Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

June 9-18, 2018

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Photos by Steven Blair
A celebration of lilacs takes place every June on Mackinac Island where this Northern Michigan destination features many varieties of gorgeous lilacs in a 10-day festival.

With dozens of varieties, some brought to the island before the Civil War, the lilacs are the stars of this spectacular celebration. Don't miss the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with 10 days of activities in a spectacular setting.

Lilac Festival Calendar of Events


DAILY ONGOING LILAC FESTIVAL EVENTS


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10am-6pm Family Activities Playground, bounce house, Windermere Point
10am-68pm Local Artist Show at Murray Hotel
10am-5:30pm mackinac Art Museum Lilac themed projects
11am& 2:30pm Special Tour Fort Mackinac
2-8pm Stop and Smell the Roses Specialty beverages, Mary's Bistro Draught House
4-7pm Fly Kites with the Ben of Great Turtle Toys Windermere Point
6:30pm Cannon Firing Fort Mackinac

FRIDAY


12-3pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort.
6pm Market Street Art Walk
6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932.
8:30-10pm Sip N' Sail Cruise at Sunset

SATURDAY


9:30am Lilac Festival 10K This paved road race is the first big event of the festival. $35 per person, Windermere Point
11:30am Bloody Mary Cruise Start your day with a serene, relaxing sail under the Mackinac Bridge enjoying a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or beverage of your choice. $25 per person.
11am-4pm Mackinac Island Public Library Annual Book Sale Stop in and pick up some books to support our library. The Library is a architectural gem and was designed by Richard Bos of Royal Oak, Michigan and the interior design is by Carleton Varney, who is also the interior designer for Grand Hotel.
12-3pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort.
1pm Walking Tour With Jeff Young
1pm Meet Author Linda Hughes Secrets of the Island, Island Bookstore
2-4pm Farmhouse Candle Co Trunk Show Little Luxuries
3pm Lilac Planting Seminar Ste Anne Church Yard
3-5pm Mackinac Revealed Walking Tour Begins at Woodfill Bench at Little Stone Church
4-5:30pm MI Craft Beer Cruise Sip N' Sail
4:30-5pm Grand Hotel Trio Performance at Windermere Point As local residents and visitors gather for the Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen.
5pm Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen Welcome the Lilac Festival Queen & her court with Mayor Doud and other community members at Windermere Point (rain location, Windermere Hotel)
5-7pm Live Music with Paul Bedour Ice House, Island House
6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905.
7-9pm Bootscooters Are Dancing’ on Market Street Learn Country Line Dancing with the West Michigan Bootscooters, located in front of the Stuart
House Museum on Market Street.
8:30pm Sip N’ Sail at Sunset Watch as Mother Nature paints vibrant sunset colors across the canvas of the Straits of Mackinac!
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SUNDAY


1pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
2:30-4:30pm Lilac Festival Art Poster Reception Join the artists who submitted works of art for the Lilac Festival Poster for light snacks and
beverages. Free event held at Community Hall on Market Street.
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac (baby lilac included in the free event). Lilacs provided by Proven Winners. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
4-6pm Great Turtle Voyage Sip N' Sail

MONDAY


10am Grand Hotel History Lecture This is a must do event with hotel historian Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel, meets on West Front Porch (inclement weather, will meet at Audubon Wine Bar). Included with $10 hotel admission.
1pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
2:30-4:30pm Lilac Festival Art Poster Reception Join the artists who submitted works of art for the Lilac Festival Poster for light snacks and
beverages. Free event held at Community Hall on Market Street.
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Lilacs provided by Proven Winners. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
6pm Historic Mackinac Walking Tour Fort Mackinac
7pm Lilac Festival Street Hockey Windermere Point
8-10pm Sip n’ Sail @ Sunset

TUESDAY


10am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
12pm Luncheon with Author Karen Dionne The Marsh Daughter, Island Bookstore event at the Iroquois Hotel
12:30pm Nature Tour with naturalist Trish Martin Starts at Bogan Lane Inn, Free.
1pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
2:30pm Author Karen Dionne Book Signing Island Bookstore
3-5pm Meet Local Artist Kate Dupre Little Luxuries
3-5pm Mackinac Revealed Walking Tour Begins at Woodfill Bench across from Little Stone Church.
3-5pm Specialty Lilac Cocktail Pink Pony.
6pm Evening Stroll Walk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Tourism Bureau.
6 & 8:30pm Sip n’ Sail Sail under the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
9pm Jazz Night Spend an evening enjoying hot jazz in a cool setting with Grand Hotel musicians. Located at the Gate House.

WEDNESDAY


9:30-11:30am Governor’s Summer Residence Tour The Lawrence A. Young cottage is a Shingle Style Victorian Era Cottage overlooking the lake and was donated to the State of Michigan for its Governors. Adjacent to Fort Mackinac. For a horse drawn taxi, call (906) 847-3323, two person fare minimum.
10am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
2pm Irish Ceili Dance Session Windermere Point
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
5-7pm Patio Party with Bells Brewery Ice House BBQ
6 & 8:30pmSip n’ Sail Sail under the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
7pm Scenic Photography with Heather May Meet at Mackinac Outfitters.

THURSDAY


9:30am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
11:30am-1:30pm Taste of Mackinac Mackinac Island’s most anticipated culinary event. Located at the Harbour View Inn.
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
3pm Meet the Artist Maeve Croghan Maeve's Arts, Market Street.
3-5pm Michigan Beer Sampling Little Luxuries.
3-5pm Specialty Lilac Cocktail Pink Pony.
4-6pm Ice House BBQ Ice House is located behind Island House Hotel. Join us for live music with Chris Calleja during the Bell’s Pool Party.
6pm Evening Stroll Walk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
8:30-10pm M Bell’s & Upper Hand Sip n’ Sail @ Sunset with Paul Bedour . Sail under the Mighty Mackinac Bridge on this special cruise.

FRIDAY


10am & 1pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs with Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
12-3pm MI Beer and Wine Tasting Bistro on the Green, Mission Point.
2-4pm Artist Signing at Little Luxuries Stop by to meet and watch local water color artist, Mary Lou Peters paint at Little Luxuries Artist Market.
2-8pm Stop and Smell the Hops Mary's Bistro Draught House.
2-4pm watch Local Artist Mary Lou Peter's Artist Market.
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
4:30 & 8:30pm Sip n’ Sail Cruise
5pm Feast of Epona, Blessing of the Animals Little Barn, Trescott Ave.
6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932.
4:30 & 8:30pm Sip n’ Sail Cruise Sail under the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
6-8pm Market Street Art Walk Friday

SATURDAY


10am Dog & Pony Parade Watch the parade of canines dressed to the hilt, starts on the boardwalk from the school to Windermere Point.
10:30-1pm Magic Show and Face Painting Windermere Point
11am Book signing with Phil Porter Island Bookstore
11:30am Blood Mary and Mimosa Cruise Sip N' Sail.
12-3pm MI Beer and Wine Tasting Bistro on the Green, Mission Point.
1pm Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
2pm Mackinac Public Library Duct Tape Workshop
2-8pm Stop and Smell the Hops Mary's Bistro Draught House.
2:30pm Ice Cream Social Fort Mackinac.
3pm Learning About Lilacs Learn how to transplant your own baby lilac. Ste. Anne’s Church Yard.
3-5pm Mackinac Revealed Walking Tour Begins at Woodfill Bench across from Little Stone Church.
4-6:30pm MI Craft Beer Cruise Sip N' Sail.
5-7pm Live Musi with Nick vasquez Ice House, Island House Hotel.
6pm Cannonball BBQ Hayride Take a meandering hayride from downtown to British Landing for a relaxed dinner on the shoreline at the Cannonball Drive Inn, a tradition since 1905. For pricing and reservations: 906-847-0932.
8:30pm Sip n’ Sail Cruise Sail under the mighty Mackinac Bridge.
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SUNDAY


8:30am Walk and Talk with Lilacs Learn about Mackinac’s lilacs and how to care for yours with Hort Farm lilac curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young. Meets at the Mackinac Island Tourism, across from Arnold Ferry.
11-1pm Michigan Artists' Barn Social Artists Market
11am-12:30pm Bloody Mary Cruise with Mike Williford Get ready for the Grand Parade! Enjoy the perfect Bloody Mary while taking in the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac and cruising under the Mackinac Bridge.
1pm Former Lilac Queen Photo and Punch Receptions Stuart House Museum.
12pm Pulaski High School Choir Mission Point Theatre.
1:45pm Patrick Sinclair Scottish Tatoo-Fort and Glen Ellen Pipe Band Marquette Park.
2-8pm Stop and Smell the Hops Mary's Bistro Draught House.
2:45pm Tribute to Joe Plaza Marquette Park.
3pm Scottville Clown Band Marquette Park.
4pm Lilac Festival Grand Parade
5:30pm Parade Winners & $10,000 Raffle This marks the end of the festival where we announce the parade winners and select the raffle winners. $100 raffle tickets are available from the Tourism Bureau. Mary's Bistro.
6& 8:30pm Sip n’ Sail Cruise Sail under the mighty Mackinac Bridge.



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