Pella & Orange City, Iowa

Two tulip festivals celebrating the spring flower and Dutch heritage will be held in May. Tulip Time, held Thu.-Sat. at the Historical Village in Pella, highlights tulip gardens and sculptures, plus dancing, museum tours, ethnic food and more ( During Orange City’s Tulip Festival May 16-18, visitors will enjoy a flower show, daily parades, village windmill tours, music, food, musicals and other festivities (

Winona, Minn. & La Crosse, Wis.

Bands playing at various venues will draw crowds to the annual Mid West Music Fest Fri.-Sat. in Winona and May 17-18 in La Crosse. Visitors can enjoy dozens of local and regional bands performing everything from rock to bluegrass to folk and jazz. For a complete performer list, go to

Horicon & Ashland, Wis.

Birders can observe migrating birds aplenty in two upcoming festivals. The annual Horicon Bird Festival May 9-13 in the Horicon National Wildlife Area and Refuge features hundreds of species of birds in the nation’s largest freshwater cattail marsh. Avid birders and others can explore the 32,000-acre wetland by riverboat, biking, hiking and driving tours and more (

More birding can be enjoyed during the annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Fest May 16-18. Expert guides will lead birders and nature lovers on dozens of treks to explore birds, insects and picturesque flora (birdandnature­; 1-800-284-9484).


Colleen A. Coles