Holland Tulip Festival 2022: Ultimate Guide to Tulip Time in Holland Michigan
Holland’s Tulip Time Travel Guide
Spring means one thing in West Michigan: the Holland Tulip Festival, also known as Tulip Time. This year, the Holland Tulip Time Festival is scheduled for May 7- May 15, 2022.
That means eight full days of a carnival, events and activities in and around Holland MI, all surrounded by flowering tulips.
Holland Michigan Tulip Time Interactive Map
Scroll though the bottom for an interactive map of the Holland Tulip Festival activities and events. You’ll find the best places to see tulips, as well as restaurants, hotels and more!
There’s no better time to celebrate spring in Michigan than seeing more than 6 million tulips abloom in blazing color. Events and activities take place in different locations, and tulips can be seen for no charge in public parks and along downtown streets.
The Holland Michigan Tulip Festival is a top tourist event in North America, that you won’t want to miss. With family-friendly outdoor activities, Dutch dance performances, endless tulip fields and even an authentic Dutch windmill, theres simething for everyone at this fun spring festival.
Read on to learn more about planning a vacation, day trips or road trips to see the more than 6 million tulips that decorate the city of Holland during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival…it may be the trip idea you were seeking.
Spring Means Tulip Festival Time in Holland Michigan
In this city of wooden shoes, Dutch Village and Dutch windmills, the annual flower festival in Holland Michigan, celebrating the area’s rich connection to the Netherlands, is a highlight of the year.
The Holland Tulip Time Festival is a nine day-long special event filled with family fun including Tulip CIty Trolley Tours, visits to tulip farms, and even a ferris wheel.
The fun starts in downtown Holland, when charming 8th Street, the brick-paved lane that cuts through downtown Holland, takes on a festive air as Tulip Time nears. Outside the downtown area, each flower field and flower farm becomes one giant tulip garden for you to explore.
Use the guide below for the best festival events and the best places to see the tulip fields, and more.
Holland MI Tulip Time Festival Events and Activities
It’s been named one of the “Best Small Town Festivals in the U.S.,” and with good reason. Fun events, activities and things to do take place all week long at different locations throughout the city.
When: Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Where: Beechwood Church
An annual tradition for more than 20 years, this popular artisan markets features over 240 juried artisans with their handmade, original works.
Food trucks will be on site and pop-up Dutch Dance performances will be happening throughout the market event times.
When: Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m. – Sunday, May 14.
Where: Civic Center Lot in Holland, MI
Visit the Carnival Midway for a variety of food, attractions, rides, and more. Wristbands are required and can be purchased on location.
When: Beginning May 5 at 7 p.m. and running through May 14
Where: Various locations througout Holland, MI
Watch as groups of costumed locals in wooden shoes perform traditional Dutch dances, called “Klompen Dance.” These 1-15 minute long performmace are held daily throughout the festival, a perfect way to celebrate the local heritage.
Use this schedule to find times and locations of Klompen Dance performances.
Quilt Show and Raffle
When: Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 15
Where: Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424
Enjoy a unique display of over 100 exquisite quilts, wall hangings and art quilts. Local artists provide all of the creations that are beautifully displayed. Every cut, every stitch, every pattern will showcase the quilter’s skill and experience in this increasingly rare craft.
Be sure and purchase a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind quilt, made specifically to commemorate this year’s festival.
Tulip Time Parades
When: Kinderparade is Thursday, May 12 at 2-3 p.m.; Volksparade is Saturday, May 14, from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Kinderparade Route is 8th Street between Columbia & Kollen Park; Volksparade Route is 8th Street from Columbia to Van Raalte and 24th
There’s two parades from which to choose: a parade featuring elementary school children dressed in full Dutch heritage costume and a parade featuring local marching bands, community floats and others. in a fun twist, they are preceeded down the parade route by the Mayor, local dignitaries and other, dressed in full Dutch costume, whe clean the streets for the parade paricipants.
Tall Ship Dockside Tours
When: Daily, Saturday, May 7 through Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
Where: Boatwerks East Dock
Tour the Friends Good Will, a replica Great Lakes sloop from 1810 owned and operated by the Michigan Maritime Museum of South Haven. This tall ship offers a unique opportunity to learn about and explore the maritime heritage of the area. It’s one of our favorite things to do during Tulip TimeL don’t miss it!
Tulip Immersion Garden
When: Daily; Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 15; Various Times
Where: Ottawa County Fairgrounds
You’ll find 50,000 tulips in varying colors and types in the immserive experience by Dutch horticulturist Ibo Gülsen. Learn the history of the tulip, from its origins in Turkey, to the Netherlands, and finally to the small-town community of Holland, Michigan. If you’re on Instagram, you’ll want to head to this very insta-grammable setting for some amazing captures!
When: Online only March 15 – April 22
Where: Pick Up at Holland Parks Dept., 429 E. 24th St.Holland, MI 49423
One-of-a-kind souvenirs are still available as the opportunity to purchase potted tulips will be coming soon. Each pot contains 8-10 imported tulip bulbs which will bloom come spring bringing a burst of color to your home or garden.
Tulip Time Run
When: Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Kollen Park, Holland MI
Celebrate the spring while you run through the tulip-lined streets! The Tulip Time Run offers an event for everyone — a 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run. And, back again, is the Tulip Time Virtual Run. If you cannot make it to Holland, Michigan for the Tulip Time Festival, run a 5K or 10K as your schedule permits, on any course of your choosing. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved!
Not quite up to running? It’s OK! The 5K and 10K Run/Walk begin at 8am and participants can run or walk both the 5K and 10K. Get complete details and register at the link below.
Tulip Time Walking Tours at Windows on the Waterfront
When: Daily, Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 15
Where: Windows on the Waterfront
Walking tours will be available downtown throughout the festival week for those with tickets. For 1.5 miles, you will be led by a costumed guide through charming downtown Holland. You will learn all about Holland’s history, points of interest, and other fun facts about the quaint town as you witness the beauty of the colorful tulip blossoms all around you.
Zeeland Girl Exhibit
When: Daily, Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 15; Hour-long Viewing Time Available
Where: Holland Armory
Dutch photographer, Rem van den Bosch, has his U.S. exhibit of “Zeeland Girl,” a a collaborative project involving dressmakers hand-sewing traditional dresses with modern spins and photography. van den Bosch’s striking photos will be displayed on towering, 10-foot-tall displays, and side-by-side with twenty-five of the dresses used in the series.
Walking tours will be available downtown throughout the festival week for those with tickets. For two miles you will be led by a costumed guide through charming downtown Holland. You will learn all about Holland’s history, points of interest, and other fun facts about the quaint town as you witness the beauty of the colorful tulip blossoms all around you.
Holland MI Tulip Farms
Tulip Lane – Ever seen a entire lane of tulips? Each year, hundreds of thousands of tulips bulbs are planted along the streets of Holland for a breathtaking explosion of color. Want to learn where to see these beautiful floral displays? Click here for a guide from the city of Holland. You can also walk through Centennial Park in downtown holland to explore the beautiful spring gardens.
Nelis Dutch Village – This authentic dutch village allows you to step back 100 years into the Netherlands. You’ll see traditional Dutch costume in this theme park, a wooden shoe factory, cheese-making and a petting zoo.
Veldheer’s Tulip Farm, DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory – Visiting this Delft pottery and wooden shoe factory set in the midst of a tulip farm is a must for visitors to Holland. Watch as the artists hand paint the beautiful blue and white pottery and take in the fields of over six million beautiful tulips. the Veldheer Tulip Garden is one of out favorite pots to visit during the Tulip Festival in Holland.
Windmill Island Gardens – De Zwaan, the name given to Holland’s iconic working windmill, is a favorite tourist attraction in Holland. and we love visiting the endless waves of tulips beds mingled with other perennial and annual flowers. You’ll find a Dutch carousel and Amsterdam Street organ for more family fun.
Where to Stay in Holland During Tulip Time
Staying in town for Tulip Time is a great choice, especially for those looking for a vacation that is both affordable and reasonably local. There are several ways to enjoy staying in Holland – consider these hospitality options.
Ottawa County Fairgrounds
For camping enthusiasts eager to get back to the great outdoors, the Ottaway County Fairgrounds offer quiet lots in the sun or shade with electrical and water hookups for RVs and trailers. Additionally, modern bathroom and shower facilities help make the camping experience feel a little less rustic.
Courtyard by Marriott – Holland Downtown
For those who want a more traditional hotel experience, the Courtyard Marriott location in downtown Holland is a great choice. Here you will find comfortable and flexible spaces to work or relax using the free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Additionally, The Bistro is the on-site destination for breakfast in the morning, or drinks and dinner in the evening.
CityFlatsHotel in Holland is one of three locations, all in Michigan. The Holland location has a variety of room options and free Wi-Fi to suit your hospitality needs all while utilizing modern and eco friendly designs. Enjoy amenities including the CitySēn Lounge and its kitchen, as well as CityBrü Coffee for the perfect start to your day. One of the best views in town is from the hotel’s CityVū Events outdoor patio – perfect for Tulip Time.
Haworth Inn and Conference Center
Where to Eat During Holland’s Tulip Festival
A day spent exploring the town and enjoying Tulip Time festivities will certainly work up an appetite. Holland has numerous dining choices, which is great, but can also be a bit overwhelming. To help narrow it down, here are some of our favorite Michigan restaurants in Holland.
73 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
The Curragh is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of downtown Holland. Here you can enjoy the casual social nature of a pub while grabbing brews with friends or chowing down on some classic Irish or American grub. If you aren’t quite ready for dining in, they conveniently offer family-style takeaway meals that feed four.
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant
216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
As far as waterfront dining in Holland goes, no one outdoes Boatwerks. On the beautiful Lake Macatawa, the inspired design of Boatwerks invokes a distinctly naval atmosphere as the building replicates architecture from the historic boat building factories that preceded it. Here you can take in the magnificent view from the elevated dining room seating while you dine on quality American fare.
Our Brewing Company
76 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
For the many beer lovers in Michigan, Our Brewing Company is the downtown Holland nano-brewery for you. This local spot was created by a pair of couples whose love for beer pushed them into the brewing business. Since 2012 they have been serving up carefully selected craft beer brewed using local ingredients. The atmosphere of the brewery is fun and exciting with trivia and games galore and live music.
King’s Cove Deli
430 W 17th St #12, Holland, MI 49423
For all the deli favorites, King’s Cove Deli in Holland is the place to go. Whether you want a sub sandwich or a pizza, King’s Cove has you covered. The sandwich selection is vast offering everything from rubens to tuna melts and even grilled cheese. If you’re more in the mood for pizza, you surely won’t be disappointed with the plethora of specialty pizza options.
Holland Tulip Time Festival Interactive Map
Why Visit Holland, MI in the Spring?
While we all agree that each of the four seasons in Michigan are beautiful, there is something about spring that stands out. In Holland MI, as winter snow melts away and reveals the grass beneath, the animals return and breathe life back into the state.
The unmatchable beauty of Holland during the tulip season is apparent when you see the tulips in red, pink, orange, yellow, and more blooming off the breathtaking coast of Lake Michigan.
The Tulip Time celebration showcases stunning tulips, honors Dutch heritage, and celebrates Holland’s community. Whether you’re in Grand Rapids or from further away, it’s worth a drive to this special event in Michigan. Surrounding yourself with these beautiful blooms at the Holland Tulip Fesitival really IS a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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