Tulip Time Festival returns to Holland this weekend with some changes due to COVID

Tulip Time Festival runs from May 1 - May 9

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HOLLAND, Mich. – The Tulip Time Festival is returning to Holland, Michigan this year after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival is traditionally a massive celebration set when millions of tulips bloom, filling public parks and streets with their colors. It runs from May 1 through May 9.

This year the festival takes place over eight days and within a 4-mile radius of Downtown Holland.

This year, the carnival will be returning to the festival starting on April 30 and running through May 9.

COVID-19 precautions

The parades and Dutch dance performances will not happen this year due to COVID-19.

Festival organizers are putting measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. That includes limiting the number of guests at certain events via timed ticketing. Tickets must be purchased online and cash transactions will not be allowed.

Face coverings are required for all guests ages two and older. If you can’t wear a mask then you must wear a face shield. Social distancing is also encouraged.

Click here to view the full list of precautions.


The carnival kicks off the festival on Friday (April 30) at 5 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. in the Civic Center Lot.

There are several events planned for Saturday (May 1) including a virtual visit with Princess Lida, a virtual Tulip Time run, walking tours, Tall Ship Dockside tours, a Dutch costume exhibit and Dutch market and a VIP walking tour.

Other events include a Tulip Time painting event, yoga in the tulips, a scavenger hunt, quilt raffle, virtual artisan market and more.

Click here to view the full list of events.

Click here for more information about Tulip Time.

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