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FAQs ON TULIP TIME 2021
When will I get a Tulip Time brochure?
Tulip Time brochures will not be printed in their normal format this year. Because the usual brochures include the entire schedule for the three days, it's just not possible to print them ahead of time this year. Instead, we'll be printing "Save the Date" postcard-type mailings that will go to our usual recipients (welcome centers, bus tour leaders, etc.).
Are the dates of Tulip Time 2021 changing?
No. The dates of Tulip Time are remaining May 6-8, 2021.
Usually I buy tickets online in November. Why aren't they for sale yet?
Tickets will not be available for pre-sale this year. Instead, you can purchase tickets for events when you arrive in Pella during Tulip Time 2021.
How will social distancing be handled in large crowds? Will everyone have to wear masks?
The Tulip Time Steering Committee working with local city and health officials to make several changes to the festival this year to help ensure the health and safety of our guests. We invite you to enjoy this year's "Walking Parade" in the downtown area. Not only will many floats be on display throughout the festival, we'll even light them up for your enjoyment from 8:30-9:30 pm each night! Our food vendors are significantly spaced apart this year to help with social distancing. When you arrive at the festival, be sure to stop by the Information Windmill at the corner of Main and Franklin Streets to pick up a map which highlights each of our food vendors and their new location this year. You'll also notice a significant change at our Dutch Craft Market in West Market Park, with vendors spaced throughout the outside of the park to allow for more physical space between vendors inside the park. Seating in our bleachers and on the City Wagon Tours will be limited to also allow social distancing. We also encourage masks whenever you are getting into a crowded area. Let's stay safe and have a wonderful festival!
How will what's happening at PHSM change during Tulip Time?
We are planning to keep the Village open, including the brand new Wyatt Earp Experience. We are working on logistical planning for the Vermeer Mill and gift shop, but you will be able to fully experience Windmill and Historical Village, with some added safety measures.
When is Tulip Time?
Tulip Time in Pella is always the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in May.
How can I order tickets for the Festival?
Most years, tickets go on sale in November. This year, however, we will not be offering the pre-sale of tickets.
When will the tulips be at their prime?
The tulips in Pella are intentionally planted to be at their best during Tulip Time. The gardeners plant a broad variety of tulips with differing maturation dates for the best chance at some color for the festival. However, Mother Nature always has the last word, so it’s hard to perfectly predict when is the optimal opportunity to see the most tulips in full bloom. But, it’s fairly safe to say that you should see beds of tulips in bloom from the week before Tulip Time through the week after.
How are the Tulip Queen and Court chosen?
Any young woman who is at least 17 years old and a senior in the Pella School District is eligible to be nominated. The community begins in October nominating people who are eligible. All nominees are then pictured in the Pella Town Crier. The community votes on those nominees and the top twelve young women are invited to participate in an afternoon and evening judging. The evening event is open to the community and called the Tulip Queen’s Announcement Party. During this event, a panel of 35 judges chooses the Tulip Queen and her four attendants. This event occurs in early November.
Between November and March, the Queen and Court are fitted in their costumes and prepare the program they present at functions throughout the state. Between March and Tulip Time, the Court will make over forty appearances.
Who sponsors/supports the Pella Tulip Time festival?
The festival is one of the major events supported by the Pella Historical Society and Museums. It is an important fundraiser for this organization.
The festival is planned by the Tulip Time Steering Committee, six community volunteers who serve for six years, with one committee member rotating off each year while a new member is trained to take their place. This committee works year-round to bring the festival to our community and guests. In addition there are many partnerships that make the festival possible. The City of Pella provides numerous labor hours and support for the festival, as well as the Pella Chamber of Commerce and Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau. Our evening Feesthouden celebration is sponsored by Central College, and fireworks on Friday night is sponsored by Pella Corporation. Additional community partners are all the volunteers, schools, churches, businesses, and more that support the festival by volunteering, marching the in parade, food booths, and much more.
What are the costs involved?
There are many must-see exhibits and features at the festival. Entrance fees range from $5 - $20 but are well worth their entrance fee.
In addition, many of the events at Tulip Time are FREE! The Dutch Market charges no admission. Many of the gardens are free for your enjoyment. Parking along the streets is free.
What are the parade times during Tulip Festival?
Tulip Time 2021 will not include traditional parades. Instead, we are planning a wide variety of pop-up events that will take place throughout the three days of Tulip Time, as well as special "walking parades."
Do you have a schedule of events for each day?
Where is the best place to eat during the Festival?
Food is a big part of our festival! There are three options for dining featuring Dutch specialty treats during our festival: street vendors, local organization meals, or restaurants.
So many options to choose from! Featuring everything from funnel cakes and burgers to Dutch festival favorites like Poffertjes (mini sweet pancakes), Pella Bologna on a Stick, Stroopwafels (two waffle cookies sandwiching hot caramel-
molasses filling), and Vet Bollen (hot raisin doughnuts).
Local Organizations Meals:
Central College – Dutch Lunch
Central College - Dutch Dinner
What lodging opportunities are in the Pella area?
What provisions do you have for those who are handicapped or have mobility concerns?
Handicap parking is available on a first come, first served basis at the Pella Public Library parking lot with access from Liberty Street. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available (non-electric) at the Third Hands Hospitality Tent in the NW corner of Central Park. We reserve a number of accessible grandstand seats for those with physical limitations.