LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR THE 67THANNUAL ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL
Albany, NY - The City of Albany has announced the full schedule of events planned for the 67th Annual Albany Tulip Festival.
The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event, featuring annual traditions rooted in the city’s rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and, of course, thousands of tulips in 150 different varieties! It all takes place in Washington Park, the historic, 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City.
Since Mayor Erastus Corning II read the first Tulip Festival Proclamation on May 14, 1949, the Mother’s Day weekend celebration has grown into one of the Northeast’s biggest and most beloved yearly events. Featuring the area’s best up-and-coming local artists and an ever-increasing focus on sustainability, The Tulip Festival continues to honor Albany’s 400-year history while looking ahead to its future. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Read on for the full schedule of events or view online at www.albanyevents.org.
TULIP QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY
Washington Park Lakehouse
11:45 a.m. – Tulip Queen Procession(Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
2014 Tulip Queen Caitlin Whelan, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Dutch Settlers Society and the Sons & Daughters of Erin Pipe Band lead the 2015 Tulip Queen finalists to the Lakehouse Stage.
12:00 p.m. - Tulip Queen Coronation(Lakehouse Stage)
Mayor Sheehan and MC Chad O’Hara of B95.5 crown the 67th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.
LOCAL 518 STAGE
Washington Park Lakehouse
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
Media sponsors: Oldies 98-3, PYX 106 & 99.5 The River
4:30 p.m. - Oh Honey
2:30 p.m. - Elvis ’80: The Capital District All-Star Celebration of Elvis’ 80th Birthday
Featuring members of the Lustre Kings, Rocky Velvet, the Tichy Boys, Johnny Rabb and more paying tribute to the King!
1:00 p.m. - Sirsy
12:00 p.m. - eba Dance Off!
LOCAL 518 STAGE
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
5:15 p.m. - MIRK
4:00 p.m. - Party Boat
2:45 p.m. - Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies
1:30 p.m. - The Sea The Sea
12:00 p.m. - 17th Annual Mother of the Year Award
Mayor Sheehan and B95.5’s Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region’s most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter’s Health Partners, Times Union & B95.5.
More Tulip Festival fun:
Presented by Price Chopper.
Featuring arts & crafts, inflatables, facepainting, live entertainment and much more fun for all ages!
PRICE CHOPPER KIDZONE STAGE
12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m. -Andy “The Music Man” Morse:
12:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m. - The Incredible Larry
1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. (Saturday only) -Magic & Beyond featuring Illusionist David Garrity
1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. (Sunday only) -Mr. Twisty
“GO GREEN” MARKET
Presented by the City of Albany Department of General Services, this area highlights recycling tips from the Capital Region Recycling Partnership, information from Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension and Albany County Soil and Water District, and vendors sharing energy-efficient resources, “green” ideas and more.
CANVAS, CORKS & FORKS (Saturday only)
Professional art instructors from Schenectady’s Canvas, Corks & Forks will guide you step-by-step in the creation of your very own masterpiece! All ages welcome, beer and wine available with ID (ticket fees apply).
MOTHER’S DAY SPA TENT (Sunday only)
This new section features specials and demos with health and wellness vendors on mom’s special day (ticket fees apply).
TULIP WEEK EVENTS
FRIDAY, MAY 1
MAY DAY TULIP TOUR
1 p.m., Washington Park tulip beds
Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Education Coordinator Carol Ann Margolis and City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Tickets $5. Reservations are required; call 518.434.0405.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
TULIP MANIA MUSIC PROJECT
6 p.m., Albany Public Library Main Branch Albany History Room (161 Washington Ave)
Local history leaps to life as Capital Region musicians unearth the long-lost, 62-year-old Albany Tulip Festival song, “When Tulips Bloom Again,” and perform their own Albany-inspired original music. The Library’s fascinating collection of Tulip Fest history will be on display as part of this new event. Free and open to the public. Find more information at bit.ly/tulipmaniamusicproject.
FRIDAY, MAY 8
11:30 a.m. – noon, outside Albany City Hall
Dr. Charles Semowich performs a special musical program on Albany City Hall’s historic 1927 carillon, a unique instrument consisting of 49 bells that range in size from 27 to 11,200 pounds.
Noon, State & Lodge Streets
The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend for 67 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Tulip Festival opening proclamation, and a procession from City Hall featuring a bagpiper from the Sons & Daughters of Erin Pipe Band, the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2015 Tulip Queen finalists.
TULIP FESTIVAL LUNCHEON
12:30 p.m., 60 State Street
A farewell and thank you to 2014 Albany Tulip Queen Caitlin Whelan and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Mayor’s Literacy Campaign via the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Tickets are required; firstname.lastname@example.org or call518.331.3440 to purchase.
SATURDAY, MAY 9
DRAWING UP CENTRAL
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Avenue & Quail Street
The City of Albany and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District present this community-wide event featuring artists from all over the region competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest in the heart of Central Avenue’s Midtown Grid. For more information, call 518.462.4300 or visitwww.centralbid.com.
ROYAL TULIP BALL
6:30 p.m., 90 State Street Events
An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit Capital Repertory Theatre. Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Capital Rep at 518.382.3884 x 187.
PARKING & SHUTTLES
FREE CDTA shuttle runs continuously to Washington Park from Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle & Madison Ave) & Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & Hawk Streets) from noon-6 p.m.
Find more parking options atwww.parkalbany.com.
Go green to the festival! Ride your bicycle to Tulip Fest and park at the bike racks, near Willett Street & Madison Avenue.
The 67th Annual Albany Tulip Festival is presented without cost to taxpayers by generous event sponsors:
WEQX 102.7 (Saturday Main Stage Producer and Presenter), Exit 97.7, Oldies 98-3, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, B95.5, Albany.com, 100.9 The Cat, ESPN Radio 104.5, Fly 92.3, Hot 99.1, JAMZ 96.3, Lang Media, Magic 590am, Metroland, Q103, 105.7 Rewind, Spiral Design Studio, Times Union, WGNA, WSG, 88.3 The Saint.
Special ground rules in effect:
No outside alcohol
No glass containers
No animals or pets, including dogs
No recording of performances
All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free; check www.albanyevents.org for more information on this legislation.
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