Your Canadian Tulip Festival experience begins at Lansdowne

Lansdowne Park is the place to be for music, displays and, of course, tulips, throughout the 64th annual Canadian Tulip Festival, which takes place May 12 to 23.

The festival kicked off on May 12 with Ignite the Night, a fireworks display and music show that evokes memories of epic fantasy battles from the Kingdoms of Modor and Westeros. It all takes place at TD Place Stadium beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at tulipfestival.ca.

May 22 will feature Electric Tulip, a festival finale featuring the multi-sensory splendor of fireworks, choreography and electronic dance music.

Other festival highlights at Lansdowne include:

  • Music daily at the Aberdeen Pavilion, featuring various genres: rock, orchestra and jazz
  • Big Swing Dance at the Aberdeen Pavilion, May 13
  • Second World War vehicles and re-enactments on the Great Lawn, May 14 and 15
  • International Pavilion Friendship Stage – featuring daily performances from various cultures and countries

While enjoying the tulips, you may even get a good look at the new Canada 150 tulip, the official tulip of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The new tulip will be a prominent display in Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations and will be available for home planting soon. For more information on that, click here.

I would like to invite all residents to find a chance to enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air before the tulip festival closes May 22. As an annual tradition unique to Ottawa, this is a wonderful opportunity to be proud of the city that we are fortunate enough to live in and the rich history it represents.

For more festival information, visit the Canadian Tulip Festival website.

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