Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, Michigan

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, Michigan

Surrounded by Lake Huron and located in upper Michigan, United States, Mackinac Island evokes a bygone era. With its Gothic homes and sprawling Victorian-era mansions, visitors can step back in time and experience the architecture of yesteryear.


Every summer, this picturesque patch of land seduces flower lovers from across the Midwest with a 10-day celebration. The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is the largest event on the island and features horse-drawn carriage tours, wine tasting events and, of course, floral displays. The theme of this year's festival is Mackinac Island so expect displays that celebrate the island's rich history.


The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, which takes place from Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 17, is famous for its dog and pony show and elaborate parades. The centerpiece of the celebration, however, is the lilac collection—an extravagant display of lilac flowers that began in 1949. Visitors can smell the sweet scent of lilac petals from miles away.


The festival is free. However, the Taste of Mackinac event, which takes place on Thursday, June 14, and features culinary dishes from the island's finest restaurants, costs $22.50.


Getting to the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is a breeze. Guests can catch a ferry to the island from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. The nearest airport is Pellston Airport, 15 miles away. From here, guests can take a shuttle bus to the ferry docks.


Flower lovers can find out more about the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival on Instagram.


Address: 6860 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI