Topeka
Topeka

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 1-16, 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 a $99 Tulip Time special. Simply request the Tulip Time rate when making your reservation for a stay during the festival, April 1-16. Call (785) 234-5400 to reserve your room. 

Special Events

Tulips at Twilight

Friday and Saturday, April 7, 8, 14 & 15 at Old Prairie Town. Each evening, doors open at 6 p.m. Enjoy:

  • The 40,000 tulips illuminated by candlelight.
  • Live music
  • Light food and sweets, warm drinks by the fire
  • Historic tours by lantern light.

Tulip Time Day at the Lake

Tulip Time Day at the Lake logoSunday, April 9 at Ted Ensley Gardens, Lake Shawnee. $5 suggested donation per person over age 5, vendors will charge.

9-11 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. 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Car Show, Food Trucks, Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library Bookmobile (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), vendors and live performances as follows:

  • 11 a.m.: Tulip Time Queen crowning
  • 11:30 a.m.: Guided Tour
  • Noon: Topeka High Drumline
  • 1 p.m.: Kansas Youth Chorale
  • 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour
  • 2 p.m.: Bernardi Post Conservatory of Dance

Participating food trucks: Big Boyz BBQ, Bop n' Bowl and Southern Star.  

Tulip Time 2017 map and legend


Tulip Time in Topeka

2017 Tulip Time is April 1-16

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.


2017 Tulip Time Festival at the Lake Queen

1 teenaged girl, smiling and holding a balloon tulip, as she sits near a tree.

Help support our first Tulip Time Festival at the Lake Queen Candidate, Santana Holbert, by purchasing Chris Cakes All You Can Eat Pancake tickets from her.

Call or text her mother, Stacie, at (785) 383-8627 to get your tickets. $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. This fundraiser supports the purchase of tulips for future festivals by the Friends of Ted Ensely Gardens.

About Santana
Santana is 14 and attends Holy Family Catholic School. In Santana’s spare time to loves to ride horses. She also owns her own business called Santanamals Balloons. She makes balloon creations of all kinds! What started off as a love of balloons has grown into a great little business for her and she continues to grow in her art as she attends conventions, classes and learning from extended balloon family from all over the world!