Tulip Festival launches in the Glebe
If any of you saw the bright fireworks exploding over Lansdowne Thursday night, you would know that Tulip Festival has arrived in the Glebe.
The fire in the sky Thursday marked the launch of the Canadian Tulip Festival and with it comes a plethora of activities from May 12-23, all centralized at Lansdowne Park.
From buskers and clown shows to art exhibits and fresh fare, Tulip Festival truly has something for everybody.
Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1940s with a Big Swing Dance inside the Aberdeen Pavilion Friday night. The night will feature WWII re-enactors, swing dance lessons and the party sounds of swing band Standing Room Only. It will only cost you $15 to dance the night away. Click here for tickets.
Saturday will be a day packed full of free, family activities throughout the Glebe, starting with the Tulip Relay Rowing Regatta on the Historic Rideau Canal at 10 a.m. Watch paddlers race to the finish on the canal, between Fifth Avenue and Lansdowne Park. Grab a seat along the gorgeous Queen Elizabeth Drive and watch the race.
After that, head into the Aberdeen Pavilion and your kids won’t be able to stop smiling. There will be face-painting, live performances, buskers and, of course, “Doo Doo” the clown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Artists looking to gain new techniques can join Gordon Harrison for his tulip painting workshop Saturday – Sunday at Dow’s lake. Learn techniques from award-winning landscape painter Harrison and paint one of his current spring Canadian landscapes. The cost is $175 plus supplies. Register here.
And don’t forget to check out all of the tulips. Stroll Dow’s Lake and smell the aroma of more than a million tulips blooming along the Tulip Route and at “Tulip Central” at Commissioner’s Park.
Tulip Festival runs May 12-23 in the Glebe. Don’t miss this fantastic family event.