What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.
June on Mackinac Island means one thing – the lilacs are in bloom. Come celebrate this lovely flower at the 66th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival June 5-14, 2015. Enjoy horse-drawn parades, concerts in the park, a lilac walk and talk, dancing and tours as the fragrance of lilacs floats through the air.
Thousands of visitors head to the island to experience this celebration of the lilacs, equestrian culture, fine food and the arts that blend together to make Mackinac Island a one-of-a-kind destination. The horse-drawn parade (one of few remaining in the country) harkens to the early days of the festival. For a zany experience take in the Epona and Barkus parade – complete with canines dressed to the hilt – leading up to the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Show.
Mackinac Island has a microclimate that provides premium conditions to grow lilacs. The purple beauties that call the island home grow larger and live longer than lilacs in most gardens through the United States. Flower lovers will not want to miss seeing the island in bloom and learning from the experts how to keep this plant growing healthy and strong.
The calendar of events includes activities suited for all ages to pack your days. Explore the island on bicycle, do a walking tour of local architecture, or tour the art exhibition. Attend a wine tasting or the BBQ hayride to the shore. In the evening, relax at the comedy show or film festival and many other options for downtown entertainment.
Named one of the top 10 islands in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Mackinac Island is an island suspended in a forgotten and more innocent time. It is a place to relive the simple pleasures of life – from a leisurely carriage ride to a slow dance on the floors of Grand Hotel – or go on an adventure and explore Arch Rock, Skull Cave and Sugar Loaf at Michigan’s first state park.
For more information on the 65th Annual Lilac festival click here.
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