What's Happening Today!
MAY 9, 2021 TULIP TIME FESTIVAL HOLLAND, MICHIGAN
Welkom! Here's a quick rundown of things you need to know about events and activities today!
Forecast high of 60 degrees, cloudy. Winds ENE at 10-15 mph.
The tulips are past peak which means the early bloomers have started to lose their petals. However, the mid and late blooming varieties are looking fantastic and the cooler weather this week has helped them last even longer. Get more details from the City of Holland Tulip Tracker at https://www.cityofholland.com/1022/Tulip-Tracker
You can get details about tulip planting locations on the Tulips page of this website or by picking up a printed map in town, available at the Tulip Time office and in several locations and information booths.
Be sure to drive Tulip Lanes - they are amazing! (Click here to see the interactive map!)
WHAT TO DO
🌷 The following events or activities have tickets available today:
Virtual Visit with Princess Lida
Tall Ship Dockside Tours
The carnival is open 1pm-7pm. Wristbands are sold out but individual ride tickets are available at the gate. (Capacity restrictions limit attendance in the gates so once capacity is met, they will allow entry when attendees leave and they drop below that limit.)
Get details and links to purchase tickets for these events on the Shows & Events page!
🌷 Download the free scavenger hunt and see if you can find the answers to all the clues!
🌷 Last day to buy a ticket for the beautiful raffle quilt!
🌷 Visit the Virtual Artisan Market to shop with over 75 amazing artisans from around the country - LAST DAY TO SHOP!
🌷 Snag some deals and discounts from local shops and restaurants!
WHERE TO GO
Several area attractions have fun things for all ages to do and plenty of blooms to see! Capacity limits, rules and operating hours vary by location. Windmill Island, Nelis' Dutch Village and Veldheer Tulip Farm are very popular spots. Get details for those locations and other on our Area Attractions page.
Here are few important things to note about Sunday:
We are anticipating big crowds again today. The infrastructure of the City of Holland works well for the 30,000+ residents for 51 weeks of the year but there is no doubt the week of Tulip Time and the influx of thousands of visitors puts a tremendous strain on traffic flow. The Holland Police Department does an exceptional job routing traffic through the city as efficiently and safely as possible.
- Be prepared for slow-moving traffic
- Be courteous and obedient to police directing traffic
- Be cautious and mindful of pedestrians
Similar to traffic, parking becomes a challenge with thousands of visitors. Public parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. During the busiest times, be prepared to search and wait for parking.
Portable restrooms are located in many of the busiest areas to help accommodate the significant influx of visitors. There are also several permanent public restrooms in the city - you can find those on printed maps available in town or use our online interactive map
Be respectful with your waste and be sure to place it in designated receptacles. We have many additional trash bins placed all over the city and have many designated times throughout each day they will be emptied. However, keep in mind, often the trash trucks are in the same busy traffic as the rest of us so their pickups may be slightly delayed.
There are food trucks on the east end of 8th Street near Columbia Ave. and at the west end at the market/carnival area.
Restaurants in Michigan are currently limited to 50% capacity indoors. Getting a reservation or joining a waiting list early is highly recommended if you plan to dine at one of the great restaurants downtown.
The tulips will be just past peak which means the early bloomers have started to lose their petals. However, the mid and late blooming varieties are looking fantastic and the cooler weather this week has helped them last even longer. The City of Holland Parks Department has done an amazing job to make a visit to our community a beautiful experience. Take lots of pictures and enjoy those tulips!