TULIP FESTIVAL POSTPONED:
Today, the City of Albany announced the postponement of the 72nd Annual Tulip Festival and all related events including the street scrubbing, a music, arts and crafts festival, and the Royal Tulip Ball. On Sunday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance to cancel mass gatherings of 50 or more people until at least May 10 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a result of this advice, the City has decided it can no longer move ahead with Tulip Festival events as scheduled for May 8 through May 10. The City’s main priority ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community.
Our Tulip Queen and Court serve an important function as ambassadors for the City. Their volunteer work, including their literacy program, helps a number of local non-profits and schools. Accordingly, we will continue to proceed with a virtual interview process and look forward to announcing our new Queen and Court at the appropriate time. Applications continue to be accepted through April 6th by visiting www.AlbanyTulipQueen.com/nominate.
As we move into the summer months, we will be working on other ways to celebrate our City’s history and culture. We are also exploring creative ways to share our Tulips in bloom with you on our Facebook page, @AlbanyNYEvents, and our other social media sites.
We will continue to evaluate our other summer festivals, Alive at Five and Dad Fest, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The City of Albany will provide more information on the status of these events at a later date.
We hope everyone remains safe and we look forward to seeing you all in Washington Park later this year!
The 72nd Annual Albany Tulip Festival
May 9 & 10, 2020
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
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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.
CDTA will provide complimentary shuttle service to Washington Park at these designated free parking locations:
Free handicap parking
Free Tulip Festival parking:
Shuttles will run every 20-25 minutes depending on traffic. All parking lots are free to use the weekend of Tulip Festival.
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.