The annual Albany Tulip Festival is back for Mother’s Day weekend! From Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13, Albany, NY’s Washington Park will be center stage for one of Albany’s richest traditions. Surprise your mom or the mom in your life with a weekend getaway to this year’s Tulip Festival near The Morgan State House. Find out more about this special event below!

colorful tulip bouquet

General Tulip Festival Info

The tulip has been Albany’s official flower since 1948 and its celebration continues this Mother’s Day weekend at Washington Park.


The Tulip Festival is free to attend. Tickets are required for some events.


Free parking is on a first come first serve basis. Designated public parking lots will be available. Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from Washington Park from these designated lots.

Tulip Festival 2018 Schedule

Celebrate Albany’s rich heritage and mothers everywhere with a weekend brimming with special events. Specialty vendors, spectacular food options, local artisans selling their crafts, and live entertainment will all be on hand throughout the weekend. There will also be a kids area with pony rides, face painting, inflatables, games, stories, and much more!

Friday, May 11

Albany’s signature spring event kicks off Friday at noon with a street scrubbing and luncheon. The street scrubbing is a Dutch tradition that has been a part of the Tulip Festival for 70 years. Last year’s Tulip Queen will bid her farewells and make way for this year’s newest member during the luncheon.
*Tickets are required for the luncheon. Contact (518) 209-1000 for tickets.

Saturday, May 12

The induction of a new Tulip Queen and the Royal Tulip Ball are the festival’s highlights for Saturday. At noon, the newest Tulip Queen will be crowned. The celebration really kicks off with decadent food and dancing to honor the new queen during the Royal Tulip Ball at 6:30 pm. Enjoy good food, live entertainment on two stages, kids fun, and more throughout the day.
*Tickets are required for the Royal Tulip Ball. Contact (518) 209-1000 for tickets.

Sunday, May 13

The most outstanding moms will be recognized at the 20th Annual Mother of the Year Award at noon. The day will also include vendors, great food, kids activities, live music, and much more.

Hotels Near the Tulip Festival – The Morgan State House

Surprise your mom this Mother’s Day with a weekend trip to The Morgan State House. Our downtown Albany hotel blends richly appointed rooms with one-of-a-kind amenities. Our historic property also sits across the street from Washington Park, home of the Tulip Festival. If you’re looking to impress and pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, a weekend getaway to The Morgan State House is a must.

4garden guestroom

The Morgan State House Rooms

The Morgan State House has two buildings, each with their own unique and inviting room types:
  • The Brownstone: 6 guest rooms each offering its own signature style. Each room features down duvets and pillows for ultimate comfort. These rooms are perfect for an elegant Mother’s Day stay.
  • The Studios: 11 Studios with a little more space. Feel at home with a larger sitting area and kitchenettes or full kitchens with Keurig coffee machines.

The Morgan State House Amenities

When you’re not enjoying the Tulip Festival, you’ll find decadent amenities and services at our property, like:
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Access to the beautiful English garden
  • Prime location: steps downtown dining, shopping, and more
  • Complimentary hot and cold beverages and snacks


Don’t wait — make your Mother’s Day reservations before it’s too late!