Be our guest for the 82nd annual Tulip Time celebration! This family-friendly event May 3-5, 2018 features parades, Dutch costumes and demonstrations, performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows, and beautiful tulip gardens! All of these activities are set in picturesque Pella, IA, a charming Dutch community with parks and architecture reminiscent of historic Netherlands.
We have all of the information you need to have a great time! As you plan your trip, please contact us with questions, we are delighted to help! Please click here for the 2017 Tulip Festival brochure.
To experience the flavor of this special event, check out the Epic Iowa Road Trip Pella video below!
See Tulip Festival Video (click here)
One of the highlights of our Tulip Time Festival is the parades! We have two parades each day, an afternoon parade at 2:30 pm and a lighted evening parade at 8:30 pm. Both the day and evening parades feature elaborate floats, marching bands, and residents in authentic Dutch costume!
Although the parade can be viewed from anywhere along the route, the best way to see the parade is from the Grandstand. A Grandstand ticket will not only provide you with a reserved seat for the parade, but a perfect seat for viewing the Grandstand show, which begins 90 minutes prior to parade time. The afternoon Grandstand show features Dutch dancing and singing, a Dutch costume styleshow, cheese market demonstration, presentation of the Tulip Queen and her Court, and the famous street scrubbers.