The best way to welcome spring into Iowa is a big time celebration in a small, rural town. Each May, the town of Pella creates a one-of-a-kind celebration in honor of the beginning of springtime and the blooming of tulips. With delicious food, fascinating history and unique vendors, Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa, is definitely the best tulip festival in Iowa and might just be the best festival in the whole state.

Have you visited Pella, Iowa in the past? It’s very cool to feel like you’ve visited Amsterdam without leaving the state! To find out more about this tulip festival in Iowa, you can visit the organization’s official Facebook page. You can also visit the website of Pella’s most famous bakery. There are a few other places in Iowa that are like visiting other countries – in fact, you can pretty much Travel The World Without Actually Leaving Iowa.

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Tulip Time And Other Iowa Festivals

What Are The Best Spring Festivals In Iowa? 

  • Maifest is one of Amana's most famous festivals - taking place every May and celebrating the season with traditional German costumes and dance around the Maipole. As usual, one of the highlights of an Amana festival is the food, as the town's German restaurants and bakeries will be bringing their best. You'll want to make time for the Wine, Beer, and Chocolate Stroll, and to visit the Arts In The Barn demonstration to see local crafts.
  • The Orange City Tulip Festival is another popular tulip festival in Iowa, this one on the western side of the state. Like Pella's Tulip Time, it celebrates the colorful spring bulb. The Orange City version has a wonderful parade with inventive floats and dancers, and also has some of the best concessions of any Iowa festival - including tiny sugar-topped Dutch pancakes!
  • Syttende Mai is Decorah's biggest festival, celebrating the town's rich Norwegian heritage. Put on by the Vesterheim museum, it's a celebration of Norway's Constitution Day and takes place every May 17th. You'll see traditional Norwegian dance, costumes, and music, and the museum offers free admission for anyone looking to learn more about the culture.


What Are Some Of The Best Places To See Flowers In Iowa?

  • Pheasant Run Farm is maybe Iowa's most famous pick-u farm, where you can cut your own flowers and create a custom bouquet. This farm is most famous for its sunflower farm, which includes the state's only sunflower maze when in season!
  • For a more laid-back flower-picking experience, head to Willow Flower Farm in the small town of Prole. You simply take a pitcher or bucket, fill it up with your pick of the varied and colorful flowers grown on site, and head to the front to have them arranged into the bouquet of your dreams!

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