2017 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

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The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is a 10-day celebration, June 9 through 18, 2017. It’s the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and so much more.

Featured Events

Lilac Festival Queen Coronation

Saturday, June 10 • 5 p.m. • Windermere Point

The Lilac Queen has been an important part of the Lilac Festival tradition since it began in 1949. The Lilac Queen is selected by the students from their classmates at Mackinac Island Public School. It is to honor the student who has dedicated their time to their classmates and community events throughout the year. Her duties include opening Fort Mackinac, welcoming guests to A Taste of Mackinac, riding in the Lilac Festival Parade and making appearances at many community events for the year of their reign.


Thursday, June 15• 11:30 a.m.

Mackinac Island’s most anticipated culinary event. Located at the Harbour View Inn, $20. Tickets will be available for purchase February 15, 2017, please check back for the link. This award winning luncheon also features products from Coca Cola, the official soft drink of the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival along with award winning Michigan Beer & Wine and delicious coffee and tea from our local Starbucks.

Live music and entertainment provided by Ardan Academy of Dance and Local singer/songwriter Michelle Chenard.

Learn new dance steps and more about Irish culture with Ardan Academy of Irish Dance. Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter originally hailing from Michigan’s upper peninsula, who’s won numerous awards as a vocalist, performer & songwriter, including a Michigan Emmy Award in 2012.

Lilac Festival Grand Parade

Sunday, June 18 • 4 p.m.

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949. The idea was to bring people to the Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June. What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a ten day festival.

This year theme is Mackinac Island! A team of judges votes on all parade entries with this theme in mind as well as other criteria for selecting those who will receive the coveted parade trophies.
Email director@MackinacIsland.org for a parade application!

Lilac Festival 10K • Run/Walk

Saturday, June 10• 9:30 a.m. • Windermere Point

A great Spring morning race on Mackinac Island. Each year, over 700 participants travel to the island to take in the early season beauty. The course will provide you with beautiful sights of the island. This is certainly a race you don’t want to miss!

Register for all three races by July 31 and receive a special Mackinac Island Trio Series medal. This will be a seperate medal from the other finsher’s medals you will receive at the completion of the races, and will only be awarded following the Great Turtle Half Marathon.