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Fun For All Ages at The Tulip Festival
The annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival is returning this spring from September 10th-October 6th 2015. The popular festival has been held annually since 1954 in the Dandenong Ranges, less than 60 minutes from the Melbourne CBD.

The star of the Festival is of course the tulips- over half a million of them in fact, spread over 25 acres of farmland! In addition, there is plenty of live entertainment, markets, delicious food and more.

The Tulip Festival is a great day out for people of all ages, from young children to grandparents.

The Festival is open from 10am - 5pm daily.

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There are a number of special events and theme days throughout the festival:
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Performers in traditional Turkish dress (Image credit:

Turkish Weekend
Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September
The world's first tulip festival was held in Turkey over 400 years ago, so this weekend is a celebration of Turkish culture. There will be over 100 performers of Turkish dance, art & music, as well as a market bazaar with Turkish handicrafts and more. Of course there will be plenty of delicious Turkish food & drink to sample too. See website for details.

Yarra Ranges Week
Monday 14th - Thursday 17th September

This week is a celebration of the regions surrounding the Tesselaar Tulip Farm - the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges. Local artists, craftspeople and farmers will showcase their wares at the market. Internationally renowned chainsaw artist, Robby Best, is a local, and has created the world's largest Clog, which will be on display.

Dutch Weekend
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September

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Celebrate all things Dutch at the Festival's Dutch Weekend (Image credit:

The Tulip Festival will transform into a mini-Holland for three days in celebration of the tulip-loving nation. Dutch musicians Silver Beat and Dutch Treat Music Show will be performing, as will the Melbourne Tukkers traditional Dutch dancers.
There will be an abundance of Dutch food and drink available, and plenty of games and market stalls all weekend.

Children's Week (School Holidays)
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Bring the family to enjoy the festival (Image credit:

Monday 21st - Thursday 24th September, and Monday 28th September - Thursday 1st October

The Tulip Festival is the perfect place to take the kids these school holidays. Aside from getting them outside and seeing the beautiful tulips, there are a number of special shows for all ages. With live performances including The Minions Musical Experience, Live Marvel Avengers Show, The Mik Maks and Fairy Monica, there is sure to be something to impress your kids. There will also be a petting zoo, face painting, craft workshops and more.
Kids entry to the festival is free! (A fee applies to some activities however)
See website for timetable of events and shows.

Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September

The popular Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend is the perfect destination for a great day out with friends. Live music by Ruby Ray and her Boys, as well as Cheek to Cheek Trio will set the mood for the weekend.
Your festival entry includes two complimentary tokens for wine (or beer) tastings. Drinks are also available to purchase, but make sure you bring a designated driver!

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Irish Weekend at the Tulip Festival (Image credit:

Irish Weekend
Friday 2nd October - Sunday 4th October

Celtic bands Knot o' The Gate and The Whisky Gypsies will be entertaining the crowds, along with Irish Dancing performances and roving Pipers. The Market stalls will have a distinctly Irish feel, including Irish coffee, Guinness and Kilkenny, Celtic Babe, Highland Crafts and more.
This is the final weekend to enjoy the festival, so don't miss out.

For more information, visit the Tulip Festival website or Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at the gate.
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When: Thursday 10th September - Tuesday 6th October 2015, 10am-5pm daily
Phone: 03 9737 - 7722
Where: The Tulip Farm, 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (within the Dandenong Ranges)
Cost: Adults: $24, Concession: $20, Children under 16: Free, Group discounts available for pre-purchase online
Your Comment
All the extra multicultural activities make it hard to choose when to go. Sounds like a lot of fun!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3098) 335 days ago
are you allowed to take a dog on leash to the festival and through gardens?
by craig (score: 0|3) 301 days ago
My husband and I visited the Tulip Festival this week. (16/9) I had not been previously and although there were not as many tulips planted in the fields as I thought there would be it was an enjoyable day. The live music and market stalls really add to the atmosphere and the variety of tulips was astonishing. We topped the day off by visiting the nearby George Tindale Meorial Gardens which are free to enter.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|3734) 285 days ago
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