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Discover the vibrant spirit of Pella! Dive into a world of exciting events and enriching experiences as we celebrate culture, community, and endless fun. Below are several of our adventures where unforgettable memories are ready to be made! For a full list of activities throughout the year check out our calendar of events.

Tulip Time

Experience the vibrant charm of Pella in full bloom at Tulip Time, hosted by the Pella Historical Museums. This event is all hands on deck with community involvement in an unforgettable celebration of Pella’s Dutch heritage, where the city bursts into life with colorful tulips (over 300,000 are planted in Pella annually), traditional Dutch attire, and an abundance of cultural delights. From delectable food to lively entertainment, immerse yourself in the festivities as thousands of residents don Dutch clothing and celebrate rich traditions. This event is the first weekend in May!

Thursdays in Pella

Every Thursday in June and July the PACE Alliance hosts a themed mini-festival (called Thursdays in Pella) in downtown Pella. The event sees upwards of 2000 people in attendance weekly and features food trucks, games, family-friendly entertainment, live music, and an entirely cost-free experience! You won’t want to miss this FUN FOR ALL AGES event!

Lake Red Rock Balloonfest

Watch these vivid beauties as they soar over Lake Red Rock! Enjoy beach parties with live music, activities, a 5k and more along with the launches at this Friday – Sunday event in mid-July.

Klompen Classic 5K Run/Walk

Join thousands of runners and walkers the Wednesday before Tulip Time in this huge 5k! Featuring a kid’s fun run, walkers and runners, this race winds through many historic neighborhoods and sites. Proceeds benefit a local nonprofit.

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Holidays in Pella

The holiday season in Pella brings the magic and charm of a Hallmark town from mid-November to Christmas! Embrace the enchantment of a winter wonderland at the Annual Tree Lighting, Santa visits, free hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, free holiday movies, the Festival of Trees hosted by the Pella Opera House, Christmas Tour of Homes, twinkling lights in Central Park, Kerstmarkt (a Dutch Christmas market), and tons more holiday happenings!

For a full list of activities see the events calendar


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