Albany Tulip Festival

Mother's Day Weekend

The 69th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
May  13 & 14, 2017
Washington Park, Albany, NY

Friday: Street Scrubbing and Luncheon •  Noon
Saturday: Royal Tulip Ball • 6:30pm
Saturday and  Sunday: Vendors, food, music and more • 11:00am - 6:00pm


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

Free handicap parking
available at Albany Medical Center Parking lot off Robin Street. Access Washington Park via continuously running, free handicap accessible CDTA shuttle during festival hours.

Free Tulip Festival parking is available at the Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & N. Hawk Streets) and the Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle Street & Madison Avenue).

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: Download the volunteer application HERE, call (518) 434-2032 or email the volunteer coordinator.

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.


12 May 2017 10am, 1pm & 5:30pm
Tulip Tours

Tulip Tours

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).

 More Info     Washington Park Tulip Beds

12 May 2017 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 69 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

12 May 2017 12:00pm
Tulip Festival Luncheon

Tulip Festival Luncheon

A farewell and thank you to 2016 Albany Tulip Queen Adaviah Ward 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. Tickets required; email or call 518.225.978

 Get tickets!     Albany Hilton 40 Lodge Street Albany, NY

13 May 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Drawing Up Central

Drawing Up Central

The City of Albany and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District present this community-wide event featuring artists from all over the region competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest in the heart of Central Avenue's Midtown Grid. For more information, call 518.462.4300.

 More Info     283 Central Ave, Albany NY, 12206

13 May 2017 Saturday & Sunday 11:00-6PM
School of Rock

School of Rock

Young up-and-coming musicians enrolled in the School of Rock program perform throughout the day! Catch the stars of the future here first.

 More Info     North of the First Aid Station

13 May 2017 12:00pm
Tulip Queen Coronation

Tulip Queen Coronation

Mayor Sheehan & B95.5's Chad O'Hara crown the 69th 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.

 More Info     Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

13 May 2017 12:00pm Saturday & Sunday
Art Partners / Tsehaya & Co.

Art Partners / Tsehaya & Co.

Celebrating 29 years of positive influence on Albany’s youth, this community-based dance training program presents a stellar performance bridging classic and modern styles.

 KidZone Stage

13 May 2017 12:15pm & 3:15pm, Saturday and Sunday
Park Playhouse

Park Playhouse

Washington Park’s beloved theater group offers exciting sneak previews of their 2017 musical productions!

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

13 May 2017 1:00pm


An award-winning Troy singer-songwriter with a voice that’s warm, soulful, and from the heart.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage presented by Wellcare

13 May 2017 1:30pm


Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, these local boys have built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger.

 Official Website     Washington Park EQX Main Stage

13 May 2017 1:45pm & 4:45pm, Saturday and Sunday
Stephen Gratto

Stephen Gratto

A fast-paced and exciting performance including juggling, unicycling, rope walking, and many other feats of daring, bravery, and side-splitting foolishness.

 Official Website     Price Chopper KidZone Stage

13 May 2017 2:15pm


A young and ambitious Schenectady trio galvanized by contemporary rock music.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage presented by Wellcare

13 May 2017 2:30pm & 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

13 May 2017 3:00pm


This L.A. duo effortlessly combines their love of all popular music to create a fresh, uplifting sound, resulting in the perfect soundtrack to a summer night.

 Official Website     Washington Park EQX Main Stage

13 May 2017 3:30pm


An Albany indie pop group founded by identical twin sisters Allyson & Whitney Smith.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage presented by Wellcare

13 May 2017 4:30pm


Over the course of their 15-year career, this Seattle band has carved out their own unique musical world from a wide swath of genres, always managing to defy classification.

 Official Website     Washington Park EQX Main Stage

13 May 2017 4:45pm


Formed in 1992 in Saratoga Springs, this indie rock outfit quickly became a staple of college radio and America’s club circuit.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage presented by Wellcare

13 May 2017 6:30pm
Royal Tulip Ball

Royal Tulip Ball

The 69th Annual Royal Tulip Ball will take place on Saturday evening, May 13, 2017, at the brand new Albany Capital Center in Downtown Albany. Proceeds from this year’s Ball will benefit the Capital City Fund. Tickets:

 Albany Capital Center 55 Eagle Street Albany, NY

14 May 2017 12:00pm
19th Annual Mother of the Year Award

19th 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, with support from Fidelis Care.

 More Info     Washington Park Lakehouse

14 May 2017 1:00pm


A genuine, authentic and engaging blues duo performing music steeped in Americana.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage

14 May 2017 1:30pm


Holly & Evan actively push the boundaries of traditional blues music, mixing in hefty loads of jazz, funk and soul.

 Official Website     Washington Park Main Stage

14 May 2017 2:15pm

Sydney Worthley

a shining young Capital Region singer/songwriter incorporating elements of pop, country, rock and folk into a sound all her own.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage

14 May 2017 3:00pm


With a powerful voice and lyrics filled with emotion, this Capital Region singer/songwriter commands attention every time she steps on stage.

 Official Website     Washington Park Main Stage

14 May 2017 3:30pm


A four-piece band playing hard-driving, traditional, original and unique bluegrass and acoustic music.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 518 Stage

14 May 2017 4:30pm


Led by founding vocalist William “Poogie” Hart, this legendary Philadelphia R&B act is known for classics like “La La Means I Love You” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”.

 Official Website     Washington Park Main Stage

14 May 2017 4:45pm


Kickin' up a vintage American roots-rockin' ruckus for more than a decade, the Stompers offer a unique combination of hot-wired musicianship and quick wit.

 Official Website     EXIT 97.7 Local 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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