65th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 6-15, 2014
The 10-day celebration is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. A celebration that blends the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs – many of which were brought here during the Colonial era; distinctive equestrian culture; fine food, drink and accommodations plus a range of other activities, the festival is one of the Island’s biggest attractions.
Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, Grand Hotel History Lecture, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, sailing tours of the harbor, boat cruises under the Mackinac Bridge, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show and the festival’s signature event, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade.
Held on the lawn of the Harbour View Inn and surrounded by some of the Island’s oldest lilacs, A Taste of Mackinac provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample culinary favorites served by chefs from the Island’s restaurants. Cuisine ranges from Colonial to contemporary and includes fares such as New American, French, Irish, Italian, Jamaican and Mexican.
Celebrating equine and canine companions, the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony club returns with the annual Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Show and the Epona & Barkus Parade.