Performances & Concerts:
High school girls perform Dutch songs and dances daily. Catch a performance at 11:15 am at north side of the Tulip Toren, 12:00 pm at the intersection of Franklin & Broadway and 6 pm at the Vermeer Windmill. Free.
Dutch Family Singers
Listen and watch Dutch songs and traditional dances in a variety of downtown locations throughout the day. Including performances at noon on north side of the Tulip Toren.
Meet Our Local Celebrities
Queen and Court, 10-11 am, Thurs & Fri in front of Vermeer Windmill; Dominie and Maria, 10:30-11:30 am, Thurs -Sat at the Scholte House; Wyatt Earp, 9:30 am – 10:15 am, Thurs-Sat at the Earp House; Sinterklaas, 12:30-1:30 pm Thurs-Sat at the Klokkenspel. Get your photo with local stars at one or our special “meet and greet” sessions!
Organ Recitals in the Dutch Tradition at Second Reformed Church – 1 block south of Downtown Pella
One block south of the square. In the tradition of Netherlands noontime organ recitals, Dr. Davis Folkerts presents a recital of classic organ music at noon each day of Tulip Time. Central College students and guest organists are also featured. All are welcome!
Pella High School Orchestra Strolling Strings (weather permitting)
Members of the Pella Community High School Orchestra perform Dutch songs and classical music on violin, viola, cello and bass. 10:30 am, North side of the Tulip Toren; 11:30 am Klokkenspel Courtyard or Memorial Building during Dutch Lunch. Free.
Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ
Delight to the sounds of the Barton Theatre Organ, brought to life in a forty-five minute program of music, some of which will be played as accompaniment to a short silent film! Performed by Pella’s very own Dr. Davis Folkerts, an accomplished organist and Professor Emeritus from the Music Department of Central College. At the Pella Opera House, 4:30 pm on Thurs & Saturday, $5.
Tombstone Trial: The Iowa Connection
Two sets of brothers, growing up 50 miles apart in Iowa, meet at the O.K. Corral. One set lives; the other doesn’t. Local actors bring the story of Wyatt Earp’s murder trial to life in Pella, the boyhood home of the Earps. Surprisingly, Iowa has many connections to the famous shootout. Join us for this radio play where the Earp Brothers and their friend Doc Holliday are brought before a court of law and charged with murdering the McLaury Brothers and Billy Clanton. Performances at the Pella Opera House at 11 and 6:30 pm Thursday. Tickets: $15 adult or $5 youth (5-18).
The Reluctant Pioneer
New this year, the Opera House’s second floor will be transformed into Maria Scholte’s living room for this unique experience. The Reluctant Pioneer is a must see! A thoroughly enjoyable one-woman live production by Beverly Graves of Pella’s “first lady,” Maria Scholte. Catch an exciting glimpse of this important figure from Pella’s pioneer days. About 40 minutes long, this performance is held at 10:00 am Thurs – Sat at the Pella Opera House. $5.
52nd Street and the Music of Billy Joel
It’s “Still Rock-n-Roll” when 52nd St. comes to town! Walt Wise’s 52nd St. performs all the BIG HITS of the legendary Billy Joel. From rockers like “Big Shot” and “You May Be Right” to ballads like “Just the Way You Are” to perennial favorites like “Piano Man” there’s something for everyone! Vocalist/Multi-instrumentalist Walt Wise has performed nationally and internationally for such names as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Caesars Palace, Harrahs, the US Air Force & Navy, etc. Come out and sing along to your favorite Billy Joel Classic Hits! 11 am & 6pm Friday. Pella Opera House. Tickets: $20 (adult) or $12 youth (5-18).
Central College Fyling Pans Steel Band
The Flying Pans will perform energetic and soothing sounds of the steel drum featuring calypso, soca, Latin, jazz and rock. Don’t miss the return of this upbeat musical group to the Opera House! 11 am & 6:30pm Saturday. Pella Opera House. Tickets: $15 adult or $5 youth (5-18).
Evening Grandstand “Feesthouden” Shows:
Our evening grandstand show features special entertainment each night on the Tulip Toren stage from 7 pm until the Volks Parade begins.
Thursday: Bridge Worship
Bridge Worship, praise band from The Bridge Church of Ottumwa, is an exciting and passionate worship band with one focus: spirit-lead praise. Join us for worship as the community of Pella celebrates the faith that first brought its founders to America. The Bridge Church was planted in 2007 by Third Church of Pella and in 10 years has seen God move in incredible ways as we invite people into a life changing journey with Jesus!
Friday: Pella City Band
The Pella City Band has been performing concerts in Central Park for over 130 years. At the age of 15, James Murray Cox entered the Civil War as a drummer who returned home after being captured and imprisoned at the notorious Andersonville Prison. Cox was a Pella Band Master who founded the Cox Light Infantry Band in the 1880s. Pella’s first bandstand was a rather ornate, circular, two-story wooden structure erected in the center of the park during the summer of 1887. After the initial concert on July 6 the Pella newspaper reported: “The band expects to give
open air concerts every Saturday evening, which we think is a fine thing, and will tend very much in giving our city a metropolitan appearance.” The wooden bandstand was replaced with a new brick bandstand on the north side of the square in 1922, which was named in honor of James Murray Cox. This bandstand was ultimately superseded by the current Tulip Tower and stage, which were dedicated in May 1968. Regular city band concerts are still held on Thursday nights in June and July.
Saturday: Exciting event coming soon!