Tulip Festival – Pella, Iowa

 Tulip Festival - Pella, Iowa.jpg Tulip Festival – Pella, Iowa

Tulip Time in Pella is the first weekend in May. The city comes alive with a parade, garden displays of tulips and celebrations.

The Pella Tulip Festival began in 1935 in celebration of the town’s heritage. It is a three day event that features street washing parades, costumed wooden shoe dancers, wooden shoe carving demonstrations, street venders selling poffertjes (Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch batter treat. Poffertjes look like tiny pancakes, but they are much sweeter. In contrast with pancakes, poffertjes are turned before one side is completely done, which results in a much softer core than pancakes have.Typically, poffertjes are served with poedersuiker (powdered sugar) and butter.) and an antique Dutch street organ.

This celebration brings people from all over the world to view the fabulous display of tulips and some exposure to the Dutch culture….if only for a few days.

Wednesday Early Bird Previews
9:00 A.M. Historical Village Tours 9:00 am – 5pm

Scholte Home Tours 9:00 am – 5 pm

Vermeer Museum 9:00 am – 5 pm

Rolscreen Museum 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

10:00 A.M Pella City Tours 10:00 – 5:00

Quilt Show 10:00 – 6:00

6:00 P.M. Kids Fun Run
7:00 P.M. Klompen Classic 5K Run/Walk
begins at. 625 Franklin Street.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Please get a map and schedule when you arrive from Information Windmill in Central Park)
Morning 7:30 A.M.. Young Artists Exhibition (7:30 – 5:00) Community Center
8:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. Pella City Tours
9:00 A.M. Historical Village / Vermeer Mill Tours (9 – 6)

Scholte House Tours (9 – 6)

Flower Show Open (9 -6)

Hagens-Van Willigen House (9 -6)

Dutch Master Antique Auto Display (9-7:30)

Dutch Craft Market (9 – 7)

Golf Car Shuttle (9 – 2)

10:30 A.M. Bob Ralston Theatre Organ Concert *
90 minutes. Reserved seating. Pella Opera House
Duchesses perform

12:00 Dutch Organ Recital
Second Reformed Church. Free.
Kids Corner (Friday 12 – 8)

Afternoon 12:45 P.M. Grandstand Show *
The show includes Dutch Cheese Market, Street and Stage Entertainment, Coronation (Thursday), Presentation of Royal Court (Friday and Saturday), Dutch Dancers, Street Scrubbers, and the best view of the Volks Parade! Reserved Grandstand and Park Seating.
2:30 P.M. Volks Parade
View a parade with floats, bands, and many Dutch specialty attractions.
4:00 P.M. Golf Car Shuttle (4 – 7)
Kids Corner (Thursday 4 – 8)

Pella City Tours Resume (4 – 6)

4:30 P.M. Bob Ralston Theatre Organ Concert *
(Thursday and Friday only). 90 minutes. Reserved seating. Pella Opera House.
5:00 P.M. Tractor Rodeo East side of square on Main Street. Watch drivers test their skills and abilities on new and antique tractors at speed accuracy, balancing and precision driving.

Feesthouden Program Highlights
Thursday evening at 7:00 "Flying Pans" a steel drum band from Central College, will entertain with Caribbean music.

Friday evening at 7:00 The Iowa Youth Chorale, some of Iowa’s best young musicians, sponsored by Vermeer Corp. in celebration of Vermeer 60th anniversary

Saturday evening at 7:00 – Richie Lee, a Buddy Holly impersonator will bring us back to the sounds of the 50′s

Evening 6:30 P.M. Thursday & Friday – Return to the Forbidden Planet
4:30 Saturday – Return to the Forbidden Planet

7:00 P.M. Grandstand Show. * Also know as Feesthouden, includes nightly entertainment as highlighted above and the following:
Fun-filled family program, Street and Stage Entertainment, Street Scrubbers, Dutch Dancers. Best view of lighted Volks Parade. Reserved and General Admission Grandstand and Park Seating.
8:30 P.M.- 9:45 P.M. Lighted Volks Parade.
Parade with lighted floats, bands, and many Dutch specialty attractions.

11:30 A.M. Thanksgiving and Praise Service
Services held at the Tulip Toren. Rain location: First Reformed Church, 603 Broadway.

* Advance tickets for stage performances are available at Pella Historical Business Office, 507 Franklin St. Pella, IA 50219.

Tickets available at the gate for evening performances.


  1. Connie Andrews says:

    Brought a group up several years ago and would like information on 2009
    Tulip Festival

    Connie Andrews
    15315 W 93rd Terrace
    Lenexa, KS 66219

  2. The only information we have at this time is that the 2009 festival will be from May 7-9.
    Thank you for asking.
    The Editor

  3. Bonnie Verburg says:

    The 2010 festival is May 6, 7, & 8 and celebrates 75 years of Tulip Time in Pella.

  4. Donna Lindeman says:

    My husband and I plan to attend the Festival for the first time. What are the dates? Will the event begin in April ending in May or will it begin Thursday, May 6? Thank you.

  5. The tulip festival in Pella, Iowa will be May 7, 8, 9th 2010. Enjoy

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