On May 7th and 8th, as over 100,000 tulips blossom and bloom, the Capital District will say “goodbye” to winter and “hello” to summer. The annual Tulip Festival in Albany is one of the area’s most anticipated and cherished traditions.
You would be hard pressed to come up with a more beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day weekend, than in Washington Park in Albany. This free celebration is host to an array of historic events, kicking off at noon on Friday with the scrubbing of State Street. On Saturday comes the crowning of the Tulip Queen, where one of five local young women will be selected to spend her “one year reign” participating in good works and charity. Finally, Sunday marks the annual “Mother of the Year Award” and of course all the while, the streets will be filled with great food, craft vendors, activities for the kids and multiple stages with nationally acclaimed musical acts.
Whether you’re looking for someplace to celebrate Mother’s Day or just someplace to take a walk in the park this weekend, Tulip Fest has something for everyone. It stands as a true celebration of the season and a beloved piece of Capital District culture.
Friday: Street Scrubbing and Luncheon • Noon
Saturday: Royal Tulip Ball • 6:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Vendors, food, music and more • 11:00am – 6:00pm