrubbing

Tulip Court & Scrubbing of Streets

Date: Friday, May 10
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: State and Lodge Streets
Price: Free

Tulip Festival is rooted in Albany's Dutch heritage, so the weekend festivities are launched with a touch of tradition. The City of Albany recreates a traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets before a big celebration. This annual event has kicked off Tulip Fest weekend for the last 71 years! The street scrubbing will occur on Friday, May 10 featuring Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession from City Hall. 


Tulip Festival

71st Annual Albany Tulip Festival

Dates: Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Washington Park

Price: Free

Of course, stop and smell the tulips during the big celebration: the 71st Annual Albany Tulip Festival. The two-day festival features live music from local and national musicians, over 100 artisans selling crafts, a fine arts show, the KidZone family fun destination and delicious food vendors. Don't miss Park Playhouse offering exciting sneak previews of their 2018 musical productions on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus, the vivid Washington Park tulip beds create the perfect backdrop for social media posts and long-lasting memories. For the full line up of Tulip Festival events on Saturday and Sunday, click here


Tulip Court Festival 2016

Tulip Queen Coronation

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Price: Free

Witness the crowning of the 71st Annual Albany Tulip Queen by Mayor Kathy Sheehan & B95.5's Chad O'Hara at the Tulip Queen Coronation on Saturday, May 11. The Tulip Queen serves as Albany's Ambassador for one full year of reign. She works as a team with her four Court members on local literacy programs and community service projects in Albany. The crowning occurs at the Washington Park Lakehouse Stage and it is a great way to soak up the spirit of Albany. 


Tulip Festival

21st Annual Mother of the Year Award

Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

Price: Free

Celebrate Mother's Day this year by joining Mayor Kathy Sheehan and B95.5's Joe Condon as they recognize some of the Capital Region's most magnificent moms on Sunday, May 13. Capital Region mothers who have proven a commitment to their family and their community are nominated for the Annual Mother of the Year award by their friends and family. Five finalists will be recognized at Tulip Festival, before one is crowned as Mother of the Year.  


Fort Orange exhibit at New York State Museum
Fort Orange, 1635, L. F. Tantillo

A Small Fort, Which Our People Call Fort Orange

Dates: May 5, 2018 - January 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: New York State Museum
Price: Free

Take a deeper dive into Albany's Dutch history, at the "a small fort, which our people call Fort Orange" exhibit at the New York State Museum. This special exhibit examines the discover of Fort Orange (present-day Albany) and lasting impact of events occurring there 400 years ago that shaped the character and culture of our region. Explore artifacts, historical and archaeological research, and film footage from the excavation of the Fort Orange site in the exhibit.