A Guide to the 2018 Tulip Time Festival

 Welkom to Tulip Time!


The Festival parades are some of the largest and most spectacular events in Michigan. Thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing floats, marching bands, Dutch Dancers, and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration.
Parades go on rain or shine! (In the case of lightning or severe weather, we will cancel for the safety of all spectators and participants. Cancellation will be announced through our website, social media and local media outlets.)
Live coverage can be seen at:
5Comcast channel 24/916
AT&T U-Verse channel 99
Roku “Holland Cable TV”
After the parades are over, videos will be posted on:
WHTC will also be streaming live video at http://whtc.com/tulip-time/#watch and broadcasting on the air at 1450 AM.

MetalFlow Volksparade
“People’s Parade”
Wednesday May 9, 2018
8th St. between River Ave & College Ave

1:30 PM
Beginning at 8th st. & Columbia Ave


Bringing up the “tail end” of the parade, Dutch Dogs on Parade
Yangfeng & Johnson Controls Kinderparade
“Children’s Parade”
Thursday May 10, 2018 (Rain date Friday, May 11)




Featuring over 7,000 schoolchildren dressed in Dutch costumes.

Quality Car Wash Muziekparade
“Music Parade”
Saturday May 12, 2018





Concluding the Festival’s parade series is one of Michigan’s most spectacular parades featuring floats, Dutch Dancers, marching bands and more! With over 4,000 participants, 170 units and the longest parade route in Michigan, the Quality Car Wash Muziekparade delights thousands of spectators. 

Check out the event calendar for other Tulip Time events!


The first tulip bulbs came to Holland, MI with one of the waves of settlers after Albertus VanRaalte founded the town in 1847. The bulbs were planted and thrived in the sandy loam soil found in the area. In 1927, Lida Rodgers, a high school biology teacher, suggested that the city plant tulips along the streets and in city parks as a community improvement effort, and to pay homage to the Dutch settlers. In 1928, the city purchased 100,000 bulbs; following Rogers' recommendations, Holland held its first tulip festival in the spring of 1929!
Today, the Holland, Michigan area boasts nearly 5 million tulips, planted & ready to burst forth in bloom in early spring. Tulips are located in city parks, at public attractions, and along city streets.

For tulip viewing, check out:
  • Window on the Waterfront
  • Windmill Island Gardens
  • Veldheer's Tulip Farm
  • Nelis' Dutch Village
  • Centennial Park

Artisan Market

Centennial PArk
250 Central Ave.

Sat. May 5 
10a -6p

Sun. May 6
10a - 4p

The former Tulip Time Art & Craft Fair has been revamped and renamed the Artisan Market! Stroll through  beautiful tulip beds in Centennial Park while you shop at over 250 juried artisan booths .  Enjoy the unique and handmade original works while taking in the beauty of the park! 

Tulip City Tours

Window on the Waterfront at the corner of 6th Street and
College Avenue at 61 E. 6th Street.

Our Tulip City Tours showcase beautiful tulip lanes, Holland’s Historic District, city parks and our award-winning downtown, with a friendly Dutch-costumed guide as your host! 
Tulip City Tour tickets are only available for purchase the day of. To purchase tickets, please visit the blue trolley booth located at Window on the Waterfront at the corner of 6th Street and College Avenue at 61 E. 6th Street. Tickets are available starting at 8:30am each morning (except parade days- May 9,10, 12 ) and Sunday May 13. Tickets are available (starting at 8:30am until they are sold out) and are valid only on the day purchased.

CLASSIC TOUR | $20/adult, $8/child 12 and under

With a friendly Dutch-costumed guide as your host, enjoy an hour long narrated tour and experience Tulip Lanes, Holland’s Historic District, city parks, and our award winning downtown. Available late afternoons, parade days and 9a-3p on May 13.

PLUS TOUR | $32/adult, $10/child 12 and under

Enjoy everything that the Classic Tour has to offer, PLUS admission into local area attractions such as:

    •    Windmill Island Gardens
    •    Holland Museum
    •    Cappon & Settlers House

Ticket price includes admission into area attractions listed above.


You can travel to Holland from Chicago on the Amtrak Pere Marquette line. The trip reveals the natural beauty of Michigan's West Coast and provides an enjoyable and stress-free trip to Holland during the Tulip Time Festival! For fare information and full schedule visit; www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL

Dutch Marktplaats

The Commons at Evergreen - 480 State Street

Be a part of the tastes, sights, sounds, and crafts of 19th Century Holland at the 2018 Dutch Marktplaats. Enjoy stage events including Dutch Dance performances, Wooden Shoe Carving demonstrations, Tulip Master Gardener lectures, Dutch Cuisine presentations and more throughout the week. Savor traditional Dutch treats in the Dutch food court and stroll through displays by a unique blend of craftspeople dressed in traditional Dutch costumes selling their wares. Join us at Dutch Marktplaats for some traditional Dutch food and fun!

Tuesday, May 8 – Saturday, May 12     10:00am – 5:00pm
Food court 10:00am – 5:00pm
FREE admission

Dutch Food Court at Marktplaats
Savor the aroma of homemade traditions. The Dutch Food Court offers a wide selection of large and small plate entrees, sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts.

Food pricing per posted menu. 

 Family Rest (and PLAY) Area

Saturday, May 5— Saturday, May 12 
10a - 6p

Sunday, May 13
10a - 3p

Located at GDK Pocket Park – 8th Street just west of Central Ave.

The best spot for a little rest with the kids! Come visit our community partners for free activities, snacks and crafts. We offer changing tables, a nursing area, family restrooms and hand-washing stations.

Free children’s programs daily.

Dutch Dancing

Nearly 700 costumed locals perform traditional Dutch dances every day throughout the City of Holland. Kinder Dutch Dancers are 8-10 years old, Middel dancers are 10-14 years old, the largest group of dancers are high school age, and finally, our Alumni Dutch Dancers are all out of high school. Dance performances are approximately 5-15 minutes. After some performances, we also have a 10-minute style show to showcase the traditional Dutch costumes. Come and enjoy the rich history and fun of Dutch Dance at Tulip Time!
Click here for the Dutch Dancing schedule.

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