Thanksgiving Point’s annual Tulip Festival, presented with Utah Community Credit Union (UCCU), returns to the Ashton Gardens from April 8 to May 7!
Thousands of tulips are imported directly from Holland each year to make this event one of the best tulip festivals in the nation. Celebrate spring with a general admission ticket, or make your experience unforgettable with one of our curated packages. This month-long festival is the perfect way to experience the beauty and wonders of the natural world.
TULIP TOT PLAYLAND
There’s ongoing fun to be had at the Tulip Tot Playland! Visit on Fridays and Saturdays for lawn games, family-friendly activities, and more! Included with festival admission.
Mondays: 4 PM – 8 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 10 AM – 6 PM
THANKSGIVING POINT TULIP THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL
Created especially for Thanksgiving Point’s 25th anniversary in 2020, you can see our very own ‘tulipa Thanksgiving Point’ on display at the 2022 Tulip Festival! This bright yellow tulip is a rare fragrant tulip that blooms in late spring. Look for signs noting this happy bloom when you visit.
Visit the Learning Garden and take home your own bunch of Cut Tulips! One bunch (5 stems) is $10. Available while supplies last.
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 7 PM
Enter your favorite photos of the 2022 Tulip Festival using hashtag #TulipPhotoContest and tagging Thanksgiving Point on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (Make sure your post is set to public!).
Starting April 15th, each Friday during the festival Thanksgiving Point judges will select a Photo of the Week which will be featured on Thanksgiving Point’s Instagram page (@thankspoint), and on the Thanksgiving Point marquee for the duration of the week. Each chosen photo will also win a Thanksgiving Point Family Membership.
ART OF SPRING
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SARAH RICHARDS SAMUELSON
This year we have invited well-loved painter Sarah Samuelson to partner with us as our first ever Artist in Residence.
As a child, Sarah was constantly drawing and painting. She continued to nurture her talents and skills as an artist and received her BFA degree from Brigham Young University. She went on to teach at Utah Valley University for several years, teaching painting, drawing, color theory, and art history.
Sarah loves to watch her brush put down colors, shapes, and textures; the way they complement and invigorate each other intrigues her. She paints to preserve the beauty that is around her. The artist says painting is a spiritual process for her. It is a way for her to express her gratitude for the beauty of God’s creations, in a format that can be shared with all.
She prepares her surface by first thinking about the color palette that will be used. She paints abstractly at first, then sketches the image with soft vine charcoal, fixes the drawing onto the surface, and continues to paint, letting the early processes show through in her finished piece of art. Sarah is constantly sketching her surroundings. Many of her paintings come from her sketch books.
Stop by her tent located just past the creek between the Rose Garden and the Grand Allee for a chance to meet Sarah, watch her create a digital painting, find out where she might be set-up making traditional painting, and just absorb a little of her infectious passion for tulips and the Ashton Gardens.
10 AM – 2 PM
ARTIST’S GARDEN WALK
See the Gardens through an artist’s perspective as you take a walk through the Tulip Festival with Artist in Residence, Sarah Samuelson. Learn all her favorite spots, the best times to capture the perfect scene, and more. Included with Tulip Festival admission.
A perfect spring outing, this package includes a charcuteries spread and sparkling drinks for two. Plus, you’ll get to take home a commemorative picnic blanket. Packages are limited and advance reservations are required.
Discover your new favorite band! Visit the Waterfall Amphitheatre on Fridays and Saturdays to see local artists performing live. Visit the Waterfall Amphitheater from 11:00am – 3 PM to hear live local performers. See below for a full performer schedule.
12:30pm: Angie Petty
2:00pm: Samuel Charles Band
OFF-PEAK DAYS (MONDAY – THURSDAY)
The perfect way to enjoy a peaceful walk through the tulips. Off-Peak days boast fewer people, family-friendly games, and the natural beauty of the Ashton Gardens in bloom.
Thanksgiving Point Members: Free
Child (ages 3-12): $17
Youth (ages 13-24): $19
Senior (65+): $21
Children, ages 2 and under: Free
PEAK DAYS (FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS)
Turn this festival into a party! Peak days include live music, food trucks, vendors, games, and activities for the whole family.
Thanksgiving Point Members: $12
Child (ages 3-12): $22
Youth (ages 13-24): $24
Senior (65+): $26
Children, ages 2 and under: Free
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