Tulip Time Announces the 2018 Festival Entertainment

Tulip Time Festival ( announces their festival entertainment line-up for 2018.

National Entertainment

The Beach Boys – Get ready for a night of fun, fun, fun as The Beach Boys take the stage to celebrate Tulip Time and kick off the summer season in a very big way! For five decades, The Beach Boys have recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. The iconic sounds of The Beach Boys include songs like “Good Vibrations,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me, Rhonda” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” that continue to delight and engage fans spanning multiple generations.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the enduring legacy of this American band. Please note that this performance will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. The Beach Boys will perform on Fri., May 11 at Central Wesleyan. Premium Seating tickets (rows 1 through 11) are $75/person; General Seating tickets are $65/person.

New Odyssey Dinner Show – This high-energy festival favorite delights audiences every time by adding new surprises each year. Outstanding arrangements of nearly every musical style are performed by these three ultra-talented guys on 30 different musical instruments! An additional performance has been added for 2018. New Odyssey will be performing at the Haworth Inn from Mon., May 7 through Sat., May 12 from 6:30p-9p. Tickets, which include a fabulous dinner, are $46/person.

The Texas Tenors – Join us as America’s favorite tenors take the stage. Since their whirlwind debut eight years ago on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards and accolades, and have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world. With music spanning from Bruno Mars to Puccini, The Texas Tenors share a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. They blend vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show. Wed., May 9, 7-8:30p at Central Wesleyan. Tickets are $32/person.

FiddleFire – A passion for creating exciting musical arrangements as well as the desire to perform together was the inspiration for the Panning Family to form their string band, FiddleFire. This group specializes in a variety of music including classical to driving fiddle tunes. Their diverse instrumentation includes fiddles, guitar, string bass, mandolin, percussion and dancing feet! Now in their sixth year, FiddleFire continues to perform to sold-out crowds. Wed., May 9 from 7-8:30p at Beechwood Church. Tickets are $25/person.

Liverpool Legends – Liverpool Legends are four incredibly talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. They perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing. Thu., May 10 from 7-8:30p at Central Wesleyan. Tickets are $32/person.

Local Arts & Culture Performances

Tulip Time, along with presenting sponsor Fifth Third Bank, are pleased to announce the Local Arts & Culture performances for the 2018 Tulip Time Festival. Each year, several of Holland’s cultural organizations partner with Tulip Time to create an array of entertainment for festival visitors. This year’s events include many new surprises.

Calendar Girls – Based on the true story of 11 women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, “Calendar Girls” opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history. No actual nudity in this performance. Performances are held at the Holland Civic Theatre on Sat., May 5 from 7-9p, Sun., May 6 from 2-4p, Tue., May 8 – Sat., May 12 from 7-9p. Tickets are $23/person.

The Three Faces of Steve – Holland Windmill Chorus wraps its barbershop harmonies around a parody of “Three Faces of Eve” – the 1957 film about a woman with multiple personalities, three separate lives and the psychiatrist who tries to cure her. A Tulip Time tradition unbroken since the 1960s, this year’s 90-minute show loosely adapts the tale to poke fun at the chorus’ director. Beechwood Church; Sat., May 5 from 7-8:30p; Tickets are $23/person.

Tulip Time Quilt Show – Enjoy a unique display of more than 100 exquisite handmade bed quilts, wall hangings, and art quilts. Local artists provide all of these creations that are beautifully displayed in the Padnos and Armstrong galleries of the Holland Area Arts Council. The exhibit runs Sat., May 5, 10a-5p; Sun., May 6, 12p-3p; Mon., May 7 – Fri, May 11, 10a-8p; Sat., May 12, 10a-1p and Sun., May 13, 12-3p. Tickets are $6/person.

Happily Ever Laughter – Laughter and song unite under the creative direction of Dr. Patrick Coyle, as the Holland Chorale uniquely entwines their remarkable musical talents with the unexpected pop of comic relief. Tulip Time and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts partner to bring you this performance that leads you through the joys, trials and humor of relationships expressed through music and comedy. The performance will feature a guest appearance by Lakeshore Community Chorus! After the show, join us for a meet and greet with all of the performers. Saugatuck Center for the Arts; Mon., May 7, 7-8:30p. Tickets are $23/person.

Dutch Organ Music – on a High Speed Train – Concert organist Rhonda Sider Edgington will introduce listeners to the breadth and depth of Dutch organ music. You’ll be led on a high-speed journey through the history of Dutch organ music, including some of the greatest compositions by Dutch composers such as Ad Wammes’ “Ride on a High Speed Train.” Hope Church;  Sun., May 6 from 7-8p at Hope Church. Tickets are $15/person.

Dutch Brunch & Show – Enjoy a delightful brunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional Dutch and American foods, coupled with a one-hour show. The show features Ah!Men, four of West Michigan’s strongest male vocalists, that will both stir and create fond musical memories for all. Ah!Men will present “The Great American Songbook” featuring music from American icons like Disney, Cole Porter and Jule Stein, plus a few surprises. Beechwood Church, Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11. Tickets are $26/person.

BBOP – Come Swing with Us! – Tulip Time invites you to dance the night away with the renowned swing band BBOP, one of southwest Michigan’s premier big bands. Come swing with us as BBOP plays classics by Glen Miller, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and more, all from the Big Band era. Enjoy complimentary treats from the appetizer buffet and try a Tulip Time featured beer, wine or cocktail from the cash bar. This general admission event will be held at the Holland Armory on Tue., May 8 from 7-8:30p. Tickets are $28/p.

Dazzle! A Tulip Time Talent Showcase – The brilliantly fresh talent from four area high schools bursts onto the stage to present this vibrant medley. Enjoy this astounding variety of soloists, show choir and orchestral performances, all in one show! With over 25 acts, this show is packed with entertainment value for all audiences. The performance will be held at Central Wesleyan on Tuesday, May 8 from 8-10p. Tickets are $15/person.

Culinary Favorites

Taste of Holland Lunch – A new twist for 2018. Savor a unique Dutch/Hispanic three-course lunch celebrating our combined Holland heritage. Chefs will demonstrate food preparation while sharing history and recipes of each delicious course. Fri., May 11, 11:30a-1p; Freedom Village; $20/p

Dutch Treat – Enjoy this hands-on cooking experience as you are taken through the steps of making, baking and savoring the Dutch treat, Pigs in a Blanket. Take a dozen home and enjoy! Mon., May 7 & Tues., May 8, 3-4:30p; Careerline Tech Center; $40/p

Nights at the Knick

We’re creating an eclectic collection of performances to be held at the Knickerbocker Theatre, on Hope College’s campus in Downtown Holland. The Nights at the Knick series will run Thu., May 10 through Sat., May 12. The series kicks off with a fabulous Michigan talent.

Joshua Davis – A tried and true Michigan musician, Joshua Davis gained national acclaim as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”  His rough-n-tumble grit mixes with an undeniable Midwesterner’s charm when bringing songs from his recently released album, The Way Back Home, to the stage. Thu., May 10, 8p. Tickets are $25/p.

There’s still a lot of planning going on at Tulip Time. Watch for more program announcements on the Nights at the Knick line-up, a Mother’s Day celebration, art parties and other fun ways to celebrate Tulip Time!

Join the celebration of Dutch Culture, Community and Tulips at Tulip Time May 5 – 13, 2018. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time 2018 is available on Tickets for all shows go on sale November 9, 2017. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 74 West 8th Street, Holland, Michigan, or by phone at 800-822-2770.