Media Advisory

May 17, 2017



When:             Thursday, May 18

                        Tulip Thursday at ByWard Bars and Restaurants

                        Friday, May 19

                        2nd Annual Canadian Tulip Festival Swing Dance ($) – Aberdeen Pavilion

                        Saturday, May 20

                        Inspiration Village Launch – Ottawa 2017 – ByWard Market (York Street)

Phoenix Big Band Bash to Fight Cancer ($) – Aberdeen Pavilion

                        Saturday, May 20 + Sunday, May 21

                        Victory Encampment – The Great Lawn

Sterling Ford Photo Contest

Fairytale Princesses – Family Village, Great Lawn; Tulipmania Fireworks

Gordon Harrison, Laura Daub, Janice Street, Flowers Talk Tivoli Workshops ($)

                        Sunday, May 21

                       Artists in Bloom Young Talent Showcase – Friendship Stage, Lansdowne Park

                       65th Anniversary Tulipmania Fireworks with Animation Prequel and

                     Special Debut: Royal Canadian Mint Coin Exchange Bring your pocket money to exchange for the world’s first glow-in-the-dark circulation coin, the 2017 $2 Canada 150 coin                                   (limited to two coins per person while quantities last)- TD Place, Gate 1 Lansdowne Park ($)

 Still Going Strong: Thousands of tulips in bloom; BEX Tulip Interactive (ByWard Market Tulip Park(ing); Artists at work among the tulips; guided and self-guided tours; Escape Bicycle Tours and Velogo; Handmade Marketplace; Lord Elgin Malak Gallery; Children’s Tulip Garden; Buskers; Music in the Tulips; Tulip Café; Embassy displays and presentations

How:  Tickets for the Swing Dance, Big Band Bash, Fireworks and workshops as well as daily admission ($10 per person on weekdays and $15 on weekends with children 12 and under free) to the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery can be purchased at as well as on site. All other Festival locations have free access.

About the Canadian Tulip Festival

Ottawa’s award-winning flagship festival since 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the world celebrating Ottawa’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship and peace.  The Canadian Tulip Festival is a registered trademark of the Canadian Tulip Legacy, a non-profit charitable organization established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians after World War II.

Canadian Tulip Festival is produced with support from generous corporate and community partners including: Capital Tek, ABI, Desjardins, Sterling Ford, Egg Farmers of Canada, Bloomex, KPMG, Gabriel Pizza, Signatures Shows, President’s Choice, Roots, Lord Elgin Hotel, KPMG, Vesey’s Bulbs, Federal Limousine,, Whole Foods Market, CNW Group, Costco, Love Ottawa, The Royal Canadian Mint, National Capital Commission, Ottawa Festivals, Fairytale Princess Parties, Ecology Ottawa, Landscape Ontario, Creekside Wines, Lowertown Brewery, Top Shelf Distillers, Biagio’s Catering, Flow Water, Urban Turf,  Byward Market , Glebe and Sparks Street BIAs,  Dows Lake Pavilion and  Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and many more, as well as tourism, restaurant and hotel partners, media sponsors and hundreds of volunteers.