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Sunday, April 23, 2023*  |  1 - 5 pm  |  Pearl Street Mall

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall "waking up the tulips." This much beloved springtime tradition features live performances, special activities for children and more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world renowned Pearl Street Mall.   

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Don't forget: On Saturdays and Sundays year round, parking is FREE in all City of Boulder garages!

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*Rain Date: In case of inclement weather the Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival will be rescheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 1 - 5 pm.

Live Performance Schedule

Join us at the performance stage located on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall for live music and performances!  Plus, don't miss the Parades with the Tulip Fairy herself - leaving from the front of the performance stage at 1:45, 2:45 and 3:45 pm!

1:00 - 1:45 PM   Singer-songwriter Julia Kirkwood

2:00 - 2:45 PM   Bear Cub Brigade Kid Songs & Singalongs

3:00 - 3:45 PM   School of Rock Boulder

4:00 - 5:00 PM   Waking the Bear, with Jeff & Paige


Businesses, non-profits and community groups come together each spring to host activities perfect for families to enjoy.  Many activities are free, but there is a cost for some face-painting and items will also be for sale. Stop by the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for a program with a map of all activities at the event. 

Confirmed activities this year include:


Downtown Boulder Community Initatives (501(c)(3)) produces free community events like the Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival downtown throughout the year.  We rely on the support of our amazing community volunteers to make them happen.

Join us as a volunteer to assist with set-up and tear-down, do intercept surveys to help us learn more and get feedback from attendees and assist event staff and participating groups throughout the afternoon of the event.

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Come for the Tulips

The adorable children dressed up in their Tulip Fairy & Elf best are pretty hard to beat - but the 15,000 tulips planted on the Mall each year by the amazing staff of the City of Boulder's Parks and Recreation department are another great reason to join us at the event.  

Parks and Recreation staff changes the variety and color of the tulips planted on the Pearl Street Mall every year to provide a unique and impressive display each spring. Pearl Street Mall tulips are imported directly from Holland from a wholesale provider.

See 2022 Event Photos

Don't forget: On Saturdays and Sundays year round, parking is FREE in all City of Boulder garages!

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