Canadian Tulip Festival about to bloom in the Glebe
You may soon start to smell the sweet bloom of a million tulips in Ottawa, and once you do, you’ll know that The Canadian Tulip Festival has arrived.
The multi-award winning capital festival is headed to the Glebe from May 12-22 with scores of activities happening at Lansdowne Park, and throughout the Glebe.
It all starts with an opening night vernissage inside the Aberdeen Pavilion Friday night, where members from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce will be inducted into the “Order of the Tulip,” an honour bestowed on Ottawa Mayors and Chamber Chairs since 1953.
The catered event will honour Tulip Festival founders including world-renowned photographer Malak Kars, who inspired the creation of the festival, and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, just in time for its 160th anniversary. The night will also feature a tribute to the Netherlands, whose gifts of tulips to Canada started it all.
Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.
Before that, the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery opens up at 10 a.m. Friday and runs daily during the festival inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Enjoy access to the Tulip Gallery, The Friendship Floral and Art Tulip Experience. The Great Lawn and Aberdeen Pavillion will be brimming with tulip art and floral exhibits, artistic installations, culinary experiences, interactive family programming and entertainment throughout the festival.
Take in the 65th Anniversary Tulip Wow, where florists artists will highlight a decade of tulips with installations that will take over a 3 meter by three-metre-high space inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Aberdeen will also be home to creative demonstrations and workshops, live music and the Children’s Tulip Garden where kids can paint a wooden tulip and plant it amongst hundreds of other creations.
Lansdowne is also home to the Friendship Village – a marketplace of interactive displays and vendors from Tulip Friendship Countries including China, Russia and Turkey.
Music will echo through the Aberdeen Pavilion all weekend with 10 live shows happening from Friday to Sunday evening. You’ll be grooving to everything from the RCMP Pipe and Drum Band, Swing, jazz, pop and Russian and Chinese music. Music, and programming happens all throughout the week too. Click here for the full musical lineup.
On Sunday, don’t forget about your mom. Take your mom out the Tulip Festival’s Mother’s Day Brunch inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Enjoy live jazz while you feast on fresh-cracked Canadian eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and, of course, French toast and “real” Canadian maple syrup.
There are two seatings for brunch, at 10 a.m. and another at noon. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for kids between 5-12 and $6 for kids under four. Click here for tickets.
Artists will also be live painting giant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe, beginning next week.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is also offering hop-on, hop-off tours that will bring visitors to all four major Tulip Festival sites. Click here for more information. Day passes are available for the Tulip Festival for $15, with kids 12 and under free. Click here for tickets.
But don’t head home after you fill your belly. Browse trinkets, treasures and produce at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at the Abderdeen Square Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up in-season produce including mushrooms, fresh herbs, green and yellow beans, onions, tomatoes and rhubarb. Click here for more information.