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72nd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 5 - June 14
Due to the unfolding global health crisis caused by COVID-19, all public events scheduled as part of the 72nd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, to be hosted June 5-14, 2020, have been canceled.
“The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is one of the marquee events the island has the pleasure of hosting each year, and we look forward to making the most of this year’s celebration despite the circumstances,” said Tim Hygh, Executive Director of Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. “These decisions are difficult, but prudent. We prioritize the health and safety of the island’s residents, staff and guests, which reflects our commitment to each of our stakeholders, as well as the island’s traditions and tourism industry.”
The headlining events that have been canceled include the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, as these events require large gatherings of people, which would violate the important social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While public events have been canceled, the annual Lilac Festival Poster contest is still on—upholding the tradition of the winning poster being available for sale in stores throughout the island. Additionally, the planning committee is developing several virtual events for fans from around the world to take part in the 72nd Annual Lilac Festival.
Our goal is to bring everything but the sweet smell of the lilac blooms into the homes of fans and Mackinac Island supporters celebrating remotely. It really is a remarkable time on the island, and we’re going to do everything we can to recreate this experience virtually.
You can view our Schedule of Virtual Events here.