68th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival


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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. View a complete schedule below.

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.

Schedule is subject to change. Contact us at Info@MackinacIsland.org for more information or questions about a specific event.

Download the 2016 Lilac Festival Schedule

 

67th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Daily
  • Farm Bureau Family Fun Playground at Windermere Point, June 3-5 and June 9-11, open 10am to 6pm. Live Music on Friday’s and Saturday’s from Noon to 2pm
  • Mackinac Island Legends and Lore Trek
  • 3:00pm: Mackinac Revealed Walking Tour
  • Evenings: Downtown Entertainment


Friday, June 3

  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 6:00pm: Cannonball BBQ Hayride
  • 8:30pm- 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Saturday, June 4

  • 9:30am: Lilac Festival 10K
  • 10:00am – 11:00am: Rise N’ Shine Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm: Mackinac Island Public Library Annual Book Sale
  • 11:00am: Lil Lilac Run/Walk
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm: Go Lakers!
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Purple Pig Roast, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Meet the makers behind Green Daffodil at Little Luxuries
  • 1:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 1:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Artist Signing at Island Breeze
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Book Signing at Little Luxuries Artist Market
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Grand Hotel Trio will be performing at Windermere Point as local residents and visitors gather for the Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen.
  • 5:00pm: Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen
  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Mackinac Bridge Sightseeing Tour aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 6:00pm: Cannonball BBQ Hayride
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Dancing’ in the Streets
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Sunday, June 5

  • 1:00pm:Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 1:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm: Lilac Festival Art Poster Reception
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Great Turtle Voyage aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Monday, June 6

  • 10:00am: Grand Hotel History Lecture
  • 10:00am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Outdoor Photography with Steven Blair
  • 3:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 3:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Lilac Festival Street Hockey Tournament
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Tuesday, June 7

  • 10:00am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 12:30pm: Nature Tour with naturalist Trish Martin
  • 1:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Artist Signing at Island Breeze
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Pink Pony Beer Tasting
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Artist Meet and Greet at Little Luxuries Artist Market
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Michigan Pins at Little Luxuries
  • 6:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 6:30pm: Lion’s Club Bingo
  • 9:00pm: Jazz Night
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Wednesday, June 8

  • 9:00am- 11:30am: The Mackinac Island Plein Air Painters
  • 9:30am – 11:30am: Governor’s Summer Residence Tour
  • 10:00am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 1:00pm: Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne
  • 1:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Artist Appearance at Little Luxuries
  • 2:00pm- 3:00pm: Irish Ceili Dance Session
  • 3:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Beer Tasting at the Draught House
  • 8:30pm- 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Thursday, June 9

  • 9:30am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 11:30am- 1:30pm: 28th Annual A Taste of Mackinac
  • 2:00pm- 4:00pm: Pink Pony Beer Tasting
  • 3:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 6:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Michigan Night at Little Luxuries
  • 8:30pm- 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Friday, June 10

  • 10:00am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 12:00pm- 2:00pm: Artist Meet and Greet at Little Luxuries
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 1:00pm: Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne.
  • 3:00pm: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 3:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 5:00pm: Feast of Epona Blessing of the Animals
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Lilac Festival Art Walk on Market Street
  • 6:00pm: Cannonball BBQ Hayride
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Michigan Microbrew Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Saturday, June 11

  • 10:00am- 11:00am: Rise N’ Shine Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 10:30am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 12:00pm: Lilac Planting Seminar Sponsored by Proven Winners
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Artist Signing at Island Breeze
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Book signing at Island Bookstore with local resident and author, Peter Marabel.
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Purple Pig Roast, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort
  • 1:00pm: Dog and Pony Parade
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: Magic Show and Face Painting
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Artist Meet and Greet at Little Luxuries
  • 6:00pm: Cannonball BBQ Hayride
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Bourbon Under The Bridge aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Bourbon, Bridge and Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III


Sunday, June 12

  • 8:30am: Walking Tour with Lilac Expert
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Book signing at Island Bookstore with local resident and author, Susan Allen.
  • 2:00pm: Patrick Sinclair Scottish Tattoo
  • 3:00pm: Scottville Clown Band
  • 4:00pm: Lilac Festival Grand Parade presented by Coca Cola
  • 5:30pm: Parade Winners & $10,000 Raffle
  • 6:00pm- 8:00pm: Great Turtle Voyage aboard the Isle Royale Queen III
  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen III