2021 Lilac Festivals
Lilac festivals are among the first outdoor festivals of the year. They herald
the beginning of the spring, and a new outdoor gardening season. The timing
of the festivals can be somewhat problematic. Cooler springs delay the flowering,
while hotter than normal weather, can bring the blossoms out earlier than
anticipated. If you travel to a festival, find out when it is being held,
and go during the middle of the event. Try to find out how the lilacs are
doing- is an early, on-time or late bloom expected?
The Rochester, N.Y. lilac festival is the biggest and best of them all. It
has one of the largest displays of lilacs, boasting 500 varieties over
22 acres in Highland Park. The annual Lilac Festival lasts for two weeks,
and includes a wide range of events, exhibits, Lilac10K races, craft displays,
bands and concerts, and much more. The American Bus Association lists it among
it's "Top 100 Events", as bus tours from all over the U.S. and Canada bring
2021 Lilac Festival Sites and Dates:
Enjoy the Lilacs! Here are links to lilac festival locations and information.
Make arrangements for your overnight stay well in advance. The popularity
of these festivals causes area hotels to fill up quickly.
Rochester, NY Lilac
Festival It's the granddaddy of lilac festivals. In addition to
a huge collection of Lilacs, the Annual Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY
includes a parade, 5K and 10k races, concerts, wine and cheese tasting,
plenty of food and craft booths, a craft beer garden, and much more. The festival will be held May
2021. Make plans to be there today!
Pine Mountain, Ca. Lilac Festival - third weekend in May
Lilac Park, Lombard, IL - May 1 - 16, 2021. Known as "Lilac Village", the park has
been in existence since the 1920's. It boasts over 700 cultivars. Features
a parade, Lilac Ball and many more events.
Barryton, Mi. Lilac Festival - June 4-6, 2021
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival - June 4-13, 2021 on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Taos, New Mexico Lilac Festival - Cancelled due to COVID
Spokane, Washington Lilac Festival Gala - May, 2021 TBD
4th Street Lilac Festival -Calgary, B.C., Canada - June 6, 2021
Sapporo Japan Lilac Festival - dates TBD
Note: Some festivals are quite late each year in
announcing the dates, attempting to time the festival to occur when the
lilacs are in bloom. Larger festivals, like the Rochester, NY Lilac
Festival, have such extensive list of activities and events, that they
need to set the dates well in advance.
Lilac Bushes a great selection of popular Lilacs