69th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
Hey, all! I know this is a bit late, but I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. I know I certainly did! Josh and I got to spend some much-needed quality time with both of our moms, which was great! On Sunday, we went to the movies and had salads for lunch with my mom, and then we completed an "Escape the Room" challenge (with 17 minutes to spare!) and had dinner with Josh's parents. Food, fun, and family - The perfect Sunday!
On Saturday, we got to check out the
69th Annual Albany Tulip Festival!
This was our fourth year at this top-notch, completely free event and we loved it, as per usual. It rained all day, but to be honest, I think that just added to the fun! (Who doesn't need a little dancing in the rain from time to time?) Plus, I think the weather helped make the tulips look stunning in photos.
Take a look!
Absolutely gorgeous, aren't they? I couldn't get enough of them!
(I also couldn't get enough of this gorgeous fountain amidst all the flowers! So majestic!)
The Tulip Festival takes place in Albany’s Washington Square Park, which is a springtime must-see. This time each year, the park becomes a sea of remarkable color, with over 140,000 tulips (150 different varieties) in bloom.
The tulips alone are reason enough to visit the park, however, in terms of the festival, they're just the beginning. One of my favorite parts of Tulip Fest is the music! Josh and I are always impressed with the acts that our favorite radio station (102.7 WEQX!) manages to book for the day. In years past, we have seen Third Eye Blind, OkGo, Walk the Moon, and several others perform. We didn’t make it last year, but the lineup included Langhorne Slim & The Law as well as Tokyo Police Club. I'm telling you, the lineups for this event are always spot on!
This year, we got to see Wild Adriatic, The Palms, and Minus the Bear. I didn't get to snag any photos of them this time around, but check out some great videos of their stuff below!
Wild Adriatic are dearly beloved around here, a local favorite always putting on a standout show with immense energy.
The Palms were awesome as well, remarking several times about how happy they were to be at Tulip Fest with all of us, even in the rain. I loved their sound and their positive attitude.
And last but certainly not least, Minus the Bear. Be still my beating heart! These dudes have been one of Josh’s and my absolute favorite bands for many years now. Their performance at Tulip Fest was smooth and on point as they played a mix of new and old favorites. Their excellent (sexy!) vocals mixed with their eclectic guitar, drums, and keys? Always an auditory pleasure. And the fact that we got to see them FO' FREE?! FANTASTIC!
All of the bands this year were exceptional, and the crowds did not let the rain spoil the fun. There was dancing, cheering, and even some hula-hooping!
Another really cool part of this festival is the large amount of arts and crafts vendors. From fork art (yes, you read that correctly) to handmade jewelry, art prints to hand-painted canvases, there is something here for everyone. I love walking from booth to booth, perusing and pondering, gazing at beautiful, one of a kind works of art. I didn’t buy anything this year, although I was tempted by many things.
There are food and drink vendors to check out, too. Fried bread dough and Oreos, hot cinnamon nuts, old fashioned sodas, and more. One of my favorite things to get every year is fresh squeezed lemonade.
This time around, we got our yearly lemonade (with strawberry) but opted out of any festival food. Instead, we stopped at nearby Berben and Wolff’s Delicatessen - One of our absolute favorite Albany eateries. They’re a totally vegan establishment, and Saturday was their one year anniversary! (Review coming soon - Keep an eye out!)
Overall, Tulip Fest is hands down one of the best events Albany has to offer. There’s food, music, nature, art, children’s activities, and more. As the old saying goes, the best things in life are free, and Tulip Fest is one of them! Do yourself a favor and check it out next May! (Just be sure to bring your rain gear!)
In the meantime, check out the awesome bands mentioned above and see if there are any beautiful tulips blooming in your area! Happy spring, my dears!