Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Sat 14th September, 2019 – Sun 13th October, 2019
357–359 Monbulk Road, Silvan
Price: $25–$29
Grab your clogs – nearly a million tulips are blooming for this colourful festival in the Dandenongs.

It’s been a cool start to spring and the 900,000-plus tulips at the 66th annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival are running a little behind schedule. Sunny weather this past week means the fields should be in full bloom by the weekend though.

More than 100,000 people visit the springtime festival that celebrates Turkish, Dutch and Irish culture – all of which have a connection to the tulip – over three weekends of music, art and food.

Get a photo in front of a windmill or with the world’s largest wooden clogs, or wander the five-acre site with a plate of hot poffertjes (pancakes) on Dutch Weekend (September 20 to 22).

The Food, Wine and Jazz Weekend (September 27 to 29) is all about live music, international foods and award-winning beer, wine and ciders.

Or, Rock the Fields (October 4 to 6) is ’50s and ’60s rock’n’roll themed with food trucks, dancing and a fashion parade.

Grab a pint of Guinness for Irish Weekend (October 11 to 13), which features Irish piping, dancing and even a leprechaun or two.

There’s plenty to do throughout the festival, including games for kids, daily entertainment, market stalls and more.

Kids under 16 enter free. 10am to 5pm daily.

More information here.