Spend the day enjoying Dutch culture, crafts, cuisine, and entertainment at the annual spring tulip festival in Orange City, Iowa.
Friday, May 20, 2022
7:45 am – 8:15 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$120 per person
Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, attraction admissions, reserved seating for street events, and Dutch luncheon
Tour reservation deadline April 19, 2022
Highlights: Dutch Dozen dance performance - Reserved bleacher seating for Straat Feest (street dancers), street scrubbing and Volksparade - Authentic Dutch lunch at Nederlander’s Grill - Wooden shoe carving demonstration - Quilt show with over 175 quilts - Dutch Museum and Flower Show - Straatmarket (street shopping) - Festival craft show - Windmill Park and tulips - Pedicab ride or Horse Drawn Trolley Tour
Spend an enjoyable day at the Annual Orange City Tulip Festival in northwest Iowa. Our day begins with a visit to the Festival Quilt Show. View nearly 175 handmade quilts and learn about the history of quilting. Next, we enjoy an authentic Dutch lunch across the street at Nederlander’s Grill. Enjoy Dutch seasoned roast beef with fried potatoes and green beans. After lunch we travel downtown to take your reserved seat for the Straat Feest, street scrubbing, and Volksparade. The Straat Feest is a type of fashion show that displays authentic, distinct, and varied Dutch attire from the Netherlands. Costumed participants of all ages fill the streets to showcase their heritage and perform traditional Dutch dances. The street scrubbing event is next. Carrying on a Dutch tradition, the street inspectors check the streets for cleanliness in anticipation of the Tulip Queen’s arrival. Boys and men throw buckets of water while girls and women follow with brooms, ensuring that the streets are spotless for the queen. The Volksparade, with marching bands and colorful floats, follows the cleaning. After the parade, you will have over two hours to explore the various Dutch attractions. Do not miss a performance by the Dutch Dozen dance group. Formed in 1947, this group of 24 young men and women provide a colorful and melodious journey through old Holland. The Dutch Dozen members wear traditional Volendam costumes and wooden shoes. Most of the songs are in the Dutch language. Other afternoon options include exploring the festival craft show, walking among the tulip beds in Windmill Park, learning about Orange City’s history at Dutch Museum and Flower Show, shopping at the Straatmarket for Dutch souvenirs, or discovering the art of making wooden shoes with a carving demonstration. Experience a ride on a two person pedicab or enjoy a horse drawn trolley tour of Orange City.