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Area Activity Guide: 119th Rochester Lilac Festival

It’s that time again!

Are you ready for your backyard to become the hottest attraction in Western New York? Now is the perfect time to settle in amongst the blooms and practice the mindfulness you’ll need to navigate traffic over the next few weeks. If you’re new to the neighborhood, it’s high time you fill yourself in on all that’s about to take place in glorious, blooming Highland Park. The 119th Rochester Lilac Festival runs from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm daily Friday, May 12th, through Sunday, May 21, 2017.

What is the Lilac Festival?

The largest free festival of its kind in North America, spring in Upstate NY is welcomed with ten incredible days and nights of non-stop festivities. Peek around every corner and you’ll discover magnificent gardens, musical gems, exciting exhibits and exhilarating special events. Whether you’re a regular visitor or first-time Festival-goer, you’ll quickly discover that every day brings something new to experience at the world-famous Rochester Lilac Festival.

The Sights

The big draw, especially for out-of-town guests, is the natural wonder of the park with its lilacs, pansies, and azaleas.

Then there’s Art in the Park, a juried show that features the original work of 120 artists from around the country, with jewelry, clothing, ceramics, paintings, soaps, woodwork and much, much more.

The Sounds

Two concert stages feature more than 135 performances, including headline entertainment showcasing top artists in rock, reggae, dance music, R&B and lots more. This year’s lineup includes Jonny Lang, Turkuaz, and frequent headliner Rusted Root.

The Flavors

It wouldn’t be a festival without food! Dining options at the Lilac fest include local favorites like Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plate and Abbott’s Frozen Custard, along with an array of International delicacies and all your festival favorites.

The three-day Craft Beverage Expo includes multiple sessions highlighting local and regional wine, cider, and spirits or beer, cider and spirits. Designated drivers can attend with their friends for $10.