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Schedule of events: Tulip Fest 2017

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ALBANY, NY (WRGB) -- Tens of thousands of colorful Tulips are starting to fill Washington Park for the 69th annual Tulip Festival in Albany. More than 140,000 Tulips can be found around the park in 150 different varieties.

The event official kicks off Friday with the Dutch tradition of the Scrubbing of the Streets at noon. The weekend also includes the crowning of the Tulip Queen, live music, a kid zone with rock climbing, inflatables and pony rides. Food vendors, homemade crafts, and a fine arts show will also be featured.

Here is a full list:

SATURDAY, MAY 13

TULIP QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

Nominations accepted through April 1. Visit www.albanytulipqueen.com for more information.

11:30 a.m. - The Mendelssohn Club of Albany

11:45 a.m. - Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)

2016 Tulip Queen Adaviah Ward, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2017 Tulip Queen finalists to the Lakehouse Stage.

12:00 p.m. - Tulip Queen Coronation (Lakehouse Stage)

Mayor Sheehan and MC Chad O'Hara of B95.5 crown the 69th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.

MAIN STAGE

Washington Park Parade Grounds

Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX

4:30 p.m. - Minus The Bear

3:00 p.m. - The Palms

1:30 p.m. - Wild Adriatic

LOCAL 518 STAGE

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage

Presented by WellCare

Media sponsor: Exit 97.7

4:45 p.m. - Dryer

3:30 p.m. - Cannon the Brave

2:15 p.m. - Jasper

1:00 p.m. - Maurizio

SUNDAY, MAY 14

MAIN STAGE

Media sponsors: 98.3 TRY, 99.5 The River & PYX 106

4:30 p.m. - The Delfonics

3:00 p.m. - Erin Harkes

1:30 p.m. - Holly and Evan

LOCAL 518 STAGE

Media sponsor: Exit 97.7

4:45 p.m. - Ramblin' Jug Stompers

3:30 p.m. - Dyer Switch Band

2:15 p.m. - Sydney Worthley

1:00 p.m. - Andrew Wheeler & Donna Marie Tritico

12:00 p.m. - 19th Annual Mother of the Year Award

Mayor Sheehan and B95.5's Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region's most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter's Health Partners, Times Union & B95.5, with support from Fidelis Care.

KIDZONE

Presented by Price Chopper & Market 32.

Enjoy pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, games and more fun for the whole family!

PRICE CHOPPER KIDZONE STAGE

Continuous entertainment for all ages, all weekend long.

Noon - Artpartners/Tsehaya & Co.

12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. - Park Playhouse

1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - Andy "The Music Man" Morse

1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. - Stephen Gratto

2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. - Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile

ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER KIDZONE ACTIVITY TENT

Saturday: Albany Public Library's pop-up secret garden library reading room offers games, crafts, and activities for the whole family. You never know what hidden treasures will be in the secret garden!

Sunday: Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany for physical fitness activities and hands-on crafts with the newly crowned 2017 Albany Tulip Queen and Court!

GREEN MARKET

This area highlights energy-efficient resources, "green" demonstrations and more.

SCHOOL OF ROCK TENT

Young up-and-coming musicians enrolled in the School of Rock program perform throughout the weekend! Catch the stars of the future here first.

CULTURAL HERITAGE TENT

Learn more about Albany's Dutch heritage, its Sister City connection with Nijmegen, Netherlands, and the 70th anniversary of the city-wide humanitarian effort that helped inspire the very first Tulip Festival.

TULIP WEEK EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 12

TULIP TOURS

10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m., Washington Park tulip beds

Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Free. Spaces are limited and reservations are required; call 518.434.2032 to reserve your place. (Weather permitting).

CARILLON CONCERT

11:30 a.m. - noon, outside Albany City Hall

Amy Heebner performs a special Tulip Festival musical program on Albany City Hall's historic 1927 carillon, a unique instrument consisting of 49 bells that range in size from 27 to 11,200 pounds.

STREET SCRUBBING

Noon, State & Lodge Streets

The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kick-off to Tulip Festival weekend for 69 years. This unique Albany event will include Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Tulip Festival opening proclamation and a procession with the Dutch Settlers Society (in full traditional Dutch dress), local scout troops and the 2017 Tulip Queen finalists.

TULIP FESTIVAL LUNCHEON

12:30 p.m., Hilton Albany

Immediately following the street scrubbing, the Tulip Festival Luncheon is a farewell and thank you to 2016 Albany Tulip Queen Adaviah Ward and her Court. Proceeds from the Tulip Festival Luncheon will benefit the Tulip Court's educational programs via the Tulip Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Tickets are required; email tulipluncheon@gmail.com or call 518.225.9785 to purchase.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

DRAWING UP CENTRAL

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 283 Central Avenue (between N. Lake & Quail)

The City of Albany and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District present this community-wide event featuring artists from all over the region competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest in the heart of Central Avenue's Midtown Grid. For more information, call 518.462.4300. To register, please visit www.centralbid.com.

ROYAL TULIP BALL

6:30 pm, Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle St, Albany)

An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit the Capital City Fund. Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Sarah Kampf at 518.209.1000 or tulipball@albanyny.gov

PARKING & SHUTTLES

FREE CDTA shuttle runs continuously to Washington Park from Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle & Madison Ave) & Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & Hawk Streets) throughout the festival.

Handicap parking available at Albany Medical Center lot at Robin & Morris Streets. A free, accessible CDTA shuttle runs to and from the Madison & New Scotland entrance to the park throughout the festival.

Find more parking options at www.parkalbany.com.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

This event is produced with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer or calling 518.434.5411.

Presented by generous event sponsors:

GEICO, Price Chopper & Market 32, Bud Light, Saratoga Eagle, Albany Medical Center, CDTA & Wellcare.

Barefoot Wine, Comfort Windows, House of Air, Hilton Garden Inn, New York State Lottery, Softub Express, Wild Bill's Soda.

AAA Hudson Valley, School of Rock.

Media Partners:

WEQX, Exit 97.7, B95.5, 98.3 TRY, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, Albany.com, The Alt, Empire Broadcasting, Fly 92, Jamz 96.3, NYS Music, Rewind 105.7, Parent Pages, Spot 518, Spiral Design, WGNA, WSG & WVCR 88.3 The Saint, Yelp.

Special ground rules in effect:

No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area

No glass containers

No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)

No recording of performances

All City of Albany parks are tobacco-free.

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