English EN German DE Spanish ES

2023 MACKINAC ISLAND LILAC FESTIVAL

JUNE 9 - 18, 2023

THEME: MACKINAC IN BLOOM

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN IS THE LILAC FESTIVAL

June 9th – 18th, 2023

WHAT IS THE 2023 THEME?

Mackinac in Bloom

WHAT IS THE MACKINAC ISLAND LILAC FESTIVAL?

This year marks the 75th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival! It is the largest and most historic festival on Mackinac Island. It’s 10 days celebrating the lilacs and their uniqueness and history to Mackinac Island. Join us for the Lilac Queen coronation, official poster reveal, 10K Run/Walk, lilac walking tours, lilac planting seminars, bounce houses, Michigan Cornhole tournament, live music, the Grand Parade, and more!

WHERE CAN I FIND THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS?

Right here! We are continuing to update the schedule of events as they come in. Expect this to change as it gets closer to the festival.

*Last updated 12/06/22

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE MICHIGAN CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT?

Registration information coming soon.

WILL THERE BE A PARADE THIS YEAR?

Yes! The Grand Parade marks the Lilac Festival finale. There is no fee to be a part of the Lilac Festival parade.

Click here to download the Lilac Festival Parade general rules.

Click here to download the Lilac Festival Parade application!

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR LILAC WALKING TOURS?

Registration is not required for walking tours or planting sessions with our lilac expert. Meet at the designated spot and join the walk and talk as you make your way through Marquette Park and some downtown areas. 

LILAC FESTIVAL PARADE FAQ

WHEN IS THE PARADE?

Sunday, June 18th. Lineup begins at 3:00 pm, parade starts at 4:00 pm.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE PARADE?

2023 parade applications will be posted soon.

WHAT IS THE COST TO BE IN THE PARADE?

No cost! It is free to participate in the parade, but you must complete the application. If you arrange a dray or a carriage, there may be a fee to use these services.

WHAT IS THE PARADE ROUTE?

The parade begins at Mission Point Resort follows M-185 to Main Street and ends at Windermere Point.

HOW DO I PICK UP MY TICKETS IF I’M A PARADE PARTICIPANT?

Complimentary round-trip ferry tickets are provided for all parade participants. Tickets can be picked up from the ticket booth at the respective ticket office on the mainland.  Tickets will be arranged after your application is received and sent to steph@mackinacisland.org

LILAC FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST FAQ

HOW DO I ENTER THE POSTER CONTEST?

If you are 18 or older, create an original piece of art, fill out the 2023 Lilac Festival Poster Submission Form (coming soon), include a biography, and send to steph@mackinacisland.org and you’re in!

HOW IS THE WINNING POSTER JURIED?

Judging will be based on a combination of elements including this year’s theme (Mackinac in Bloom), lilacs, Mackinac Island, and sellability.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

TBD

IS THERE A PRIZE FOR WINNING?

Yes! First place will be awarded a 1-night stay up to $400 on Mackinac Island. Second and third place winners will receive a prize. All poster participants will receive 2 complimentary round-trip ferry tickets to the poster reveal event.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WINNING POSTER?

The first-place winner is the official 2023 Lilac Festival poster and will be available for purchase at Mackinac Island businesses following the unveiling.

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT WITH MY APPLICATION?

  • High Resolution files must be submitted.
  • JPEG or TIFF files must be in CMYK format, 300dpi or larger.
  • Submissions must be emailed to steph@mackinacisland.org
  • Submissions need to be in a vertical format and the size of the poster when printed is 16″ x 20″.
  • Provide two photos. One without a signature and one with a signature.
  • Send the artwork, submission form, and artist bio to steph@mackinacisland.org

WHEN IS THE POSTER REVEAL EVENT?

Friday, June 9th at 5:00 pm in Marquette Park. The poster reveal is in conjunction with the Lilac Queen coronation.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY COMPLIMENTARY FERRY TICKETS?

2 complimentary round-trip ferry tickets are provided for all poster participants. Tickets can be picked up from the ticket booth at the respective ticket office on the mainland.  Tickets will be arranged after your artwork is received and sent to steph@mackinacisland.com

2021 LILAC FESTIVAL POSTER WINNER AND FINALISTS

First place: Kevin Barton
Lilacs for Anne
Second place: Jessica Murphy
Legend of the Great Turtle
Third Place: Michelle Fuller
Legends of the Straights
close-image
Scroll to Top