2024 Tulip Time Announces Call for Dutch Dancers, Volunteers; First Bloem Opens to the Public

HOLLAND, Mich. – [December 14, 2023] Tulip Time issues its annual call to the community and announces the return of First Bloem as a public event. Tulip Time could not run without its 1,000+ volunteers to assist in making the festival a truly special, city-wide effort.

Tulip Time enlists the help of volunteers to help with everything from Dutch Dance to festival operations to parades.

Call to Dutch Dancers

Community Dutch Dance
Community members who have always wanted to learn Dutch Dancing but never had the opportunity before, the Tulip Time Community Dutch Dance program is for you!

Community Dutch Dance is a program set up for adults who want to learn and participate in Dutch Dance during Tulip Time. Joining Community Dutch Dance is a great way to make new friends, get exercise, and be a part of the world-famous Dutch Dancers of Tulip Time. All community members are invited to join the dance.

Those who wish to participate may reach out to DutchDance@TulipTime.com for more information or sign up at TulipTime.com

Kinder, Middel, and High School Dutch Dance
It's time to start preparing to fill 8th Street and surround Centennial Park with the iconic "klomp" of wooden shoes. Tulip Time is starting practice soon for its Kinder, Middel, and High School Dutch Dance Programs.

Kinder Dance is for 3rd through 5th graders. Registration closes on January 24, 2024, and practices begin the week of February 19, 2024.

Middel Dance is for 6th through 8th graders. Registration closes on January 24, 2024, and practices begin the week of January 29, 2024.

High School Dance is for 9th through 12th graders. Registration closes on January 24, 2024, and practices begin the week of January 8, 2024.

Practice days and times vary based on the school and practice location.

Dutch Costume Sale
The annual costume sale will be held on March 16, 2024 . Sewers and costume makers are encouraged to begin preparing their costumes. More details will be announced as they are available.

Call to Volunteers

Tulip Time relies heavily on the generous and passionate Holland area community to run each year. Over 1,200 volunteer positions will be open to the public. Willing volunteers can support their community festival by volunteering for shifts for everything from docents to floral set up for the Tulip Immersion Garden, to parking lot attendants, to concert attendants.

Volunteer registration begins January 09, 2024.

First Bloem Opens to the Public

First Bloem, previously an invite-only event, is opening to the public.

First Bloem is Tulip Time's celebration and unveiling of the year's official Tulip Time artwork and poster. This year's First Bloem, however, will reveal much more than that. It will also be the opening day for the annual quilt raffle and the first-ever bike raffle. Tulip Time will also be unveiling something truly special, and only those in attendance at First Bloem will have first access to see the surprise.

Tickets for First Bloem will be available on Tulip Time's website. A limited number of tickets will go on sale the week of January 8th, 2024 for $95 each. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to fund the Arts of Tulip Time.

Experience Tulip Time’s Bikes & Blooms at the 95th Festival, May 4 – 12, 2024. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time Festival 2024 and tickets are available at www.TulipTime.com.