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2013 Tulip Time Festival

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Our annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture is a multi-generational event that has something for everyone. Three amazing parades, traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children's events, Tulip City Tours and so much more!

Festival Events

  • Ambrose T-Shirt Printing
  • Print your own t-shirt at Ambrose! Corner of 9th & River.
  • Pick your favorite from the first ever Tulip Time t-shirt design contest and print it yourself.
  • Sat. May 4, 12-4pm
  • Wed. May 8 through Fri. May 10, 12-7pm
  • Sat. May 11, 12-4pm
  • $20/person (includes shirt)


The Tulip Time 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.

These spectacular parades are free to attend however, each parade does offer limited bleacher seating for which you can purchase tickets. Click on the parades listed below to see complete details about each event.

National Entertainment

America's Magical Funnyman - Chris Linn

Known for his wacky stage presence, Chris Linn blends magic and comedy to create a great performance for audiences of all ages. Linn, a featured comedy act in Branson, brings the stage to life with his energy and guarantees you'll leave the theatre laughing.

  • Wed., May 8 from 7p - 8:30p
  • Ticket Price $18/Adult, $11/Student
  • Location: Knickerbocker Theatre
  • Date(s): Wed, 05/08/2013 - 7:00pm

Fifth Third Bank Local Arts & Culture Series

Barbershop Harmony Gala

Barbershop Harmony Society singers in 800 cities across America are celebrating the Society's 75th anniversary this year. The Windmill Chorus welcomes quartets from near and far to join in this gala evening of singing and humor with their good old four-part barbershop harmony.

  • Sat., May 4 from 7p - 8:30p
  • Ticket Price $18/Adult, $11/Student
  • Location: Knickerbocker Theatre
  • Date(s): Sat, 05/04/2013 - 7:00pm


  • Midway Carnival - rides, food & fun for all ages!
  • Meijer Midway Carnival
  • At the Civic Center Parking Lot
  • Friday May 3 - Sunday May 12
  • Fri., May 3 from 5p - 11p;
  • Sat., May 4 from 11a - 11p;
  • Sun., May 5 from 12p - 9p;
  • Mon., May 6 - Tue., May 7 from 7p - 9p;
  • Wed., May 8 - Thu., May 9 from 11a - 10p;
  • Fri., May 10 - Sat., May 11 from 11a - 11p;
  • Sun., May 12 from 12p - 6p

Since 1982, the Tulip Time Festival commemorative poster has been a much sought after reminder of the annual festival. In years past, the Festival Poster Committee has invited fine artists to submit ideas for the poster. For 2013, we are holding an "Art in Bloom Poster Competition." Artists submitted their work in October 2012, and a jury of art experts will choose the 2013 Tulip Time Festival Poster. Don't forget to purchase your copy of the 2013 poster, and see the top 19 poster finalists displayed throughout downtown Holland during the Tulip Time Festival.


  • Top 20 events in the world by the International Festival and Events Association
  • Top 100 event in North America by the American Bus Association (21 times)
  • Award of Excellence from Premier Tourism Magazine
  • America?s Best Small Town Festival by Reader?s Digest

Proud Member of:

  • American Bus Association
  • National Tour Association
  • International Festivals & Events Association
  • Michigan Festivals & Events Association
  • West Michigan Tourist Association
  • Circle Michigan

Celebrating since 1929!

Mission Statement: The Holland Tulip Time Festival invites the world to join the dance as we celebrate our Dutch heritage with a festival showcasing our dynamic community and its spectacular tulips.

Welcome to the Tulip Time Festival! Since 1929, the small city of Holland, Michigan has blossomed with literally hundreds of thousands of tulips - and an equal number of tulip-lovers who attend our annual Tulip Time Festival.

In 2011, we celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the founder of Holland, Michigan: Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, who led his congregation of Dutch Calvinists in founding our city in 1847. To commemorate his birth, a Bilateral Conference took place in Holland, Michigan and the Netherlands in the fall of 2011.

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