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?

Tickets go on sale in January for the upcoming May festival.


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.

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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?

We have both an afternoon parade and a lighted evening parade. Come back later for information on Tulip Time 2022.

Do you have a schedule of events for each day?

Come back later for information on Tulip Time 2022. We have already started planning!


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.

Local Restaurants:

Click here to find local restaurants

Street vendors:

So many options to choose from, there are food booths everywhere you look during Tulip Time! 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:

Dutch Lunch and Dutch Dinner

Check back later for information on Dutch Lunches and Dinners in 2022.

What lodging opportunities are in the Pella area?

Click here to find local hotels. Call early!


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.