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The 71st Albany Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival is presented by Citizens Bank



Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

Nominations accepted through April 5. Visit www.albanytulipqueen.com to nominate! 

11:30a.m. –The Mendelssohn club A local institution for over a century, this acclaimed male chorus is the longest continuously performing arts group in the Capital Region. 

11:45 a.m. – Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)

2018 Tulip Queen Sawyer Cresap, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2019 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 71st Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.



Washington Park Parade Grounds

Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX - The REAL Alternative

1:30p.m. – El Modernist: Delivers a new take on the world of indie rock. With pulsating hooks and lush melodic waves of psychedelia, the band combines upbeat, catchy garage-rock with a modern alternative hip-hop sound. 

3:00p.m. – The Greeting Committee: this Kansas City-based band delivers an undeniably original selection of songs that feel as intimate as a basement recording but unfold in intricate textures and melodic sophistication. 

4:30p.m. – KONGOS: is a rock band of four brothers - Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos. Their song “Come With Me Now” put KONGOS on the map in the United States and worldwide. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history.


Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

Media sponsor: WEXT Radio

1:00p.m. – Hasty Page: is a group of young, innovative musicians that came together to create an exciting and inspirational new sound for their fans. The original music they write paints a theatrical image through the use of creative lyrics and intricate musicianship. 

2:15p.m. – C.K. & The Rising Tide: is an alt, country/folk rock band choosing to record on their own in an upstate log cabin, the band put their noses to the grindstone and put together an album of insightful, clever, honest and meaningful songs that are rooted in folk-rock and venture into the indie rock and country spectrums.

3:30p.m. –  Sydney Worthley: is a shining young singer/songwriter who melds alt-rock, folk, and pop into a sound all her own. Sydney’s debut album, Strong, is a 14-track roller coaster built on strength, courage, and perseverance.

4:45p.m. – Wild Planes: is a rock/pop band consisting of Lead Singer/Guitarist Kris Carmello, Bassist Jimmy “Ray” Hoag, and Drummer Andre Jevnik. Being labeled as a "wild"  band with an unmatched energy and a big personality, Wild Planes is on the rise fusing Rock "N" Roll and Pop. 


12:00 p.m. – 21st  Annual Mother of the Year Award

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

B95.5’s Joe Condon and local officials recognize the Capital Region’s most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter’s Health Partners, Times Union & B95.5.  Nominations open April 8 at www.motheroftheyearalbany.com.


Media sponsors: KISS 102-3 & 99.5 The River 

1:30p.m. – Girl Blue: is a powerhouse vocalist and a rare genuine talent, most especially shining as a live performer, where she has the unique ability to silence a room with just her voice and a guitar. She continues to tour regularly and record her own music independently in collaboration with Just Pretend Records.

3:00p.m. – Moriah Formica: has already made a name in the music industry. A top 20 contestant on Season 13 of NBC's The Voice, Moriah has wowed the coaches and the world at large with her performances. The coaches had this to say: "So much talent, it's almost unfair to the rest of the world. You are a born rockstar" - (Blake Shelton).

4:30p.m. – MarshallCharloff & The Purple Xperience:  this five-piece group hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, MN. They have been touring around the country bringing the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution in the world to audiences of all generations. Band leader Marshall Charloff recorded with Prince on the album 94 East, where Marshall plays both keyboards and bass guitar and Prince is on lead vocals.


Media sponsor: WEXT Radio

1:00p.m. – Mike Grutka Music: this acoustic based singer/songwriter blends funky-modern-roots with a rock and roll sound that has already scored him airplay at more than 400 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada.

2:15p.m. – Honey Slider: is a folk rock/pop duo-band based in Albany, NY. After meeting at SUNY Albany in 2012, Caity Gallagher (vocals, keys, guitar) and Alec Lewis (vocals, lead guitar) have grown as both musicians and colleagues. Their roots in musical theater shine through their classic rock and folk influences, especially during their live performance. 

3:30p.m. – Bird Streets: springs from the mind of songwriter John Brodeur. The name references a tony real-estate enclave in the Hollywood Hills, as well as Brodeur’s hometown of Albany, N.Y., which provided the characters and inspiration for some of the band’s songs. Their sound is both fresh and familiar--a dynamic collection of introspective indie rock and power pop that draws liberally on the music of decades past without being bluntly nostalgic, with Brodeur’s voice like an old friend you’re meeting for the first time.

4:45p.m. – Let's Be Leonard: Let's Be Leonard is a group of rockers hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY. They're road warriors, they're lovers, laughers, thinkers. They've thrown more frisbee than all of their extended families combined, and they can certainly put on a heck of a show.


Presented by Price Chopper & Market 32.


Enjoy pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, facepainting, music, games and more fun for the whole family!


Continuous entertainment for all ages, all weekend long!

***Saturday only***12:15p.m., 2:00p.m. - Park Playhouse: Washington Park’s beloved theater group offers exciting sneak previews of their 2019 musical productions!

***Sunday only *** 12:15p.m., 2:00p.m.-The Tick Brothers: this duo puts out a full band sound that’s sure to soothe the soul and rock your bones! 

1:00p.m. -  Artpartners: this community-based dance training program presents a stellar performance bridging classic and modern styles.

1:15p.m., 4:00p.m. –Melvin the Magnificent: is a professional magician played by Joe Goode, his shows are action packed, interactive, and sure to bring huge laughs from the entire audience. 

2:45p.m., 4:45p.m. – Andy “The Music Man” Morse: a well-versed children's musician renowned for delighting audiences of all ages through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling. 

3:30p.m., 5:30p.m. - Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile: a Capital Region musical treasure, exuberantly promoting her mission of building peaceful communities through original songs for all ages.


Saturday: Albany Public Library is out of this world! Join us in the kids tent for space theme crafts and activities geared to ages 3-8.

Albany Department of Recreation will also be running a Lacrosse Clinic, Tug of War challenge and stationary ball Toss.  

Sunday: Come see L.L.Bean at the Kids Zone and learn how to make a Paracord Bracelet (survival bracelet) and take it home. It’s free and fun.



Monday May 6th – May 8th 2pm & 5:00p.m., Thursday May 9th 1p.m.,3p.m. 5p.m., Friday May 10th 10a.m.,1p.m., 5:30p.m.

Washington Park tulip beds

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Free. Spaces are limited and reservations are required; call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).



11:30 a.m. – noon, outside Albany City Hall

Amy Heebner performs a special Tulip Festival 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.


12p.m., 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 71 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession with the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2019 Tulip Queen finalists.


12:30 p.m., 90 State 

Immediately following the street scrubbing, the Tulip Festival Luncheon is a farewell and thank you to 2018 Albany Tulip Queen Sawyer Cresap and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Court’s educational programs via the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Tickets are required contact: 518-573-0051 kjbender3@icloud.com to purchase.




6:30p.m., 60 State Place in Downtown 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


May 18th: Tulip Dig

Begins 9 a.m. at the Moses Fountain

The City will provide tools, but please bring a garden fork (NOT a shovel) if you have one.  Bulbs are $5 for a bag of 30 – 5 bags per person.  The tulip dig is limited strictly to designated beds, under the direction of park staff and volunteers and ends promptly at 12:00 p.m..    

May 19th: Tulip Sale

Begins 9 a.m. at the Lakehouse

The remaining bulbs are first come/ first serve and are $5 for a bag of 30 – 2 bags per person.  The sale is open while supplies last.     


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


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 518.434.5416.

Presented by generous event sponsors: 

Citizens Bank, Price Chopper & Market 32, GEICO, CDTA, DeCrescente, Heineken, Amstel Light, Druthers, Albany Parking Authority, Spectrum News

Hampton Inn & Suites, House of Air, New York State Lotto,Comfort Windows, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, T-Mobile, Custom Built, Bathfitter, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Exploria Resorts, Green Mountain Energy, Wild Bill’s Soda, Travel Resorts of America, Common Energy, LL Bean, Sensys Gatso, Life Safety Security, Keeler, Albany Empire, West Elm, OverIt, Cabot, Satch Sales, Trader Joe’s.

Media Partners: 

WEQX, Exit 97.7, B95.5, 98.3 TRY, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, Kiss 102.3, Albany.com, Fly 92, Jamz 96.3, Magic 590, 100.9 The Cat, NYS Music, ALT 105.7, Q103, Spot 518, Spiral Design, WGNA, Wild Country 99.9, WSG & WVCR 88.3 The Saint, WCAA 107.3.

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.