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. The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival kicks off Friday, June 5, and runs through Sunday, June 14, where it will be concluded with the Lilac Festival Grand Parade.
Considered a Local Legacy Event by the United States Library of Congress, this festival finale is led by the family of Don Andress, Carl Andress & Jamie Andress-Islanders and direct descendants of Chief Mackinac along with Don and Darold Keith, descendants of Chief Pontiac and Chief Okemos.
For more information on the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, including a complete schedule of events and times, please visit the Mackinac Island Festival website.◂ Return to Events Calendar