Holland’s Tulip Time Festival

April 11, 2024

by Discover Holland Michigan

Spring in West Michigan is a magical time. Minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan, Downtown Holland becomes a sea of blooms during the annual Tulip Time festival in May.


The festival began in 1929 when the City of Holland saw its first crop of 100,000 tulips bloom. Since then, Holland has blossomed each spring with millions of tulips. Celebrating our 94th year in 2023, Tulip Time has grown over the decades to be so much more than a flower festival. Today the splendor continues, with fun events and activities for all ages.

Tulip Time parades are some of the largest and most spectacular events in Michigan. Thousands of spectators line the streets to watch amazing floats, marching bands, and Dutch Dancers in over two miles of pure celebration. Throughout the week, Dutch Dancers also perform throughout our blooming downtown, high-kicking their wooden shoes through traditional folk dances. Beyond the beautiful flowers, this special week offers a great variety of national and local entertainment, a carnival, fireworks, and much more.

For the third year, Dutch horticulturist Ibo Gülsen will create the floral immersion experience: Tulip Immersion Garden – The Journey of the Tulip. Walk among 50,000 raised tulip beds and get the photo opportunity of a lifetime. The tulips are arranged in three stunning displays and tell the history of the tulip, from its first cultivation in Turkey, to its rise to popularity in the Netherlands and, finally, to its celebration here at Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan.

Tulip Time was named “Best Flower Festival” by USA Today, was included in the Fodor’s Travel list of “America’s Best Spring Flower Festivals,” and was awarded “Tulip Festival of the Year” by the World Tulip Summit. Tulip Time is truly an experience you don’t want to miss!

Learn more about the festival and plan your visit at www.tuliptime.com