The Canadian Tulip Festival is returning in-person at Commissioners Park this weekend.
The opening ceremony is being held at the Man with Two Hats monument in Commissioners Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, and in celebration of the 70th anniversary Platinum Jubilee, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be in attendance.
The annual Ottawa festival, which commemorates Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands in World War II, was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but several in-person events are planned for this year.
The festival offers a mix of free and paid events, and this year, there will be a number of activities after dark. Organizers have extended viewing hours for 'Tulips at Night,' featuring solar powered lighting on select tulip beds. There is also an outdoor theatre experience this year dubbed 'Movies & Tulips.'
The festival runs through the Victoria Day long weekend, closing with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
The complete Tulip Festival schedule can be found here.
There are also some road closures to be aware of throughout the duration of the festival. Queen Elizabeth Drive will be closed from Preston Street to Torrington Avenue on the following dates and times:
- Saturday May 14: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday May 15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday May 21: 10a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday May 22: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.