Grab your clogs and head to Melbourne’s picturesque Dandenong Ranges for the 66th annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Each year, Tesselaar Tulip Festival draws in visitors from Australia and internationally, to experience a dazzling display of over a million spring bulbs in bloom including 900,000+ Tulips in every colour of the rainbow.
The Festival starts with an explosion of colour on Turkish Weekend, celebrating the origins of the Tulip with Melbourne’s vibrant Turkish community on September 14 – 15.
Spring Fever Weeks are the first and last weeks of the Festival and are a great way to enjoy the Tulips and everything else on offer without the school holiday crowds. Even better, entry is slightly cheaper these weeks, Sep 16 – 19 & Oct 7 – 10.
The Festival turns into a mini Holland during Dutch Weekend with Dutch treats, entertainment, dancing and more from September 20 – 22. Get your photo taken in one of the world’s largest wooden clogs or indulge in a plate of hot Dutch pancakes while you walk the fields.
Children are celebrated everyday at the Festival but no more so than during the school holidays. Kids LOL Week (September 23 – 26) brings daily entertainment from the Splash Test Dummies, while Superhero Week (September 30 – Oct 3) encourages kids to dress up as their favourite superhero while they watch the PJ Masks stage show. There is also a petting zoo, giant garden games, storytelling, a fairy garden and rides on the famous Tulip Tractor. Best thing? Kids entry is free every day of the Festival.
Enjoy jazz tunes all day long on Food, Wine and Jazz Weekend (Sep 27 – 29) with live bands, delicious foods from around the world teamed with award-winning wine, beer and ciders.
Rock the Fields Weekend (Oct 4 – 6) will have you jiving in the flower fields with live music from the 50’s and 60’s all weekend. Food trucks, dancing demonstrations and fashion in the fields will ensure everyone has a rockin’ good time!
What better way to close the Festival than with a pint of Guinness during Irish Weekend (October 11 – 13).
There will be all day entertainment with live bands, Irish pipers and dancers, Celtic arts and the odd Leprechaun.
Throughout the Festival, visitors will enjoy some good old Dutch hospitality with our legendary Poffertjes, Dutch sweet and savoury treats and Tesselaar’s very own Double Dutch ice-cream. Have a crack at a Dutch game or two, try on some clogs at Habitat Nursery or pose in front of our Amsterdam streetscapes, windmills or photo frescos.
When: 10am – 5pm daily from Sep 14 to Oct 13. (for details visit: tulipfestival.com.au)