Tulip Time Festival
Holland, May 6 to 14
Holland will roll out a multi-colored carpet for its 93rd festival: nine May days of flowers, Dutch dancing, carnival rides, quilts, historic walking tours, parades and other fun.
Many festival features are free. Tickets are required for some (events noted by an asterisk) — including performances by Sara Evans, Girl Named Tom, Fiddlefire and the ever-popular Elton Rohn. Some sell out before Tulip Time begins.
From the Netherlands, the award-winning Bicycle Showband Crescendo marching band musicians riding bicycles in traditional Dutch costumes. (It was a challenge to bring 45 musicians, instruments and bikes across the Atlantic from Holland to Holland!)
May 12–14 at the Hope College football stadium, and in the Volksparade May 13.
* Tulip City Brewstillery Guided Beverage Tastings
May 8–12 — a history lesson and a flight combined, sampling beers while learning the local history backstories of their names.
. . . and at Big Lake Brewing, a small batch Tulip Time beer in collectible cans.
And among the perennially popular festival events . . .
at Holland Civic Center
* Tall Ship Dockside Tours near downtown (weather permitting)
* Tulip Time Run 5K, 10K and kids’ fun run
May 11 Kinderparade
May 13 Volksparade
Fireworks with food, music and festivities planned by Latin Americans United for Progress
Details and ticket links at tuliptime.com