5 Famous Tulip Festivals Around the Globe

5 Famous Tulip Festivals Around the Globe
Tulip festivals charm their way through April attracting tourists, shutterbugs and nature lovers, Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Here are some must-visit tulip festivals from five countries, celebrating the season of spring with events running all month long

Srushti Kulkarni
May 26 , 2021
07 Min Read

As the end of March segues into April, along the shores of Bosphorus, parks, avenues, and traffic roundabouts, there is a splash of colors of everywhere in Istanbul. As the result of the government planting 30 million plants around Istanbul, every year a glorious spring flower festival celebrating the vibrant bloom of tulip bulbs for nearly a month.Tourists visit popular Emirgan Park at traditional Tulip festival

Renowned as ‘Istanbul La festival’, the entire city of Istanbul comes alive with a display of tulips, cherry blossoms, pansies, blue bottles, and many others. People pour in from all corners of the world to catch a glimpse of these beautifully designed flower carpets at the Sultanahmet’s Hippodrome in front of the Mosque.


A colorful Tulip Festival at Elagin palace, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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With the onset of spring, tulips occupy the centrestage in St. Peterburg, symbolizing the city's most anticipated event. Dedicated to the art of the ballet and the much-loved Russian Seasons, the Tulip Festival charms its way through April attracting tourists, shutterbugs, and nature lovers to the Republic of Kalmykia, held in conjunction with the Kalmyk Government, Kalmyk branch of the Russian Geographical Society, and Fund of Wildlife Conservation of Kalmykia.

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the park of the All-Russian Exhibition Centre

Experience nomad camps, national folklore, Kalmyk art and craft, sports, and local delicacies at the Internal Tulip festival of Russia. Original florists compose a magnificent realm of flowers, turning Elagin Island into a colourful piece of art. The annual holiday will also exhibit art installations, masterclasses, and concerts.

Floriade celebrating the spring season in Canberra, Australia

Nothing says spring in Canberra like Floriade, a month-long celebration of the Tulip Trail bloom in the heart of Australia's capital. Every year, a specific theme is chosen to represent the designs of the Floriade garden beds in Commonwealth Park for display. A photography workshop, a boat ride across the ornamental Lake Burley Griffin, and a scenic helicopter ride are a few options if you want to enjoy the best of Floriade.

Although Floriade’s main focus is flowers, you can keep yourselves entertained for an entire day at the festival. Enjoy a taste of Canberra with some samples of cool climate wines or local beer brews. Shop your way through an array of market stalls, attraction rides, and gnome painting for the little guests of Floriade.

Don’t forget to catch some live music, comedians and DJs at the main stage. Also, don’t miss the Night Fests, an illuminated extravaganza unfolding over four nights during Floriade.

Read: Take a Virtual Tour of Spring across the World

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar

Why go anywhere else when you can witness, Fringed Tulip, Parrot Tulip, Fosteriana Tulip and several other species at the foothills of the Zabarwan Range in Srinagar? The season of spring is celebrated with a month-long vibrant Tulip Festival in the Kashmir valley, with the serene Dal Lake backdrop.

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The floral festival at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is spread over 30 hectares with 1.5 million tulip bulbs of 62 varieties with an added charm of daffodils, hyacinths, and narcissus. Carry back some souvenirs and savour Kashmiri dishes at kiosks and decorated stalls exhibiting Kashmiri cuisine and handicrafts.

Enjoy a vivid display of tulips in bloom with hundreds of craft vendors and visitors at the flamboyant Kansas Tulip festival celebrating spring, arts, and crafts. Experience the luxury of beer-, wine-, and cider-tasting at the festival in a huge tent located inside the South Tennis Court. This festival invites food trucks from across the region along with organising inflatable games, various joy rides, a petting zoo, and more for those arriving with family.

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The Kansas Tulip Festival also features an array of performances from bands and groups while you stroll through the flower beds by the Historic Museum and Prairie Town Village including the Schonhoff Dutch Mill. Apart from Wamego, you can spend time with these beauties in silence at the Ted Ensley Gardens in Topeka.

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