Canadian Tulip Festival
may 11-21 tulipfestival.ca This free art and culture fest has been celebrating the tulip, an international symbol of friendship and peace, since 1953. Each year, the Dutch send 20,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa to commemorate the Royal Family’s refuge in Canada during the Second World War. “There are many new and exciting things this year and it all starts with the ‘A World of Tulips’ theme,” says Executive Director Michel Gauthier. “Tulip Friendship” countries will show Japaneseinspired floating gardens, a Turkish tulip carpet, and a New Zealand mirrored installation reflecting (you got it) tulips. Come for art vernissages, musical performances, culinary showcases, and fireworks at Dow’s Lake for Victoria Day (May 21). Stunning flowerbeds of multi-coloured tulips are on display at Lansdowne Park, Dows Lake, and the ByWard Market. Don’t miss out on the annual Mother’s Day Brunch (May 13) or the Children’s World of Tulips Art Wall inside the Aberdeen Pavilion, a collection of over 5,000 pieces of children’s artwork.