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2020 City of Albany Tulip Festival and All Related Events Postponed

March 23, 2020

City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
City Hall, Room 402
Albany, NY 12207
518.434.2032 | fax: 518.426.0759

DATE:             March 23, 2020
CONTACT:     Ryan Murray, Public Relations Coordinator 
518.434.5415 /

Albany, NY – Today, the City of Albany announced the postponement of the 72nd Annual Tulip Festival and all related events including the street scrubbing, a music, arts and crafts festival, and the Royal Tulip Ball.  On Sunday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance to cancel mass gatherings of 50 or more people until at least May 10 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result of this advice, the City has decided it can no longer move ahead with Tulip Festival events as scheduled for May 8 through May 10.  The City’s main priority ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community.

Our Tulip Queen and Court serve an important function as ambassadors for the City.  Their volunteer work, including their literacy program, helps a number of local non-profits and schools.  Accordingly, we will continue to proceed with a virtual interview process and look forward to announcing our new Queen and Court at the appropriate time.  Applications continue to be accepted through April 6th by visiting

As we move into the summer months, we will be working on other ways to celebrate our City’s history and culture.  We are also exploring creative ways to share our Tulips in bloom with you on our Facebook page, @AlbanyNYEvents, and our other social media sites.

We will continue to evaluate our other summer festivals, Alive at Five and Dad Fest, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The City of Albany will provide more information on the status of these events at a later date.

We hope everyone remains safe and we look forward to seeing you all in Washington Park later this year!

COVID-19 Prevention Reminders:

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.

All individuals are urged to continue following social distancing protocols, including staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel ill but even if you feel well, keeping at least 6 feet from other individuals, avoiding unnecessary appointments, regularly washing hands, covering coughs, avoiding the touching of face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, and taking special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

You will also find a variety of City of Albany-specific COVID-19 response information, including information regarding where to access food or child care, school closures, and how to volunteer, by visiting our COVID-19 Resource Guide