Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

June 7-16, 2019

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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


Friday, June 7


11am-6pm FREE Family Playground, with bounce houses and more! Windermere Point
10am-5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Adult Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
11am & 2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Fort Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
4-7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point

Saturday, June 8


9am–6pm FREE Family Playground, with bounce houses and more, Windermere Point
9:30am 10K Run & Walk, 11:00 am Lil’ Lilac Kids Race, begins at Windermere Point
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
1pm Walking Tour with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Fort Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting Seminar, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windemere Point
4:15pm Music by Grand Hotel Trio, for Queen’s Coronation
4:30pm Coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen/Unveiling of the Lilac Festival Poster
6-8pm Dancing on the Dock, with West Michigan BootScooters
6:30pm Cannon Firing, Fort Mackinac


Sunday, June 9


9am–6pm FREE Family Playground, with bounce houses and more, Windermere Point
10am-8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
1pm Walking Tour, with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting with lilac expert Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point

Monday, June 10


10am Grand Hotel History Lecture with Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel. Admission is $10.00
10am Walking Tour, with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am-5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
1pm Walking Tour, with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting, with lilac expert Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point
7pm Lilac Festival Street Hockey Game, Windermere Point

Tuesday, June 11


10am Walking Tour with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6.00, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
12:30pm Nature Tour with Trish Martin, starts at Bogan Lane Inn
1pm Lilac Planting, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75.
4–7pm Fly Kites with Ben, of Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point
6pm Walking Tour with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
6:30pm Lion’s Club Bingo (age 18 and older), Mackinac Island Community Hall

Wednesday, June 12


9:30–11:30am Governor’s Summer Residence Tour
10am Walking Tour, with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point

Thursday<, June 13


10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel
9:30am Walking Tour, with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am-8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
11:30am–1:30pm Taste of Mackinac, Mackinac Island Community Center. Tickets may be purchased online only. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75.
3pm Lilac Planting, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point
6pm Walking Tour, with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth

Friday, June 14


9am–6pm FREE Family Playground, with bounce houses and more, Windermere Point
10am Walking Tour, with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
1pm Walking Tour, with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4-7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point
5pm Feast of Epona, “Blessing of the Animals” Trish Martin, Little Barn, Trescott Avenue

Saturday, June 15


9am–6pm FREE Family Playground, with bounce houses and more, Windermere Point
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
11am Dog & Pony Parade, Mackinac Island School to Windermere Point
11:30am–2pm Face painting, clowns, and lots of fun! Windermere Point
1pm Walking Tour, with lilac expert Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Lilac Planting, with Jan Young, Ste. Anne’s Church Yard
4–7pm Fly Kites with Great Turtle Toys, Windermere Point
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Sunday, June 16


8:30am Walking Tour, with lilac expert, Jeff Young, meet at the Tourism Booth
10am–5:30pm Mackinac Art Museum, Lilac Themed Projects in Kids Art Studio. Admission: $6, $4.50 for children
10am–8pm Local Artist Show, Murray Hotel, artists Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works
11am Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
2pm Glen Erin Pipe Band, Marquette Park
2:30pm Special Tour, Fort Mackinac. Admission: $13.50, children: $7.75
3pm Scottville Clown Band, Marquette Park
4pm Grand Parade, with Fort Cannon to start Parade
5:30pm Parade Winners and Raffle Party. Parade Winners. First Place is $5,000, Second Place is: $3,000, Third Place is $2,000. Drawing is at 6:30pm. Raffle tickets are: $100.


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