Peptides prepped to perform #Petal #Pedal party at Pavilion
You may have been smelling tulips throughout the Glebe this weekend, but don’t stop sniffing because week two of the Canadian Tulip Festival boasts a slew of premiere events you’ll want to check out.
From maypole dancing and a tulip party with the Peptides to the Tulip Festival Fireworks show, you’ll find something for everyone at Lansdowne Park and Dow’s Lake.
Patrons can take in the festival all week long with the Family Fun Zone running everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with live music at the Friendship Stage, the World 5-foot Tulip Friendship Garden and the Tulip Trail, among other daily events.
Unique this week though includes a plethora of tulip-inspired events from painting workshops to ballet performances.
It all start with the Get Your Spring On Tulip Trio Painting Workshop Wednesday afternoon, where artists of all experience levels can paint vibrant tulips on a black background. No experience is necessary, as you will be guided through the painting process. Tickets are $75. Click here to register.
Garden celebrity Mark Burleton, the NCC Manager of Grounds and Greenhouse will take over the Aberdeen Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday for a tulip talk. Learn planting tips and hear Burleton’s favourite tulip stories. Click here for more information.
Wednesday and Thursday also feature Music and Tulips in partnership with Music & Beyond inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Wednesday features three separate concerts including celloist Julian Armour and pianist Evelyn Greenberg at 10:15 a.m. Flute player Pascale Margeley and harpist Caroline Léonardelli will perform two sets at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The concerts continue Saturday with the Maple Leaf Brass Band and the Ottawa Wind Ensemble. Click here for more details on the Music & Tulips concerts.
The festival will also showcase Turkish culture all day Thursday with a photo exhibition on The Story of the Tulip. Find out how prevalent and important tulips are in Turkish and Islamic arts and how the newfound interest of the Ottoman elite coined the phrase, “Tulip Era.” Click here to find out more about the exhibit.
Friday will feature some family fun with the Family Maypole Dancing event from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dance around on the festival’s Maypole while weaving ribbons over and under. Click here for more information.
The Ballet Society Youth Ensemble will host a performance inside the Aberdeen Pavilion Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Come out and support these young, dedicated dancers in both solo and group choreographies. Click here for more details.
The party really gets started Friday night with the #PETAL #PEDAL Tulip Party with the Peptides. The Aberdeen Pavilion will be rocking all night long with DJ Warfy, mashup performances, urban live art, tulip pong and creative battles. The Amsterdam-themed bicycle-inspired epic spring party will culminate with a live performance of one of Ottawa’s favourite party bands, the Peptides. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
So, come out and smell the tulips in the Glebe.