Everyone who has heard of Holland knows about Tulip Time! With three fun-filled parades, 1,000 klompen dancers, fireworks, carnival rides, top-notch entertainment, and of course 6 million tulips, there's something for everyone! Check out more great annual events in Holland:
Enjoy the outdoor Winter Market on the first & third Saturdays of January, February, March & April. Patrons are invied to bundle up and visit vendors at the Winter Market in the south Civic Center parking lot located off Pine Avenue. Beat the winter blues and pick up fresh, local breads, root vegetables, eggs, and much more!
In late January, GA Nation's state of the art mobile snowboard, ski set-up is part of this winter celebration. Watch professional demonstrations and competitions or bring your own equipment and try out the hill yourself. Fun for everyone - there's even a small sledding hill for the kids! Over $3,000 in cash and prizes awarded for ski and snowboard competitors. Local skiers and snowboarders can compete for cash and other prizes. Two hours of free open riding for snowboarders and skiers and a sledding area for families will be made available. Plus, the Lakeshore's top riders will compete for the AGA Cup.
A weekend in early March for you and your girlfriends complete with a kick-off party, store specials, sunday brunch, evening entertainment, a fashion show, a swag bag.
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Holland
The community of Holland, well known for our Dutch ancestry, goes Irish for a day with a parade that travels east down 8th Street from the 8th Street Marketplace (150 W. 8th St.) to the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue, where celebrations continue at New Holland Brewing Company and the Curragh Irish Pub. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and kilt-wearers are just a few of the parade highlights! Families and individuals wearing green are invited to carry Irish flags in the parade!
One of the longest running events of its kind in West Michigan, the Latin American United for Progress (LAUP) Fiesta now draws over 20,000 attendees every year on the first Friday and Saturday of May. Fiesta features Latino entertainment, a carnival, various exhibitors, and everyone's favorite: lots of food! Come and celebrate at the 8th Street Marketplace (150 W. 8th St.).
Tulip Time Festival
Holland's most famous festival runs from the first to the second Saturday in May. Tulip Time celebrates our Dutch heritage with thousands of visitors and millions of tulips. Visit www.tuliptime.com for more information about the festival.
Farmers Market with Saturday Chef Series & Wednesday Kids Events
From mid-May to early December, you can buy fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, meats cheeses, spices and more from over 50 vendors. You can also enjoy breakfast or lunch at our Food Court. On Saturday mornings from late May to early December, a local chef will show you how to prepare delicious dishes using items from the Market. And on Wednesday mornings from early June to late August, your kids will have a blast with a variety of activities designed just for them.
"Remember When" Vintage Car Show & Cruise
Holland's Vintage Car Club hosts a car show and events in downtown Holland every summer in early June.
Labor Day Truck Parade
Make some noise for the businesses and workers of West Michigan! Bring the family, earplugs, and appetite for big trucks, ice cream and hot dogs! This one-of-a-kind event showcases local companies and honors their employees who make the Lakeshore area a great place to live and work. Big rigs that carry locally made products rumble through downtown Holland and Zeeland complete their route by parking at the Holland Civic Center, where free food and prizes are all part of the end-of parade celebration.
Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival
The Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival is held in September, and will welcome thousands to celebrate the many contributions of our Latino community through art, film and music. The festival will engage the imagination through a variety of artists who bring their talent and collective contributions together for this celebration.
Civil War Muster
The annual historic Civil War Muster is held at Van Raalte Farm mid-September. The reenactment extravaganza features two days of music, historical figure impressions, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battle.
Fire Truck Parade
Kick off Fire Safety Week in early October with this family fun event! Watch over 50 fire trucks roll down 8th Street.
On Friday in mid-October, Fall Fest features professional pumpkin carvers who carve jack-o-lanterns like you've never seen before, right on 8th Street. In the evening, everyone is invited to take a stroll once the sun sets to see the pumpkins glowing to perfection. On Saturday, the carvers return to sculpt masterpieces at the Holland Farmers Market and in Downtown Holland. The entire family can enjoy a variety of fun fall-themed activities including pumpkin painting, a candy in the haystack hunt, pumpkin toss contest, scarecrow window displays and much more! Take a hayride from Downtown Holland to the Holland Farmers Market (and back again) for more fall fun! Fall Fest concludes with a comfort food cook-off featuring local restaurants complete with live music on stage and a beer tent!
Dutch Winterfest in Holland provides delightful events from November and throughout the holidays. Many events center around downtown where you'll find the snow-melt system keeps streets and sidewalks clear. Two parades highlight Dutch WinterFest, with the arrival of Sinterklaas on Sinterklaas Eve, and Santa Claus during the Parade of Lights. Shop the European outdoor Holiday Kerstmarkt at the 8th Street Marketplace (150 W. 8th St.), and enjoy the Shop 'Til You Drop, Shopping Jam, and Jingle Jam shopping events. And Up on the Rooftops provides tours of homes and businesses on the upper floors of downtown buildings, all uniquely decorated for the holidays.