Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 2015

June 5-14, 2015

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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.

2015 Lilac Festival Calendar of Events


DAILY ONGOING LILAC FESTIVAL EVENTS


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11-6pm Farm Bureau Family Fun at Windermere Point Come jump, climb, crawl, squeeze and slide your way to a fun start during the Lilac Festival Free Family Fun Area located at Windermere Point. There is fun for kids and adults of all ages. Be sure to stop by and have a bounce daily between 11am-6pm, Friday, June 5, 2015 through Saturday, June 13, 2015. Equipment is supplied by Design A Theme Party Rentals, located in Traverse City, Michigan and specializes in making fun parities with personality.

12pm-2pm Grand Luncheon Buffet The legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet is a distinct highlight of the Island. It features hot and cold entrees, seafood, salad, pastries and more. No reservations necessary, dress is resort casual. The buffet is $45 per person. ($10 admission fee will be deducted from check)

3:30pm-5pm Grand Hotel Afternoon Tea Enjoy tea, sherry and champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones and more. $30, no reservations necessary, dress is resort casual. ($10 admission fee for non-guests of Grand Hotel).

Mackinac Island Legends and Lore Trek Guided walking tours through Mackinac Island State Park, $10 per person. Call 231.590.5731 for times and availability.

9:30-11:30pm Alex Graham & Grand Hotel Orchestra Come hear what all the fuss is about as Graham and company take you on a musical journey. Grand Hotel dress code: coat and tie for gentlemen, dresses or pantsuits for ladies (after 6:30pm).

10:00pm Downtown Entertainment Musicians and DJs take over the stages in our downtown pubs.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5


1pm-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort. Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor along with Michigan Craft Beers. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

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-10pm Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise Enjoy a memorable evening savoring the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac while sipping on your favorite beverage. Lively background music, scenic views & romantic ambiance, no extra charge. Tickets are $25 per person

SATURDAY, JUNE 6


9:30am Lilac Festival 10K This paved road race is the first big event of the festival. $35 per person, Windermere Point

10am-11 Rise N’ Shine Cruise Start your day with a serene, relaxing sail on Lake Huron. Your trip includes your choice of coffee or juice and a muffin or pastry. Relax & enjoy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary (additional fee). Tickets are $15 per person

11am Historic Downtown Buildings Mackinac State Historic Parks opens the doors to Biddle House, Benjamin Blacksmith, Birch Bark Chapel, American Fur Company Store and McGulpin House for the season.

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.

11am Lil Lilac Run/Walk A fabulous run/walk in the school yard. $10 per person, Mackinac Island Schoolyard

10am-3pm Go Lakers! To help raise funds for the Mackinac Island Lakers sports programs, the school has set up a great fundraiser of all things wearable to show your team spirit. Mackinac Island Public School.

1pm-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort. Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor along with Michigan Craft Beers. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

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.

1pm 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.

1-3pm Artist Signing Local Michigan Artist, Karen Alley Williams will be signing her artwork and answering questions at Island Breeze, located on Main Street near the Horse Corral Mall.

3-4:30pm Craft Beer Cruise It’s a Microbrew Mutiny! Sample some of Michigan’s finest Microbrews while listening to the songs of local musician Pete Kehoe. Board a landlubber, leave a pirate! Tickets are $25per person and available at ArnoldLine.com

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)

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

7-9pm Dancing’ in the Streets Learn Country Line Dancing with the West Michigan Bootscooters, located in front of the Stuart House Museum on Market Street. Everyone welcome!
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SUNDAY, JUNE 7


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.

1pm 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.

3-5pm Lilac Festival Art Poster Reception This lovely exhibition/reception will feature the works of those who have entered the annual Lilac Festival Art Print Call for Entries of Trinity Church.

8:30-10pm Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise Enjoy a memorable evening savoring the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac while sipping on your favorite beverage. Lively background music, scenic views & romantic ambiance, no extra charge. Tickets are $25 per person

MONDAY, JUNE 8


10am rand 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.

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.

12-2pm Do Good Pins Meet the local artist and maker of Do Good Pins & magnets. Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

1-3pm Outdoor Photography with Steven Blair Join professional photographer, Steven Blair an exciting discovery of light through the lens. Bring a camera and walk around beautiful Mackinac Island as he shares his knowledge and instructs on how to take stunning photographs of Mackinac Island Lilacs and surrounding nature. This two hour class is $10, cash or check only please, and meets outside of the Mackinac Island Tourism building.

3pm 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.

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.

3-5pm Concert at the Park Local Musician Pete Kehoe performs at Marquette Park. Pete Kehoe is a singer/songwriter and composer for film & television. His music can be heard on many cable TV channels/shows, PBS documentaries, and has won several awards as a performer in northern Michigan in the last decade, as well as a Michigan Emmy for original documentary music. He is co-director of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop and owner of 231 Music.

5-6:30pm Craft Beer Cruise It’s a Microbrew Mutiny! Sample some of Michigan’s finest Microbrews. Board a landlubber, leave a pirate! Tickets are $25per person

7-9pm Lilac Festival Street Hockey Tournament Islander & hockey fan Jamie Bynoe rallies all to join in this great street hockey tourney with the Labatt’s Blue Mackinac Leaves vs. the Budweiser Black Hawks Meets at the Windermere Point Dog House.

8:30-10pm Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise Enjoy a memorable evening savoring the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac while sipping on your favorite beverage. Listen to the songs of local musician Pete Kehoe, scenic views & romantic ambiance, no extra charge. Tickets are $25 per person

TUESDAY, JUNE 9


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.

12:30pm Nature Tour with naturalist Trish Martin Trish writes the nature column for the Town Crier and knows so much about the flora and fauna of Mackinac Island, luckily she is willing to share her knowledge. Wear good walking shoes. Starts at Bogan Lane Inn, Free.

1pm 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.

2-4pm Pink Pony Beer Tasting Journey around Michigan through beer in 120 minutes at the famous Pink Pony. Prices vary, Chippewa Hotel

3-5pm Concert at the Park Local Musician Pete Kehoe performs at Marquette Park. Pete Kehoe is a singer/songwriter and composer for film & television. His music can be heard on many cable TV channels/shows, PBS documentaries, and has won several awards as a performer in northern Michigan in the last decade, as well as a Michigan Emmy for original documentary music. He is co-director of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop and owner of 231 Music.

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.

6:30pm Lion’s Club Bingo In 1917 Chicago businessman Melvin Jones suggested civic groups ban together to make better communities all over the world and to make the world a better place. Mackinac Island Community Hall (18 & over only).

9pm Jazz Night Spend an evening enjoying hot jazz in a cool setting with Grand Hotel musicians. Located at the Gate House.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10


9-11:30am The Mackinac Island Plein Air Painters Join the Mackinac Island Plein Air Painters to paint, draw or whatever you do art-wise on the shores of Lake Huron as they paint the Islands picturesque Lilacs. Meet at the Statue of Liberty across from Marquette Park. This is an informal meeting, no dues, no fee, no registration, no instruction—just show up with your own supplies and equipment and have a fun time painting with other artists at this location.

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.

1pm Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne Tour the straits of Mackinac on this repurposed Maine Lobster boat. Reservations suggested, $24 per person, call 231-436-5094.

1pm 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.

2-3pm Extreme Duct Tape Workshop All ages are invited to join Joel Tacey for this unqiue session! Enjoy ripping, cutting, sticking, and folding over 50 colorful DuctTape prints into amazing creations!

3pm 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.

3-5pm Beer Tasting at the Draught House Mackinac Island’s newest watering hole features 200 beers from around the globe on draught. Prices vary. Star Line Dock at Main Street.

8:30-10pm Sip N’ Sail Sunset Cruise Enjoy a memorable evening savoring the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac while sipping on your favorite beverage. Lively background music, scenic views & romantic ambiance, no extra charge. Tickets are $25 per person

THURSDAY, JUNE 11


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 28th Annual A Taste of Mackinac Mackinac Island’s most anticipated culinary event. Located at the Harbour View Inn, $20. Please check back for ticket locations. 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 (for those 21 & over with proper ID) and delicious coffee and tea from our local Starbucks.

Live music by Michelle Chenard. 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. She can be found playing top venues and summer festivals all over the Mitten and midwest, and is co-director of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop.

2-4pm Pink Pony Beer Tasting Journey around Michigan through beer in 120 minutes at the famous Pink Pony. Prices vary, Chippewa Hotel

3pm Learning About Lilac 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.

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.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12


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.

12-2pm Art’s Little Luxuries Acclaimed local watercolor artist Mary Lou Peters will be painting and displaying her works at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island at Lilac Tree Mall.

1-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort. Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor along with Michigan Craft Beers. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

1pm Harbor Cruise on the Ugly Anne Tour the straits of Mackinac on this repurposed Maine Lobster boat. Reservations suggested, $24 per person, call 231-436-5094

3pm 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.

3pmLearning 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.

5pm Feast of Epona Blessing of the Animals Join us as we bless the horses, dogs, turtles and more at this auspicious event. Presented by the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Club. Little Barn at Mission Hill.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 13


9-10am Rise N’ Shine Cruise Start your day with a serene, relaxing sail on Lake Huron. Your trip includes your choice of coffee or juice and a muffin or pastry. Relax & enjoy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary (additional fee). Tickets are $15 per person and available at ArnoldLine.com

10:30am 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.

11am-12pm Bloody Mary Cruise You pick the ingredients to create the perfect bloody mary while taking in the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac. Mimosas, juice, beer, wine and more! Tickets are $15 per person.

12pm 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.

1-3pm Artist Signing Local Michigan Plein Air Painter, Jerry Tallman will be signing his artwork and answering questions at Island Breeze, located on Main Street near the Horse Corral Mall.

1-5pm Michigan Beer and Wine Tasting, Bistro on the Greens at Mission Point Resort. Featuring wines from Black Star Farms, Good Harbor along with Michigan Craft Beers. The nominal fee includes a souvenir glass.

1pm Epona & Barkus Parade This zany parade is a blast …so come join in or watch the parade of canines dressed to the hilt…. starts on the boardwalk from the school to Windermere Point. Presented by the Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Club.

2pm Coffee Tasting with Keweenaw Coffee Works Sample delicious Michigan- made coffee and meet the makers at Little Luxeries, located neat Lilac Tree Suites and Spa on Main Street.

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
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SUNDAY, JUNE 14


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.

11am-12pm Bloody Mary Cruise You pick the ingredients to create the perfect bloody mary while taking in the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac. Mimosas, juice, beer, wine and more! Tickets are$15 per person.

12pm Patrick Sinclair Scottish Tattoo Head to the ramparts of Fort Mackinac as we honor the memory of Fort Commander and Scotsman Patrick Sinclair. Listen to the stirring pipe tunes that over centuries have given courage and inspiration on battle fields in every corner of the globe. Marquette Park

3pm Scottville Clown Band The Scottville Clown Band’s roots date back to the start of the 1900’s when a musical group of merchants began to dress as hillbillies while entertaining at local carnivals. Marquette Park, presented by Doud’s Market, Michigan’s oldest family run grocery store.

4pm Lilac Festival Grand Parade presented by Coca Cola Considered a Local Legacy Event by the United States Library of Congress, this festival finale is led by the family of Don Andress, Carl Andress & Jamie Andress-Islanders and direct descendants of Chief Mackinac along with Don and Darold Keith, descendants of Chief Pontiac and Chief Okemos.

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. To order tickets by phone please call 906-847.3783

6-8pm Great Turtle Voyage Experience the natural beauty of Mackinac Island from the water. Enjoy the spectacular panorama of the Island with your camera, favorite beverage and live entertainment by Pete Kehoe from the decks of the classic 81′ Isle Royale Queen III. Other sights include Round Island lighthouse, Mackinac Bridge, the side of Mackinac Island you’ve never cruised by before, Michigan’s great peninsulas and more! Tickets are $30 per person





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