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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 8 – 17, 2018

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is a 10-day celebration, June 8 through 17, 2018. 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 10K • Run/Walk

Saturday, June 9• 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.

Lilac Festival Queen Coronation

Saturday, June 9 • 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 14• 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, 2018, 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. (Location will move to Mackinac Island Community Building on Market Street if weather conditions dictate. Updates will be sent on our Facebook and Instagram pages.)

Lilac Festival Grand Parade

Sunday, June 17 • 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.


Visit Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Website >>>>


While you wait for the 2018 Lilac Festival, here’s a view of some of the early summer flowers adding their color and beauty to the month of June on Mackinac Island.

Lilacs in bloom on Mackinac Island – Click photos for slideshow view.


Lilac Bloom Updates From Barnwell Landscaping – 5/31/2016

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Your #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update brought to you by Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services- A Mackinac Island Based Company and Mackinac Island Tourism. For a full schedule of events for the 2016 Lilac Festival, June 3-12, visit #MackinacIslandLilacFestival #MakeitMackinac ... See MoreSee Less

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What the weather look like this weekend?;)

Wonderful lilacs,great job Jack.Michelle Valade Woodham and Diane O'Neal Cook

I love that he has dirty fingers! A true gardener!

How long do the blooms last? Will they still be fragrant on the 12th?

Grand parade is Sunday, June 12th. At 4pm.

Tony Peach

I'll see you at the lilac festival!!

We were there this past weekend celebrating our 39th Anniversary and the Lilacs were not quite blooming but we had one of the Best Anniversaries ever spent on the Island, the weather was totally beautiful. Thank you all as this was my first visit and will not be the last. Next visit is with the entire family.

Missing one of my favorite places!!

Very nice - but it's illegal to pick lilacs, so I don't know how Jack Barnwell got away with that!

Lynda Popp Swanson

Christina Turpen

See you Saturday!!

I haven't been there since I was real little 😢 This summer I would love to take my daughter there.

Will be on the Island this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ❣❣

My wife & I --- will be there Sun. June 12th. --- staying at the Grand Hotel , first time ... Can't wait

Been there several times one of my favorite places to visit.


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