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?

Advance tickets can be purchased at now through April 10, 2020 (or contact 641.628.4311). Tickets will also be available during the festival at the festival ticket booth located near the grandstand area at the corner of Franklin and Main streets.

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.

What are the parade times during Tulip Festival?

We feature two parades on Thursday, Friday and Saturday: an afternoon parade at 2:30 PM and a lighted evening parade at 8:30 PM. The best way to see the parade is from the Grandstand but if you’d rather, you can place your chairs and/or a blanket anywhere on the parade route and enjoy the excitement!

Do you have a schedule of events for each day? Click on link below for a complete schedule for each day:


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.

Trinity Reformed Church 
407 Franklin Street, 641-628-2714 
10:30 am – 1:00 pm| $10 per person
Advanced reservations available for groups of 20 or more. Ham or roast beef, mashed potatoes, beans, roll, choice of pie or almond bar and drink. Located one block east of the Historical Village. Motor coaches receive free parking when making meal reservations.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS:  Click for list of restaraunts

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?

Most events and activities are within walking distance of a three block radius of the town square. Various areas may be closed for parades, staging, and activities, so please allow plenty of time if you are driving. Golf cart shuttles are available for $1 per ride or $4 per day. Day passes may be pre-ordered using the order form or purchased the day of the festival from a golf cart shuttle driver or at the ticket booth. Golf carts pick up and drop off passengers at designated sites only. Shuttle hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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.

Where should I park? 

Parking is available along streets or in designated parking lots. We encourage visitors to use the designated pay parking lots on the west side of town on Friday and Saturday (Exit 40 from HWY 163). The cost is $8 per vehicle and includes a free shuttle to the festival area. Another lot on the southeast side of town (Exit 44 from HWY 163) is available on Saturday. There are free shuttles from these lots to the downtown area. See for a map of parking areas.

Do you have a map of the parade route in the downtown area? Click for Tulip Time Map 2019