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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 9 – 18, 2017

Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today’s Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday.

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.

The 2017 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts on Friday, June 9, and goes through June 18.

The long list of festival events include:

Lilac Festival Queen Coronation
Saturday, June 10 • 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.

Lilac Festival Grand Parade – Sunday June 18, 2017 • 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.

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While you wait for the 2017 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.
 

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

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 - 3:52 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 MackinacIsland.org #MackinacIslandLilacFestival #MakeitMackinac ... See MoreSee Less

Mackinac Island #FollowTheBloom Lilac Update

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

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.

I'll see you at the lilac festival!!

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

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

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

What the weather look like this weekend?;)

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

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

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

Missing one of my favorite places!!

See you Saturday!!

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

Tony Peach

Lynda Popp Swanson

Christina Turpen

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

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