in the Great Lakes
Tulip Time Festival
Have you ever seen an authentic, Dutch windmill spinning next to a field of colorful tulips? How about Dutch wooden shoes being worn by costumed, parade dancers, walking-tour guides and others? The Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan showcases both of these things and more in its annual early-May celebration of tulips. Tulip Time events, music, arts, food, and entertainment abound in this small town situated on Lake Macatawa near the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
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Click here to see the 2023 Tulip Time Festival Guide.
Windmill Island Gardens
An operating Dutch windmill known as De Zwann (Dutch for The Swan) grinds wheat into flour at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan. There are also many resplendent gardens of tulips.
Dutch Wooden Shoes
Dutch wooden shoes made of poplar and known as klompen are worn by parade dancers and tour guides at the Tulip Time Festival. Wooden shoes are machine-carved and sold at the local DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory.
Marching bands, floats, Dutch dancers, and more parade down the customarily newly-scrubbed streets of downtown Holland, Michigan during Tulip Time Festival parades. Fireworks are held at dusk on Saturday the final weekend of the slightly more than weeklong festival at Kollen Park on Lake Macatawa near downtown Holland.
Veldheer Tulip Gardens
Colorful tulips grace the bountiful gardens of Veldheer Tulip Gardens in Holland, Michigan in spring and during the Tulip Time Festival.
Nelis’ Dutch Village
Nelis’ Dutch Village, a theme park in Holland, Michigan, is a great place to enjoy rides and entertainment, pet farm animals and explore Dutch culture and history.