FUTURE DATES:
June 7 - 16, 2024
June 6 - 15, 2025

2023 LILAC FESTIVAL

JUNE 9 - 18, 2023

THEME: MACKINAC IN BLOOM

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!

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Times Vary: FREE Family Fun Playground at Windermere Point. Bounce houses on weekends. 15-foot customized coloring mural for the entire event.

Times Vary: Kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling excursions with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Visit their website for pricing and schedule.

Times Vary: Morning, Historic, and Sunset cruises with Sip N’ Sail cruises. Visit their website for pricing and schedule.

9:00 am – 8:00 pm: Collection of all the Lilac Festival posters on display at the Center for the Arts at the Mission Point Theatre lobby. Free

9:00 am – 8:00 pm: The Top 20 posters from this year’s Lilac Festival Poster Contest on display at the Center for the Arts at the Mission Point Theatre lobby. Free

10:00 am – 8:00 pm: View local artists, Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works in the Murray Hotel Lower Gallery

Evenings: Downtown entertainment. Listen to live music and local musicians downtown Mackinac Island.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Bounce House Playground at Windermere Point. Free event.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Lilac Festival Poster Contest artist reception at the Center for the Arts at the Mission Point Theatre lobby. Free event, open to the public

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Music & Meditation with Pianist John Kissane at Ste. Anne Catholic Church. Free, come and go event, donations accepted. No applause please.

5:00 pm: Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and unveiling of the 2023 Lilac Festival Poster. Free event at Marquette Park.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Market Street Art Walk. Galleries and shops on Market Street open for viewing. Free event.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lilac Resin Jewelry Workshop at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $54. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Fire the cannon at Fort Mackinac at 6:30 pm. Sign up for the drawing before 4:00 pm at the Tourism Booth on Main Street for a chance to fire the cannon!

9:30 am: Lilac Festival 10K Run & Walk. Starts in front of Windermere Point and finishes at the Mackinac Island School Yard.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Bounce House Playground at Windermere Point. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

11:00 am: Vintage Bicycle Rally on the Rock. Meet & Greet, Best of Show, Ride around the Island, and more. Meet at Marquette Park. Sign up here! https://forms.gle/rCcbpSGXf1ctJiocA

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Annual Used Book Sale at the Mackinac Island Public Library.

11:45 am: Lil’ Lilac Kids Run. Begins and ends at Mackinac Island Public School

12:00 am – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Come and go, free event.

12:30 pm: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet at the west side of Marquette Park. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Book signing at Little Luxuries with local author Sue Allen, author of Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Book signing at Island Bookstore. Katy Klimczuk will be available to sign her book M is for Mackinac: A Nature Alphabet Book. Free event.

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lilac Resin Jewelry Workshop at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $54. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Line Dancing in the Street with West Michigan Bootscooters. Located on Market Street between Fort Street and Astor Street. Free event.

9:00 pm – 11:30 pm:  Movie in the Fort: The Wizard of Oz. Located in Fort Mackinac. Free admission, bring a chair or blanket and your favorite snack

10:00 pm – 12:00 pm: Book signing at Mission Point Resort lobby. Author Katy Klimczuk will be signing her book, M is for Mackinac: A Nature Alphabet Book. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Bounce House Playground at Windermere Point. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 am – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Come and go, free event.

12:30 pm:  Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet at the west side of Marquette Park. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Book signing at Watercolor Café. Author Katy Klimczuk and Illustrator Kate Dupre will be signing their book, M is for Mackinac: A Nature Alphabet Book. Free event.

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

3:30 pm: Mackinac: Our Famous Island movie at Mission Point Theatre. Free event.

4:30 pm: This Time for Keeps movie at Mission Point Theatre. Free event.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lighthouse & Lilacs Painting at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $48. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Lilac Festival Puzzle Challenge! Fastest teams to complete the 500 piece Lilac Festival puzzle win prizes! Limited space, 6 people per team, sign up on the Tourism Bureau website. Free event at Community Hall. Sign up here to reserve your spot! https://forms.gle/3C2AB3UQXPvcSkK28

10:00 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Meet local jewelry artist, Cayenne & Cake at Little Luxuries

1:00 pm:  Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

3:00 pm:  Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

5:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Intro to Polymer Clay Jewelry (Lilac Themed) at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $48. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

5:30 pm: Creating the Village of Mackinac Island. Walking Tour with Mackinac State Historic Parks’ Interpretation Coordinator, Jack Swartzinski. Meet at Windermere Point. 1 hour walk. Free event, donations welcome

6:00 pm: Bynoe Street Hockey at Windermere Point. Free event

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Polymer Clay Jewelry (Lilacs) at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $58. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

10:00 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am: Grand Hotel History Lecture with Bob Tagatz at Grand Hotel. Free tour included in $10 admission fee.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Come and go, free event.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Nature Tour with Trish Martin, starts at Bogan Lane Inn. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Meet the Author! Cynthia Birk will sign her novel, Finding Lilacs. Free event at the Island Bookstore

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

5:30 pm: Historic Downtown Walking Tour with Mackinac State Historic Parks. Meet in front of The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Free event.

6:00 pm: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

7:30 pm: Somewhere in Time movie playing at Mission Point Theatre. Free event.

9:00 am: Free Lilac Festival flag giveaway at Flagship. While supplies last.

9:30 am – 11:30 am: Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tour. Free, 15 minute guided tour.

10:00 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Windermere Point. Come and go, free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Book signing of the lilac book, Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island with author, Sue Allen. Island Bookstore.

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Meet Michigan watercolor artist, 37 Prime at Little Luxuries

7:00 pm: Artist-in-Residence Program. Station 256 Conference Room above the State Park Visitor Center. Free event.

10:00 am:  Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Come and go, free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Meet the Author! Nancy Coco will sign her newest Mackinac based, candy coated mystery, Give Fudge a Chance. Free event at the Island Bookstore.

2:00 pm: Captain Joel’s Magic Show. Mackinac Island Public Library. Free event!

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Happy Hour Michigan beer sampling at Little Luxuries

5:00 pm: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Live music in Marquette Park with Don Middlebrook – Jimmy Buffett Tribute Concert! Free event

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Fire the cannon at Fort Mackinac at 6:30 pm. Sign up for the drawing before 4:00 pm at the Tourism Booth on Main Street for a chance to fire the cannon!

10:00 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Bounce House Playground at Windermere Point. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Meet Michigan handbag designer Jenna Kator at Little Luxuries for a chance to win a Jenna Kator handbag! 

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds Come and go, free event.

1:00 pm: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Meet the Author! Nancy Coco will sign her newest Mackinac based, candy coated mystery, Give Fudge a Chance. Free event at the Island Bookstore

3:00 pm:  Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Music & Meditation with Pianist John Kissane at Ste. Anne Catholic Church. Free, come and go event, donations accepted. No applause please.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Market Street Art Walk. Galleries and shops on Market Street open for viewing. Free event.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Mackinac Island Sky Watercolor Painting class at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Live music with Empty Canvas in Marquette Park! Enjoy this one-of-a-kind combination of art and music. Free event

9:00 am: Lilacs and Warblers Birding Adventure! A guided tour of Mackinac Island’s birds and flowers. Meet in Marquette Park. Free event.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Fire the cannon at Fort Mackinac at 6:30 pm. Sign up for the drawing before 4:00 pm at the Tourism Booth on Main Street for a chance to fire the cannon!

10:00 am: Michigan Cornhole Tournament at Windermere Point. Bags fly at 11:00 am

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Meet local artist and author Jennifer Wohletz for a book signing at Little Luxuries

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Bounce House Playground at Windermere Point. Free event

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Come and go, free event.

12:00 am – 4:00 pm: Great Lakes Pirate Festival. Star Line – now known as Mackinac Island Ferry Company Dock #1

12:30 pm: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet at the west side of Marquette Park. Free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

1:00 pm: Hardwood Nature Hike with Mackinac State Historic Park naturalist, Kyle Bagnall. Explore Mackinac Island State Park’s newest interpretive pathway, the Hardwood Nature Trail. Meet at the Avenue of Flags, behind Fort Mackinac.  ¾ mile loop. Free event, donations welcome.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Live music at Cannonball Oasis featuring Myk Rise. Free event, food & drink available for purchase.

3:00 pm:  Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Mandala Rock Painting at Watercolor Café. All supplies provided. Fee is $55. Space is limited, register on their website ahead of time.

9:00 pm – 11:30 pm: Movie in the Fort: The Wizard of Oz. Located in Fort Mackinac. Free admission, bring a chair or blanket and your favorite snack!

8:30 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet at the west side of Marquette Park. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Sip N’ Sail Cruise: Easy Like Sunday Morning Lilac Festival Special with DJ Mike Williford. $53, purchase tickets on their website

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Concerts in Marquette Park, face painting & temporary tattoos, Rosco the Clown with balloon animals, and more fun! Free event

3:30 pm: Mackinac: Our Famous Island movie at Mission Point Theatre. Free event.

4:00 pm: Special cannon firing from Fort Mackinac to kick-off the 2023 Lilac Festival Parade

4:00 pm: Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Parade. Begins at Mission Point Resort, through Main Street, and ends at Windermere Point. Grand Parade sponsored by Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling.

4:30 pm: This Time for Keeps movie at Mission Point Theatre. Free event.

5:30 pm: Raffle Ticket Party at Mary’s Bistro. Tickets are $100. First place is $3,000 and 2nd-8th place is $1,000 each. Drawing is at 6:30 pm

Bistro on the Greens: Enjoy their signature drink “Fade to Lilac”

Chianti: New drinks on the menu “Lilac Sour” & “Lilac Queen”

Gate House: Try the “Electric Lilac Lemonade”

Kingston Kitchen: Specialty drink “Jamaican Lilac Tini”

Pink Pony: Serving a delicious “Lilac Lemonade!”

Round Island Kitchen: New drinks on the menu “Lilac Sour” & “Lilac Queen”

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor: Enjoy Lilac Flavored Ice Cream

Sanders: Lilac themed sweets – try the Limited Edition Lilac Sugar Cookies!

Seabiscuit Café: Purple Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sip N’ Sail Cruises: Featuring their newest drink “The Lilac Queen”

Watercolor Café: Enjoy Lilac Lattes and Lilac flavored Poppies – famous homemade Pop Tarts!

Winchester’s: Lilac inspired cocktails

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