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2023 Lilac Festival – June 14th Events

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June 14, 2023 at 8:00 am 11:00 pm

This year marks the 75th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival! It is the largest and most historic festival on Mackinac Island. It’s 10 days celebrating the lilacs and their uniqueness and history to Mackinac Island. Join us for the Lilac Queen coronation, official poster reveal, 10K Run/Walk, lilac walking tours, lilac planting seminars, bounce houses, Michigan Cornhole tournament, live music, the Grand Parade, and more!

Daily Events

Times Vary: FREE Family Fun Playground at Windermere Point. Bounce houses on weekends. 15-foot customized coloring mural for the entire event.

Times Vary: Kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling excursions with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Visit their website for pricing and schedule.

Times Vary: Morning, Historic, and Sunset cruises with Sip N’ Sail cruises. Visit their website for pricing and schedule.

9:00 am – 8:00 pm: Collection of all the Lilac Festival posters on display at the Center for the Arts at the Mission Point Theatre lobby. Free

9:00 am – 8:00 pm: The Top 20 posters from this year’s Lilac Festival Poster Contest on display at the Center for the Arts at the Mission Point Theatre lobby. Free

10:00 am – 8:00 pm: View local artists, Nicki Griffith and Pat Pulte, new works in the Murray Hotel Lower Gallery

Evenings: Downtown entertainment. Listen to live music and local musicians downtown Mackinac Island.

June 14th Events

9:00 am: Free Lilac Festival flag giveaway at Flagship. While supplies last.

9:30 am – 11:30 am: Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tour. Free, 15 minute guided tour.

10:00 am: Lilac Walking Tour with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Meet outside of the Post Office. Free event.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Smart Gardener program for everyone and planting activity for kids at Windermere Point. Come and go, free event.

1:00 pm: Special Tour at Fort Mackinac following the cannon firing. Included with admission to Fort Mackinac.

3:00 pm: Lilac Planting Seminar with Lilac Docent, Anne Borowicz. Ste. Anne Catholic Church grounds. Free event.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Meet Michigan watercolor artist, 37 Prime at Little Luxuries

7:00 pm: Artist-in-Residence Program. Station 256 Conference Room above the State Park Visitor Center. Free event.