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Orange City Tulip Festival

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In Northwest Iowa, April showers bring May TULIPS! Orange City, Iowa is home to one of the nation's best tulip festivals each spring. 2021 will be the 78th year of the Orange City Tulip Festival, and there are a huge variety of fun activities planned for all ages! If you're interested, here's what you need to know:

Where is the Orange City Tulip Festival?

The Orange City Tulip Festival is held in venues throughout Orange City, Iowa, mostly downtown. Orange City is about 45 minutes north of Sioux City on highway 75.

When is the Orange City Tulip Festival?

The 2021 Orange City Tulip Festival is May 13th, 14th and 15th, with a few activities such as the night show also taking place earlier in the week.

What is the Orange City Tulip Festival?

The Orange City Tulip Festival is a celebration of tulips, Dutch heritage, and spring! Some of the things the 100,000+ annual visitors can expect include:

  • Tulips, growing in fields, displayed creatively, and for sale!
  • Dutch dancing
  • Wooden shoe carving
  • Dutch street organ
  • Carnival rides
  • Daily parades 
  • Tulip Festival Road Race
  • Pedicab rides
  • Quilt displays
  • Live music, dancing, and other performances
  • Live performances of Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella each night
  • ArtBurst and Author's Corner
  • Tulip Court
  • Dutch heritage exhibits and activities
  • Food and craft vendors with traditional Dutch fare and modern favorites
The Orange City Tulip Festival is free to attend, but some individual events and attractions have a cost, such as the horse drawn carriage rides, the night show, and several others. You can find a full list of costs on the Orange City Tulip Festival website.

Are there kids activities at the Orange City Tulip Festival?

Yes! Basically everything at the Orange City Tulip Festival is kid-friendly, but there are also activities specifically for kids including a story walk at the Orange City Public Library, a petting zoo, Dutch street organ, and more. A favorite is the daily puppet shows! There is also a "baby care and nursing" station at 2nd Street South and Albany Avenue during the Orange City Tulip Festival.

For more information, visit the Orange City Tulip Festival website or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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