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Virtual Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

In most years, Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, gather on the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. In the midst of the statewide stay-at-home order this year, Downtown Boulder decided to get creative about how to bring this beloved springtime tradition to our local families.

Welcome to our virtual event page - with history and activities for you and your family to enjoy.  We encourage children of all ages to join us by dressing up in your Tulip Fairy or Elf best (or any other costume that your hearts desire!). Share with us via email or on social media to be added to our Community Gallery. Tag @DowntownBoulder and use #LoveTheLocal and #TulipFairy2020. 

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

History of Tulips on Pearl Street

The Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival celebrates the gorgeous tulips that are planted each year along the Pearl Street Mall. The tradition started in the late 70s, when Boulder’s then sister city, Meppel, Holland would send 5,000 tulip bulbs annually to be planted along the Mall. A form of this tradition continues to this day when every fall the City of Boulder’s Parks Department plants 15,000 brand new tulip bulbs that are imported directly from Holland. With some help from Mother Nature over the winter months, the tulips start to peek out of the ground sometime between late March and early April.


Jeff and Paige Online Concert

Get out your fairy, elf, flower, or butterfly costumes and join Jeff and Paige for a FREE online concert to help usher in the blooming flowers of spring time.

The show, sponsored by City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks, features information about how to stay safe on the trails, now, and always, as we share these lands with each other and the wildlife of Colorado. 

List of props to gather for your at home viewing experience:

  • Three pillows that are ok to step on
  • A favorite stuffy
  • A stick that can become a magic wand
  • Your wings: fairy, tulip, elf, bird, butterfly, etc. 



Coloring Sheets

Did you know that there are over 4,000 different kinds of tulips?  You can find tulips in almost every color imaginable!  We hope this inspires some creative coloring with these five custom designed Downtown Boulder coloring sheets. Send a picture of your completed coloring pages to, or tag us in social media (@DowntownBoulder) and use #LoveTheLocal and #TulipFairy2020 to be added to the community gallery! 





Traveling Tulip Fairy & Expedition Elf 

Instructions for playing the game (also included on the PDF downloads):

  1. Download the Traveling Tulip Fairy or Expedition Elf (below)
  2. Color in your Tulip Fairy or Elf with all the springtime colors you can think of 
  3. Invite your Tulip Fairy or Expedition Elf along with you on your favorite stay-at-home adventures like playing outside, helping your parents cook, or quietly reading a story.  Ask an adult to snap some photos!
  4. For older kids: Journal about the fun you had together! 
  5. Send your journal and photos to a friend or a relative that you miss, by mail or email and encourage them to download their own Traveling Tulip Fairy or Expedition Elf for their own adventure!

Share your photos on social media and tag @DowntownBoulder #LoveTheLocal #TulipFairy2020




Where's The Tulip Fairy?

This year, since most of you won’t be able to see these lovely beauties in person, we’ve created a gallery of images - that includes a game!  As you look at each beautiful bed, try and spot the Tulip Fairy hidden among the flowers!




Mask Design Contest

Governor Polis announced the Colorado Face Mask Design Challenge, calling on all Colorado kids to create their own design for a face mask. Some of the submitted designs will be featured on our Facebook page, and a select few will be printed on real face masks produced by Colorado companies that are manufacturing and donating masks to this effort. This is a great activity for parents and kids across our state to not only make the best of this challenging situation, but it can help open up a dialogue about COVID-19 between parents and their children.


Additional Links to Tulip Fairy & Elf Arts & Crafts

Here are a few other fun resources we found online for some other great crafts and activities.





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