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.
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, 10:30 am on Thursday and Friday only, $5.
Opera House Tours and Demo of the Barton Theatre Organ
Tour the Pella Opera House with Executive Director, Kevin McQuade, and learn about this marvelous venue, built in 1900, renovated in 1990, and currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A brief organ demonstration will also be provided. Tours at 9:30 and 11:30 Thursday and 11:30 Friday, $5.
Branson on the Road
Remember when sodas cost a quarter and comedy was clean? Branson on the Road transports you to the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry with rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy, and great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and gospel music. Performances at the Pella Opera House at 6:30 pm Thursday and 12:30 & 6:30 pm Friday. $20
The Reluctant Pioneer
A thoroughly enjoyable one-woman live theatre production by Beverly Graves of Pella’s “first lady,” Mareah Scholte. Catch an exciting glimpse of this important figure from Pella’s pioneer days. About 30 minutes long, with an additional 15-minute post-performance Q&A with the audience. Performances at 1:00 pm on Thursday at the Pella Opera House. $9.
Central College Flying Pans Steel Drum Band
The Flying Pans are back by popular demand! Their unique blend of energetic and soothing sounds are played to perfection by this highly enthusiastic ensemble, and features calypso, soca, latin, jazz and rock! Fun for all ages! 12:30 and 4:30 pm Saturday, Pella Opera House. $10
Evening Grandstand “Feesthouden” Shows:
Our evening grandstand show features special entertainment each night on the Tulip Toren stage from 7 pm until the parade starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $3 general admission seating and are available at the ticket booth or at the gate.
Thursday: Trinity Worship Team
The Trinity Worship Team brings great joy to all as they sing to the Lord a new song! Excellent music and worship with every song rooted in biblical truth, and is meant to point others to Jesus. “He must increase, but I must decrease.: -John 3:30
Friday: AcaPella Show Choir
The award-winning varsity show choir from Pella Community High School performs under the direction of Michelle Chaplin. With 62 singers/dancers, and more support crew, this group is known for innovative shows that incorporate a variety of musical styles, ranging from swing to rock to hip-hop, into entertaining vocal arrangements which are performed with high energy choreography. They are excited to perform their 2017 competition show as part of Tulip Time 2017!
Saturday: Brad and Kate Myers
“Brad & Kate” are a recently married singer-songwriter duo from Iowa. Playing more than 75 shows each year, they entertain crowds of all ages with their fun acoustic style. Performing some of their own songs, as well as many popular hits, you’ll be sure to enjoy a quality night of entertainment with “Brad & Kate”.