HOLLAND (WTHC-AM/FM) — Tulip Time Festival officials announced Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the re-opening of Michigan means a few more events are being added to the 2021 festival.
Festival Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said she is thrilled for the return, though the carnival is retooled to account for COVID-19 social distancing and sanitizing guidelines.
The Midway has been scaled down and there will be fewer attractions, but she promised all the favorites are returning. Tickets are on sale today, Tuesday, March 30, 2021; people need to choose specific times and days for their visits, as 1,000 will be admitted to the gated carnival to allow for sanitizing between groups.
Visit www.tuliptime.com/carnival for details and tickets.
Dutch Costume Exhibit & Dutch Market: Immerse yourself in the sight and sounds of historic Holland at this new event for 2021. Tulip Time Dutch Dancers wear costumes that represent eight of the twelve provinces in the Netherlands. This exhibit features these intricately designed, beautiful, handmade costumes as well as other Dutch Dance artifacts. Stroll through the History of Tulip Time Posters Exhibit. Since 1982, local artists have shared their artistic interpretation of the festival. The complete collection will be on display for your enjoyment. Browse educational displays presented by local museums, select and order your favorite tulip bulbs, and shop Dutch-inspired goods, as well as Tulip Time merchandise, at the Dutch market. This event will be held Sat., May 1 through Sat., May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holland Civic Center Place. Timed tickets are required for this event and are available online for advance purchase.
VIP Walking Tours: Your costumed guide will share Holland’s history, points of interest, and more on this two-mile walking tour, followed by a one-hour private reception featuring Holland’s newest eateries, including a Charcuterie tray, wine tasting and dessert hosted by Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks.
Timed tickets are required for this event, which is only open to those aged 21 or older.
Tulip Time Painting Event: Holland artist Carolyn Stich guides guests in two classes through the painting their own masterpieces. One class features painting
a contemporary vase with a modern Delft or a vibrant tulip design; the other is centered on a spring-like painting on canvas of tulips. No painting experience is necessary.
Yoga in the Tulips: This 60-minute outdoor stretchfest happens amidst blooming tulip beds and is designed for all-ages, all-skill-levels gentle flow. Hosted by Back to Health Chiropractic. Three sessions 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 2; 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 3; and 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. Advance online registration required.
Pre-festival tulip sale: Whether or not you planted bulbs last fall, here’s a chance to bolster or beautify your home or office with potted tulips cultivated by the City of Holland. Each 10-inch pot contains 10 bulbs set to bloom this year. Bulbs can be replanted for next year. All pots must be purchased online in advance for
specific curbside pick-up day and time. On sale now through April 14; no color choices or exchanges.
Tulip Time Scavenger Hunt: How is works: Get a Scavenger Hunt flyer at the Tulip Time office, Holland Visitors Bureau, information booths, or download a copy at tuliptime.com/scavenger-hunt. Free.
Tulip Time 2021 Quilt Raffle: From April 15 through May 9, purchase tickets for a chance to win this year’s beautiful handmade quilt “Happy Tulips.” Tickets sold at the Tulip Time Office, Holland Visitors Bureau, and Apothecary Gift Shop, where the quilt will also be on display the week of the
festival. The drawing is set for May 10; ticket holders need not be present to win.
Virtual Artisan Market: Saturday, April 24 through Sunday, May 9, the Virtual Artisan Market will be online, featuring a variety of handcrafted, original pieces by juried artisans from around the US. Items include paintings, art glass, pottery, metal sculpture and much more.
For information, tickets and complete festival details visit tuliptime.com or call (800) 822-2770.