Program Activities

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.

Watch and learn from visual artists and photographers creating tulip art in the park

Locations: Commissioner’s Park, Dows Lake

May 21st – Performers Aiona Santana and Sophia Radisch perform on the Friendship Stage among othertop-notch emerging Ottawa-area singers and musicians, joining such Canadian favourites as Alanis Morissette and Kathleen Edwards who have graced the Canadian Tulip Festival stage on their way to star-studded music careers.

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; Information: [email protected] – 613 567 5757

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!

Paint a wooden tulip and plant it amongst hundreds of others  painted and planted by local school children and family visitors.

Watch a presentation or pay to participate in an interactive, artist-led creative workshop.

For details and to register, book HERE

Join the team from Tiny Hoppers 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.

Lansdowne Park Tulip Festival Canada

A marketplace of interactive displays and vendors from Tulip Friendship Countries including China, Russia and Turkey.

Location: The Great Lawn, Lansdowne Park

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

  • Colours of Friendship
  • Yellow (Hope and cheerfulness)
  • Red (‘I love you’)
  • White (Foregiveness and purity)
  • Pink (Affectionate feelings)
  • Purple (Royalty)
  • Cream (Enduring love and commitment)
  • Orange (Passion and energy)

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)

Presented by Lord Elgin Hotel65 photographs curated in honour of the renowned photographer Malak Karsh who founded the festival

Location: Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne Park

May 17th

Devinder Kaur of Pranashanti Yoga Centre hosts traditional Kundalini style Yoga on the Hill.

This year is Parliament Hill Yoga’s 10 year anniversary! Every Wednesday thoughout the summer,  lululemon organizes a community yoga class that is open to all levels. Each week features a different teacher who brings a unique style of class. Located around the lawn will be people to demonstrate the poses if you ever get lost in the flow.  Up to 3000 yogis participate weekly.

Local ensembles and high school bands perform for park visitors

Locations: Commissioner’s Park, Dows Lake

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 for information on the Mint’s complete Canada 150 coin collection.

May 13-14 presented by Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival – Participate in cultural workshops and interactive arts and crafts with indigenous artists in this Algonquin Nation living history exhibit featuring curated displays and live animation including a birch bark wigwam, baskets, hides, tools and live birch bark crafts.

May 13, 14, 20 and 21st – Elsa, Anna, Moana, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella – they’re all coming to the Tulip Festival this year! Catch the princesses during the Festival Saturdays and Sundays on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park, at Mother’s Day Brunch, in the Glebe neighbourhood and at the Tulipmania Fireworks. Check program times to be sure to see the princesses when they’re scheduled to visit the Festival.  What a royal treat for you and your little ones!

Landsdowne Park

May 21 – 22 12 – 7 pm

Don’t worry if your bike isn’t in the best of shape. Bring your bike in for a quick tune-up by a professional bike mechanic from Right Bike thanks to support from Safer Roads Ottawa (hyperlink).  The free bike maintenance pod will be set up at Lansdowne Park on the Skating court from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday, May 21 to May 28th. Have Right Bike look at your brakes, gear shifting, wheels, tires and other adjustments to make sure that you are ready to ride. These are quick free tune-ups, so there may be required procedures and replacement parts that are beyond what can be done on-site.  Through the Safer Roads Ottawa program and local partners, bike repair stations are popping up at various locations across the City.  You can pump up your tires, or find tools to tighten a loose nut or carry out other basic maintenance.

Canada’s largest producer of Craft Shows from coast to coast brings 18 juried Canadian artisans to the Festival

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 8:00am: Raising funds for CHEO, the route starts and finishes on Colonel By Drive, at Echo Avenue, just west of the Bank Street Bridge. Join us at Lansdowne Park for the after party!

Immerse yourself in the scent and beauty of 65 spectacular tulip bouquets created by local floral designers.

Location: Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne Park

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 from our official supplier Creekside Estate Winery.

Find these varieties at the Tulip Café, at the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Pinot Grigio, 2013 Syrah, and 2013 Cabernet Franc.

PLUS  Quench your thirst with private label Tulip Festival Craft Beer brewed by Lowertown Brewery.

Treat yourself to an Official Tulip Cookies byLe Moulin de Provence.

Sip an Official Tulip Julip Cocktail

Location: Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne Park

*Regular tour group and corporate menus coming soon

Contact: Annik – [email protected]

Every Tulip festival site  includes a  Desjardins Tulip Info Centre  where you can learn about the Canadian Tulip Festival’s 65th Anniversary, obtain detailed information about 2017 program events,  explore tour options  and purchase Official Canadian Tulip Festival merchandise.

presented by Urban Turf – An indoor garden exploding with spring blooms centres around the Princess sculpture  created by artist Laura Browm-Breevelt

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!


A Tribute to Our Veterans: An encampment of vehicles and personnel in period uniforms

Date: Saturday May 20 & Sunday May 21 2017

Location: The Great Lawn, Lansdowne Park

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