Floral exhibits and installations, international friendship activities and entertainment, tulip legacy plaza, tulip art celebrations, interactive family programming, 65th Anniversary Fireworks, Tulip Café, and much more.
For only $15 Daily Admission (free for children 12 and under) enjoy access to the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – The Friendship Floral and Art Tulip Experience from 10am to 5pm. Aberdeen Pavilion and the Great Lawn will be brimming with tulip art and floral exhibits, artistic installations, culinary experiences, interactive family programming and entertainment with special features including:
A garden of 5ft tulips like you have never seen before
Installations created by Florists Artists and landscape designers each highlight a decade of tulips with installations occupying a 3 metres by 3 metre space with height of at least 2 metres. Make sure you get your picture taken with your favourite and don’t forget to use #cdntulipfest when posting on social for a chance to win prizes.
Available for tour group bookings and corporate events
Locations: Commissioner’s Park, Dows Lake
Taste your way through the National Capital Region’s most intriguing culinary neighbourhoods on one of our gourmet food tours. Our expert guides will lead you on epicurean excursions to meet the merchants, discover outstanding ethnic and fine food shops, and sample award-winning dishes. ByWard Market and Glebe/Lansdowne tour tickets available via cestboncooking.ca; Information: [email protected] – 613 567 5757
Paint a wooden tulip and plant it amongst hundreds of others painted and planted by local school children and family visitors.
Saturday May 13 – As a salute to the Festival’s heritage, when it was common practice to take a “Sunday drive” along the “Tulip Route” Ottawa’s Model A car club brings their vintage automobiles (1928-1931) for a “show and tell” before and after their return procession along the Garden Promenade from Lansdowne Park, past Dow’s Lake Pavilion to the Experimental Farm
Presented by Billings Bridge and Carlingwood Shopping Centres Community recipients of 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Gardens, 150th Celebration Gardens of tulips and tulip festivals across Canada are featured on a Canada Map with images and videos showcased on digital screens. A 65th Anniversary initiative of The Festival in collaboration with Canadian Garden Council, the Canada Tulip Friendship Network connects communities, gardens, industry partners and events across the country through the TULIP, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of Canada’s national ethos of kindness and hospitality.
Celebrate Canada 150 at their booth and find out about the many events and activities happening all year-long. A photo booth and a colouring activity station awaits you!
Combining a love of tulips and quilting, members of the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild are displaying a quilt in honour of 65 years of international friendship. The 65-tulip quilt incorporates nine tulip patches in each of seven colours chosen for their symbolic meanings of friendship, love and hope plus two ribbon tulips that symbolize the connection between the Netherlands and Canada! #tulipquilt17
A showcase of varied music and entertainment including children’s performers, representative acts from the Festival’s Tulip Friendship Countries and Artists in Bloom Young Talent Showcase.
Location: The Great Lawn Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Animation, pageantry and merchant programs along Bank Street and throughout Lansdowne Park organized in collaboration with the Glebe Business Improvement Association (BIA)
In March 2015, the Royal Canadian Mint launched the “My Canada, My Inspiration” national contest inviting the public to create new designs for a 2017 circulation coin series celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary from five theme perspectives: Our Wonders, Our Character, Our Achievements, Our Passions, and Canada’s Future. Winning designs for each category were chosen by Canadians, who cast over one million votes. Each 2017-dated circulation coin denomination features one of the winning designs. Visit the Mint Photo Booth on opening weekend at Lansdowne Park to trade your change for a Canada 150 circulation coin! Go to www.mint.ca/canada150 for information on the Mint’s complete Canada 150 coin collection.
Peruse and purchase one of 65 works of art in multiple mediums by Canadian artists.
Confirmed artists to date:
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne Park
Enjoy Canadian wine, Canadian Tulip Festival label craft beer, official ‘Tulip Julip’ cocktails and tulip cookies from Le Moulin de Provence. All available for purchase.
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne Park
*Regular tour group and corporate menus coming soon
Contact: Annik – [email protected]
At 65 years and counting, the Canadian Tulip Festival wants to collect as many memories as it can and you can help!
Share your memorable, funny, poignant, dramatic and otherwise unforgettable Festival moment. You can submit a photo to that will then be posted in size 4×6 on our Memory Wall in The Aberdeen Pavilion (Only selected pictures will be printed and displayed). You can also submit a memory in person at the Pavilion which will also be posted on our Memory Wall.
You will be entered into a Tulip Memory Wall Raffle to win a $100 Gift Card from one of our Official Restaurant Partners
Post your Tulip Festival moment HERE!
Join us in this outdoor activity area with family programming including tulip arts and crafts for kids, face painting, roving animation and fairytale princesses by Princess Parties and more.