Holland, Michigan's Tulip Time Festival

May 2, 2011 9:53:48 AM PDT
If you've always wanted to experience an authentic Holland springtime festival, but haven't been able to travel to Europe, you might want to consider traveling to Holland, Michigan.

Tulip Time festival, tuliptime.com, is running from May 7th until the 14th. The festival is a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including 3 parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, food, children's events and much more. The first Tulip Time Festival was 1927.

Music and dance. From street organs and carillon towers to Battle of the Bands, visitors to Tulip Time Festival enjoy a continual serenade. At Windmill Island and Dutch Village, De Gulden Engel (the Golden Angel) calliope street organ plays. Dutch Klompen dancing (performed by costumed students from local schools) is a favorite for Windmill Island, Dutch Village and Tulip Time visitors.

Dutch Village: Nelis' Dutch Village is a theme park that simulates life in the Netherlands, with interactive displays, period buildings and heritage artisans. Visitors sample Dutch treats, ride vintage carousel and swings and watch wooden shoes being made and marvel at Blue Delft pottery.

Tulips! Veldheer Tulip Gardens. Home of the famous tulip nursery and farms and DeKlomp Blue Delft and Wooden Shoe Factory, this is a must-see stop for your Tulip Time visit. Windmill Island Gardens. Windmill Island proudly shows her colors with acres of tulips and the lovely 18th century DeZwaan windmill.

Eating: One of Holland's most popular traditional Dutch restaurant is the deBoer Dutch Bakery. New Holland Brewery serves craft beers and delicious food and you can find several local vendors at the Dutch Marktplaats in the Civic Center.

holland.org and michigan.org