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Albany’s 69th Annual Tulip Festival kicks off this weekend

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Albany’s 69th Annual Tulip Festival kicks off this weekend

Whether you’re looking for a lovely family outing at the park, or a reason to get piss-drunk and yell about the length of the cotton candy line during the Wild Adriatic set, Albany’s heralded Tulip Festival is the place for you. In all honesty, the beloved pilgrimage to Washington Park never fails to be one of the most enjoyable Albany events of the year. Loads of food trucks, artisanal crafts, activities for kids, live music and an ever-gorgeous array of tulips–all of which is open to the public. The fest is a saving grace for college students relegated to the desolate and largely nature-less Pine Hills, and a fantastic example as to how much fun Albany can be when given the opportunity. 69 years of that is impressive, and hopefully the city has 69 more in its tank. Rain or shine, don’t miss this Capital Region springtime staple.

Head to the park for live music and festival events from Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May, 14 from 10AM-6PM.

Here is the full schedule:

 SATURDAY, MAY 13

TULIP QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Nominations accepted through April 1. Visit www.albanytulipqueen.com for more information. 

11:30 a.m. – The Mendelssohn Club of Albany

11:45 a.m. – Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
2016 Tulip Queen Adaviah Ward, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2017 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 69th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.

  

MAIN STAGE

Washington Park Parade Grounds
Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX
4:30 p.m. – Minus The Bear
3:00 p.m. – The Palms
1:30 p.m. – Wild Adriatic

LOCAL 518 STAGE

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Presented by WellCare

Media sponsor: Exit 97.7

4:45 p.m. – Dryer
3:30 p.m. – Cannon the Brave
2:15 p.m. – Jasper
1:00 p.m. – Maurizio

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14

MAIN STAGE
Media sponsors: 98.3 TRY, 99.5 The River & PYX 106 
4:30 p.m. – The Delfonics 
3:00 p.m. – Erin Harkes
1:30 p.m. – Holly and Evan


LOCAL 518 STAGE
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
4:45 p.m. – Ramblin’ Jug Stompers
3:30 p.m. – Dyer Switch Band
2:15 p.m. – Sydney Worthley 
1:00 p.m. – Andrew Wheeler & Donna Marie Tritico

12:00 p.m. – 19th 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, with support from Fidelis Care.

 

KIDZONE 

Presented by Price Chopper & Market 32.
Enjoy pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, facepainting, games and more fun for the whole family!

PRICE CHOPPER KIDZONE STAGE
Continuous entertainment for all ages, all weekend long. 
Noon –  Artpartners/Tsehaya & Co.
12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. – Park Playhouse
1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Andy “The Music Man” Morse
1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. – Stephen Gratto
2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile

 

ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER KIDZONE ACTIVITY TENT
Saturday: 
Albany Public Library’s pop-up secret garden library reading room offers games, crafts and activities for the whole family. You never know what hidden treasures will be in the secret garden!
Sunday: Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany for physical fitness activities and hands on crafts with the newly crowned 2017 Albany Tulip Queen and Court! 

SCHOOL OF ROCK TENT 
Young up-and-coming musicians enrolled in the School of Rock program perform throughout the weekend! Catch the stars of the future here first.

CULTURAL HERITAGE TENT
Learn more about Albany’s Dutch heritage, its Sister City connection with Nijmegen, Netherlands, and the 70th anniversary of the city-wide humanitarian effort that helped inspire the very first Tulip Festival.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

DRAWING UP CENTRAL 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 283 Central Avenue (between N. Lake & Quail)
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. To register, please visit www.centralbid.com. 

ROYAL TULIP BALL 
6:30pm, Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle St, Albany)
An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit the Capital City Fund.Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Sarah Kampf at 518.209.1000 or tulipball@albanyny.gov


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) throughout the festival. 

Handicap parking available at Albany Medical Center lot at Robin & Morris Streets. A free, accessible CDTA shuttle runs to and from the Madison & New Scotland entrance to the park throughout the festival.

Find more parking options at www.parkalbany.com


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

This event is produced with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer or calling 518.434.5411.



Presented by generous event sponsors: 

GEICOPrice Chopper & Market 32, Bud Light, Saratoga EagleAlbany Medical CenterCDTA & Wellcare

LL Bean, Barefoot Wine, Comfort Windows, House of Air, Hilton Garden Inn, New York State Lottery, Softub Express, Wild Bill’s Soda.
AAA Hudson Valley, School of Rock. 

Media Partners: 
WEQX, Exit 97.7, B95.5, 98.3 TRY, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, Albany.com, The Alt, Empire Broadcasting, Fly 92, Jamz 96.3, NYS Music, Rewind 105.7, Parent Pages, Spot 518, Spiral Design, WGNA, WSG & WVCR 88.3 The Saint, Yelp, 107.3 The arts.

Special ground rules in effect: 
No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area
No glass containers
No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)
No recording of performances

All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.

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