Tulip Time

Topeka's Tulip Time Festival was named a Top 100 Event for Groups for 2016 by the American Bus Association. The festival, this year April 6-23, features more than 120,000 tulips and daffodils in bloom at picturesque locations around Topeka, including Lake Shawnee's Ted Ensley Botanical Gardens, Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site and Gage Park.

Hotel Special 

Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel , 420 SE 6th Ave, is offering an $85 Tulip Time special. Simply request the Tulip Time rate when making your reservation for a stay during the festival, April 6-23. Call (785) 234-5400 to reserve your room. Based on availability.

Special Events

Tulips at Twilight

Returning for the second year, and expanded for more enjoyment, April 6 through 15 at Old Prairie Town. Each evening, the gates open at 6 p.m.

You'll enjoy:

  • More than 40,000 tulips illuminated by candlelight
  • 30 lighted displays including larger-than-life flowers
  • Live music and historic tours by lantern light on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Light food and sweets, warm drinks by the fire

This year, the garden will also be open Sunday through Thursday for a more tranquil experience. A $5.00 donation is suggested and children 5 and under are free. 

Tulip Time Day at the Lake

Tulip Time Day at the Lake logoSunday, April 22 at Ted Ensley Gardens, Lake Shawnee. $5 suggested donation per person over age 5, vendors will charge.

8-10 a.m.: All-you-can-eat Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast.

  • Tickets for the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast may be purchased at Visit Topeka, 618 S. Kansas Ave., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the SCPR Foundation office, 1800 SE 21st St., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., or from the first Tulip Time Festival at the Lake Queen. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 10. 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Car Show, Food Trucks, vendors and live performances:

  • Tulip Time Queen Crowning
  • Topeka High Drumline
  • Music by Native Whisper

Participating food trucks: 4 Guys Food Truck, JLG BBQ, PWA Islander Food and Taqueria Mexico Lindo

Participating vendors: Aunt Nancy's Face Art, Auntie Em J's Crafts, Baking Traditions, Bath Fitter, Brenda's Snap Jewelry and Handmade Crafts, Color Street, Diplicious, Ella Tina, Essential Henna by V, Family Tree Insurance Solutions, HOLSTRit, LipSense, Luana's Art, LulaRoe, Midland Exteriors, Native Whisper Arts, Oenomel Designs, Paper Treasures, Rodan and Fields, Steph's Garden, Sundell Ceramics, Sunflower State Games, Tasteful Olive,  TSCPL Bookmobile, Watkins and Young Living Essential Oils.

Tulip Time Map 2018

Tulip Time in Topeka

2018 Tulip Time is April 6-23

Download a Shawnee County Parks and Rec brochure.

Downtown Topeka 
Take a slow stroll through our recently revitalized downtown area. Enjoy hundreds of tulips and various pocket parks along South Kansas Avenue.  

Gage Park
Take a stroll in the largest park in Topeka and literally smell the flowers. Gage Park is home to the Renisch Rose Gardens as well as thousands of tulips during the Tulip Time Festival.

Lake Shawnee 
Gaze in wonder at one of the most beautiful recreational outdoor areas in North East Kansas. On top of the natural beauty of the landscape, view more than 50,000 tulips and daffodils on the Ted Ensley Botanical Gardens.

Old Prairie Town 
Experience Topeka in its original state at historic Old Prairie Town. Enjoy tulips, lush gardens, and an old-fashioned cream soda.

2018 Tulip Time Festival at the Lake Queen

Melony, 2018 Tulip Time QueenMelony is 14 and attends Shawnee Heights Middle School. In her spare time, Melony enjoys listing to music and hanging out with friends. Melony is very active in the youth group at Topeka's Grace Point church. She loves all animals and hopes to have a pet snake when she is an adult. Melony would like to become a marine biologist and photographer when she grows up and hopes to travel across the world.