Tulip Time FAQ

When is the Tulip Time Festival?

Thursday, May 6, through Saturday, May 8, 2021. The festival is held the first full weekend of May each year.

How can I order tickets for the Festival?

Pella Historical Society’s online ticket office will not be open for Tulip Time 2021. Instead, you can purchase tickets at the location of the event when you arrive in Pella during the festival. Visit Pella Historical for more information.

When will the tulips be at their prime?

The tulips in Pella are intentionally planted to be at their best during Tulip Time. The gardeners plant a broad variety of tulips with differing maturation dates for the best chance at some color for the festival. However, weather is unpredictable and an early or late spring does affect bloom season. But, it’s fairly safe to say that you should see beds of tulips in bloom from the week before Tulip Time through the week after. The City of Pella updates a bloom status map frequently during bloom season. Click here to view the map.

Where is the best place to eat during the Festival?

Food is a big part of our festival! There are three options for dining featuring Dutch specialty treats during our festival: street vendors, local organization meals or restaurants.


So many options to choose from! Featuring everything from funnel cakes and burgers to Dutch festival favorites like poffertjes (mini sweet pancakes), Pella Bologna on a Stick, Stroopwafels (two waffle cookies sandwiching hot caramel-molasses filling), and Vet Bollen (hot raisin doughnuts).


Memorial Building – Dutch Lunch
 Serving buffet style | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm – $10 per person
Enjoy a Dutch lunch prepared by the award winning Central College Catering featuring Dutch spiced beef, hutspot, snijboontjes, pea soup and more. Entertainment by the Pella High School Strolling Strings. Relax in our air-conditioned building and enjoy a Dutch experience. Visit the Veteran’s Museum with artifacts from the Civil War through Operation Desert Storm.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Click for list of restaurants

What lodging opportunities are in the Pella area? Click here to find a place to stay. Call early –  hotels fill up quickly!!!!

What is the best way to get around Pella during the Tulip Festival?

Streets around the town square are closed to vehicle traffic during the festival. Most events and activities at our Tulip Time Festival are within walking distance of a four-block radius of the town square. Golf cart shuttles are available for your convenience for $2 per ride or $5 per day. Day passes may be purchased the day of the festival from a golf cart shuttle driver or at the ticket booth. Masks are required on the shuttles. Golf carts pick up and drop off passengers at designated sites only. Shuttle hours are 10 am – 8 pm. A schedule of events and locator map will be available during the festival from the information centers.

Where should I park? 

We encourage you to take advantage of our designated pay parking lots on the west side of town (Exit 40 from Hwy 163) on Friday and Saturday, and on the southeast side of town (Exit 44 from Hwy. 163) on Saturday only. Cost is $8 per vehicle and includes a free shuttle into the downtown area. View maps online at A limited amount of handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pella Public Library parking lot with access from Liberty Street. Walking is a large part of the festival! Plan accordingly and be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

What provisions do you have for those who are handicapped or have mobility concerns?

Handicap parking is available on a first come, first served basis at the Pella Public Library parking lot with access from Liberty Street. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available (non-electric) at the Third Hands Hospitality Tent in the NW corner of Central Park. We reserve a number of accessible grandstand seats for those with physical limitations. Please call 641-628-4311 to make arrangements.