Thanksgiving Point’s annual colorful tapestry of flowers, better known as the Tulip Festival, is back! Not to be outdone by last year, this year’s month long festival features over 250,000 tulips in every color and shade sprawled across the 55-acre grounds that make up Thanksgiving Point Gardens. The festival features nearly 100 different varieties of tulips.
In addition to frolicking in acres of flowers singing, “The hills are alive…,” there are plenty of other awesome events going on now until May 9. Check out our top Tulip Festival highlights below!
Monday Family Nights: April 13, 20, 27 & May 4—Monday nights are all about family-friendly activities at Thanksgiving Point—from music and games to vendors and food. Children are free to roam the Gardens for an evening of crafts and fun in the bounce house while parents are encouraged to check out live performances and vendors from all over the state.
A Celebration of Nature: April 17-18—For a short time, the Tulip Festival will hold an event celebrating all things nature—from flowers and trees to birds and bunnies—this weekend is the perfect opportunity for nature and animal lovers to plan a visit.
Tulip Festival Half Marathon, 5K and Kids 1-Mile Run: April 25—Getting your fitness on has never been easier with hundreds of thousands of tulips accompanying you during your spring run. This year’s race begins at 7am at Thanksgiving’s Electric Park and will guide runners through the beautiful Gardens and golf course. Space is limited so click here to register.
Swing Dance: May 1—Dancing among the flowers has nothing on this event. The Utah Swing Orchestra returns for an incredible night of music, dancing and fun with waterfalls and bistro lighting proving a magical backdrop for the night. This event lasts from 7-9 pm and is included with Festival admission.
Tall Tales with Bil Lepp: May 4—Internationally known storyteller and comedian Bil Lepp promises to impress with hilarious skits that are sure evoke plenty of laughter among audience members. Lepp’s antics begin at 6:30 pm at the Waterfall Amphitheatre and the show is included with Festival admission.
A Celebration of Mothers: May 8-9—And to wrap up the Tulip Festival is a beautiful celebration honoring our mothers, grandmothers and all motherly figures. With food, vendors and enchanting acres of tulips—this weekend getaway makes the perfect Mother’s Day surprise.
The festival runs from April 10 to May 9 (closed Sundays) from 9 am to 8 pm. Fridays and Saturdays the Tulip Festival includes music, vendors, and food. Also, garden tours and demonstrations are held every day. For more information on the Tulip Festival or to see a full calendar of events, click here.