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2013LF_banner_insideThe day has arrived — the Rochester Lilac Festival kicks off today! Join us at NOON today for the opening ceremony and wear purple as we plan to break the record for the largest crowd wearing purple! Come smell the flowers … and fab food at lunchtime.

Rochester Lilac Festival

Friday, May 10, 2013 – Sunday, May 19, 2013 (10 Days)

10:30am-8:30pm Daily | Admission is Free

Highland Park, Rochester, NY | Directions

Venue Information

Monroe County’s famous Highland Park is a picturesque setting filled with gardens, rolling hills, large open spaces and so much more. More Info

Click Here to Download the Full 10-Day Event Schedule and Lilac Festival Map

Be A Part Of History!  Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm

News crews will be on hand to record the event! We want the whole world to know we have a “Passion For Purple” in Rochester, NY!!

It’s an Opening Day celebration like no other! Wear your purple and join us at Center Stage! Together we’ll set the record for the biggest crowd of people wearing purple ever assembled!  Park FREE at any of the three Public Lots until 3pm.  More Parking Info

 Live Music & Children’s Entertainment All Day, Every day!

View the Full Schedule including Concert Lineup and Children’s Entertainment Stageschedule More Info

Download The Mobile App

Get the Lilac Festival Souvenir Cam and full festival schedule on your phone! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes and upgrades throughout the Lilac Festival More Info

It’s Easier Than Ever To Visit The Festival!

Now with three designated Public Parking Lots offering close-in access, free parking weekdays through 3:00pm More Info

Special Events at the Festival

  • YNN Lilac Parade Saturday, May 11, 2013 More Info
  • One-Of-A-Kind Shopping Art & Craft Weekends feature over 120 artists and craftsmen selected through a juried process. More Info
  • Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run Sunday, May 19, 2013 More Info
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tuesday, May 14th; Wednesday, May 15th; and Thursday, May 16th More Info
  • Craft Beer Garden Serving All Festival Hours More Info

Seniors Day is Wednesday, May 15th

Save all day with special Seniors discounts on food and beverage at the Big Top Foot Tent and throughout the festival! Enjoy a special afternoon concert performance with the Smugtown Stompers at 1:30pm at Center Stage.

Lilac Festival Ground Rules

This is family and environmentally friendly festival!

Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets are not allowed. With the exception of one sealed bottle of water, visitors may not bring food or beverages into the festival grounds. For the safety of all guests, there is a “no chairs” policy. Umbrellas and blankets are welcome.  Minors should be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed without a Springut Group Inc. issued press pass.

Purchasing Lilac Trees and Bushes

Lilac trees and bushes will be available for purchase during the Festival. To take yours home, look for the tent outside the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.  For more information, you may call the Lamberton Conservatory directly at 585-753-7270


Reach. Influence. Sell.

We’ll show you how!

The only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America, more than 500,000 visitors from across the region and around the globe attend the annual Lilac Festival. Lovingly referred to by locals as “the Lilac Fest”, this year welcomes the 105th edition of this diverse and remarkable celebration of Spring.

This Festival Has It All!

Both 10×10 and large scale exhibitor space is a available along the Festival pathways.

In addition, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities exist across a broad spectrum of initiatives including the televised Lilac Parade, the Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run, the Weekend Arts & Crafts Shows and – of course – at the the ever popular Lilac Fest Main Stage.

New for 2013, exhibitors and sponsors will want to know more about the Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Weekend Shuttle Service, the reinvented Kids Zone, and the two new Demonstration Stages.

Participation in the Lilac Festival starts with an application. Please select your area of interest below, follow the instructions and get started on the way to participation in the region’s most popular festival of the year!

Apply to Participate in the Rochester Lilac Festival as a Sponsor or Exhibitor

If you are a brand name or retail business, media outlet, not-for-profit entity or other type of business that would like to sample, sell and directly influence the more than 500,000 visitors of the annual Rochester Lilac Festival, please click here to email us.

Apply to Participate in the Wine & Chocolate Tasting

If you are a winery, chocolatier or cheesemaker and would like to be part of the Wine & Chocolate Tastingbeing held on Tuesday, May 14th; Wednesday, May 15th; and Thursday, May 16th under the Big Top Tent at the 2013 Rochester Lilac Festival, please click here to email us.

Apply to Participate in the Lilac Festival Weekend Arts & Crafts Show

The application deadline has been extended through April 15, 2013 for the Weekend Arts & Crafts Show. A juried Arts & Crafts Show, only those who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate in the Lilac Festival Arts and Crafts Show. If you are an artist, craftsperson or specialty vendor who would like to be considered for participation, please download and return the Applying Artist Application or the Applying Exhibitor Application. You may apply to exhibit for one or both weekends of the Lilac Festival. NO BUY/SELL is permitted.

Apply to Participate as an Entertainer or Musician on the 2013 Lilac Festival Main Stage

We are busy planning an amazing schedule of music and entertainment for this year’s Rochester Lilac Festival.  If you’d like to be considered for the Lilac Festival Main Stage, please download and return the Applying Entertainment Application Click Here to Download the Application

It’s a community wide celebration! It’s an international springtime party! It’s nearly time for Rochester’s annual Lilac Festival and everyone is invited to enjoy ten full days of entertainment and fun from May 13-22, 2011!

The only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America it is inspired by a magnificent lilac collection at Highland Park that plays host to over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes. What was first planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar has turned into the world’s largest lilac collection that even Martha Stewart has enjoyed when she visited the festival in 2007. This event is perfect for all ages and was even voted as a top 100 event by the American Bus Association for 2010.

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