30th Annual Tulip Festival


Each spring, the City of Wamego comes alive with thousands of visitors, vibrant colors of tulips and over 150 craft vendors. The vivacious colors of the tulips from Holland are the backdrop for the April art and craft fair in Wamego City Park.


Saturday - April 22, 2017 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday - April 23, 2017 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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Amazing Food & Refreshments

Bierocks, Chili Cheese Dogs, Chocolate Gourmet Treats, Ribs
Fried Pickles. Kettle Corn, Loaded Curly Fries, Egg Rolls, Fried Rice
Tex-Mex Sliders, Cinnamon Rolls, Shrimp on a Stick, Turnovers

Turkey Legs, Walking Tacos, Smothered Burritos, Lettuce Wraps

Gyros, Cotton Candy, Fried Oreos, Fried Cookie Dough, Brisket

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Buffalo Burgers, Philly Cheesesteak


Fruit Smoothies, Shaved Ice, Pop, Fresh Lemonade

Cherry Limeade, Smoothies, Rootbeer


All food and drink items may be subject to change.


Costs & Parking


Free & Open to the Public:



Free parking is available on side streets surrounding Wamego City Park.  For handicap parking, there are some space available in the City Park Pool lot.  (This is located at east side of the corner of Ash Street and 5th Street.) There are other designated spaces by the Children's Train Depot.  

Family Fun Activities

  • Over 150 Craft and Artisan Vendors
  • Food trucks from throughout the region
  • Orbotron Gyroscope / $5 for 2 minute rides
  • Inflatables for all ages.  $10 All Day Pass ($5 3 and under)
  • Frankfort Subdivision Model Trains (Shelter House)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Rock-climbing Wall
  • Face Painting (three locations)
  • in-descri-bubbles
  • Children’s Games and Activities
  • BOOM Battle Sports Bubble Soccer and Laser Tag / $5 per game or 5 for $20)
  • Carriage Rides (Sunday Only 12:30 - 4pm)
  • Ride FREE on the Wamego City Park Children’s Train. Check out the ADA accessible train car, possibly the only one in the nation.(Saturday 10-Noon & 2-4 p.m / Sunday Noon-2:00 p.m.)


30 Years Tulip Festival Merchandise: Check out commerative tees and free balloons at the information booth.  


While you’re here, don’t forget to spend time in Downtown Wamego and visit local historical landmarks. Wamego’s small town charm is sure to leave you wanting to visit again.



Additional Activities

  • Beer Garden – Take a break from the festivities to enjoy a glass of beer or wine at the Oz Winery at 417A Lincoln Street (back lot), Downtown Wamego
  • Homemade Ice Cream - Wamego Historical Museum and Prairie Village
  • Horseshoe Tournament- Saturday – For more information and registration, contact Larry Collette at 785-456-5001
  • Quilt Show - Located at Wamego's Senior Center (Same hours as festival)
  • Free Cancer Screening at Edward-Jones office, 519 Lincoln. 2-5pm
  • Friends of the Library Cookbook Sale - Wamego Public Library (Corner of 5th and Lincoln) 9am - 4pm



10:15am  Olathe Dance Center 
11:00am  The Love Handles Trio 
1:00pm    Haven Alexandra - Guitar & Vocals        
2:30pm  Olathe Dance Center
3:00pm  Topeka High Drum Line
4:00pm  Brian Nelson- Guitar & Vocals


10:30am  Bagpipers- Jack Williamson & Jim Williamson 
12:00pm  Columbian Theatre’s “High School Musical” (Sneak Peek)
12:30pm Isaac Nigus- Guitar & Vocals        
1:30pm  1st Infantry Division Band

3:30 Kaw Valley Cloggers


Discover Wamego City Park

As you enjoy the Tulip Festival, look for these highlights throughout Wamego

City Park!


Schonhoff Dutch Mill
Historic Museum and Prairie Town Village
War Cannon
WWI Memorial Eagle
Rose Garden
Children’s Playground
Fishing Pond Shaped like a Whale
Gazebo / Bandstand
17-ton Boulder from John Winter’s Farm
Children’s Train & Depot
Statues, “Art” and “Science” from 1893 Columbian Exposition
Native Boulder Bird Fountain
Wamego Area Veterans Memorial
20’ Native Stone Fence
Shelter House
Jack Deweese Memorial Boulder
Tree Trunk Racoon Carvings
300+ Trees





Become a Vendor!

We are no longer accepting VENDOR applications for this year. Please considering joining us for OZtoberFEST. (Oct 7, 2017)

Columbian Theatre & OZ Museum


While visiting Wamego, please stop by our world reknowned Columbian Theatre and the OZ Museum. Both are located downtown Wamego.




High School Musical
April 21-23, 28-30 & May 5-7
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. / Sunday @ 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for students/children and $20 for adults.

In this modern day take on Grease, a small-town high school basketball star, Troy Bolton, falls for the breathtakingly beautiful brainiac, Gabriella Montez.  Challenges ensue when the high school couple faces jealous girls, busy schedules, and of course, the high school play auditions!  Will this dynamic couple prove its friends wrong, or will Troy and Gabriella’s love end when the curtain closes?



Be transported to the yellow brick road at the Oz Museum in Wamego. Guests will start their journey in the sepia-toned Auntie Em’s Gift Shop; pass through the screen door and into the technicolor world of Oz. Follow the path of the yellow brick road throughout the museum and view over 100 years of Oz history. Rare OZ artifacts such as original MGM 1939 movie production notes and props from the Broadway musical Wicked are also on display.

HOURS: Mon - Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm /  Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Adults (13 and up) $8.00 / Children (ages 4-12) $5.00
Military Discount:
Adults (ages 13 and up) $6.00 / Children (ages 4-12) $3.00





General Information, Sponsors & Volunteering

Presented by Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce

For additional information:785-456-7849 /


Want to learn more about volunteering, please contact the Chamber.



Thank you to our Tulip Festival Sponsors!

City of Wamego

Cotton O'Neil Clinic

Bennington State Bank

Central Mechanical Construction, Inc.

Short Stop / Papa John's Pizza

Vanderbilt's, Your Work Boot Center


KBS Constructors



Kaw Valley State Bank

Purple Wave Auction

Wamego Health Center

Landmark National Bank

WTC, Keeping You Connected

Bank of the Flint Hills 


RTV's provided by KanEquip and CTI.

Balloon Helium sponsored by Robert's Heating & Cooling,

Celebrating 30 Years - History

Thirty years of the Wamego Tulip Festival is being celebrated this year!


The Tulip Festival started in 1987 and has become the premier spring event in northeast Kansas!  It carries on the tradition of quality family activities, art, crafts and wonderful entertainment for which Wamego has become known. 

It began with a challenge from the Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber’s Civic Improvement Committee.  The challenge was to use the Schonhoff Dutch Mill on top the knoll hill in Wamego City Park as the inspiration to expand the Dutch theme throughout the community.


The committee accepted the challenge by organizing and planting thousands of tulip bulbs at various locations throughout Wamego. The committee ordered 12,000 bulbs directly from Holland and purchased them, at cost, through Horticultural Services of St. George.  The bulbs were resold to the city, hospital, clubs, schools nursing homes and businesses throughout the community.  Public meetings were organized and experts brought in to advise community members on the proper planting and care of Holland tulips.


The bulbs were planted and in the spring, there was a sea of color throughout Wamego. The Chamber’s Civic Committee planned to do this every year in hopes that under normal conditions there would be tulips blooming every spring.  Consequently, in 1987 the Tulip Festival was established.


To date the festival brings thousands of people for two days of family fun, activities, great food, unique drinks, great crafts, exceptional art, beautiful photography, plus much more!

Tulip Festival Tulips

Timing is everything and if we are blessed with tulips blooming at same time as festival, you can enjoy these brilliant flowers by the Historic Museum and Prairie Town Village, which includes the Schonhoff Dutch Mill.  Also, tulips are found throughout the Wamego City Park, downtown Wamego, near the Wamego Public Library, Caboose Park and Welcome Wamego Corner (Hwy 99 & Hwy 24).


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