Due to a cold start to spring, the flowering of the tulips has been delayed. Please check the festival website before making your trip.

If the weather’s anything to go by, the only evidence that spring has sprung may be your annual asthma attack, but head to the Dandenongs this weekend and the season will suddenly get very real. Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running for four weeks, until October 10.

The festival features a maze of more than 900,000 colourful tulips across 25 acres of gardens. Live entertainment, children’s activities and market stalls also feature.

Even better, there is a bunch of discrete events within the month-long celebration, starting with a Turkish Weekend (September 15 to 17) to celebrate the tulip’s origins – expect Turkish food and folk dancing.

That’s followed by a Children’s Get Active Week will run from September 25 to 28, with a petting zoo, drumming workshops and an appearance by Peppa Pig.

Lastly, there’s the Food, Wine and Jazz Weekend running from September 29 to October 1, with a selection of award-winning local produce available.

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival will be open daily from 9am to 4pm at the Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan.

tulipfestival.com.au

This article was updated 18/09/17.

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