The Lilac Festival 2014

The Lilac Festival 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014 – Sunday, May 18, 2014

Red Admiral Butterfly and Lilacs

The Lilac Festival is open daily from 10:30AM – 8:30PM

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.

Ten days of free entertainment on our main stage including performances by national recording artists. Free children’s entertainment during the week and on the weekends! The Lilac Parade will bring dozens of marching bands, decorated floats, clowns, dancers and costumed characters.


Friday, May 09, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Paul Road School Band
  • 12:40pm Duke Jupiter
  • 4:00pm Noble Vibes
  • 5:30pm Fat City
  • 7:00pm Duke Jupiter

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Center Stage

  • 12:15pm Natalie B Band
  • 2:00pm Teagan and The Tweeds
  • 3:30pm Mitty and the Followers
  • 5:00pm Gas House Gorillas
  • 7:00pm The Skycoasters

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30 Amanda Lee Peers
  • 11:30am Dirty Bourban Blues Band
  • 12:30pm Driftwood
  • 2:30pm Adam Ezra Group
  • 4:00pm Blind Owl Band
  • 5:30pm Big Leg Emma
  • 7:00pm Rubblebucket

Monday, May 12, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30pm Spencerport Elementary School Band
  • 11:00am Pal-Mac Middle School Select Ensembles
  • 12:00pm Twelve Corners Middle School- Select Choir, Young Women’s Ensemble
  • 1:00pm Strings for Success
  • 4:00pm Roses & Revolutions
  • 5:30pm Maybird
  • 7:00pm Carbon Leaf

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Indian Landing Elementary School Singers
  • 11:00am Fred W. Hill- Hilltop Singers & Top Brass
  • 12:30pm James P B Duffy School 12
  • 1:30pm Spencerport High School Jazz Band
  • 4:00pm Brian Lindsay Band
  • 5:30pm MoChester
  • 7:00pm Classic Albums Live— Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am St. Joseph’s Elementary School Band
  • 11:30am Holly Elementary School Chorus & Concert Band
  • 12:30pm Rochester Career Mentoring Charter—The Majestiks
  • 1:30pm Frank Barbato
  • 4:00pm Mikaela Davis
  • 5:30pm The Infamous Stringdusters and Keller Williams

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Gates Chili Jazz Band & Original Singers
  • 11:30am Norstar Christian Academy Mixed & Select Choir
  • 12:15pm Norstar Christian Academy Concert Band
  • 1:00pm Our Lady Mercy School for Young Women High School Orchestra
  • 4:00pm The Buddhahood
  • 5:30pm Moho Collective
  • 7:00pm Rusted Root

Friday, May 16, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Rochester City School District “Blooming Arts”
  • 4:00pm Liam Enright
  • 5:30pm Wille Nile
  • 7:00pm Thunderbody

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Cammy Enaharo
  • 11:30am SoulCircus
  • 1:00pm Violet Mary
  • 2:30pm Mosaic Foundation
  • 4:00pm The Prickers
  • 5:30pm Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band
  • 7:00pm The Original Wailers

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Center Stage

  • 10:30am Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
  • 11:30am Flint Creek
  • 1:00pm My Plastic Sun
  • 2:30pm Shine
  • 4:00pm Joe Brucato & the Joyous Noise
  • 5:30 Deborah Magone
  • 7:00pm Eddie Money
Lilac and butterfly photograph

Red Admiral butterfly in my lilacs.

Special Events

TWCN Lilac Parade

  • Saturday, May 10, 10:30am

Art & Craft Show

One of a kind shopping featuring unique, fantastic and handmade creations of more than 120 artists, designers and craftspeople.

Art In Bloom

  • Saturday, May 10, 10:30am–6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 11, 10:30am–5:00pm

Art In The Park

  • Saturday, May 17, 10:30am–6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 18, 10:30am–5:00pm

Wine & Chocolate Tasting Hours

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • Wednesday, May 14
  • Thursday May 15

Two sessions each day: 1:00pm–4:00pm, 5:00pm–8:00pm

Seniors Day

  • Wednesday, May 14
  • Discounted food and beverage specials and the legendary sounds of Frank Sinatra with Frank Barbato

Lunchtime in the Park

  • Monday, May 12–Friday, May 16
  • Food, music & free parking through 3:00pm on weekdays!

Highland Hospital Lilac Run

  • Sunday, May 18
  • 8am 5K Family Fun Run
  • 9am Lilac 10K Race


From East & Thruway Exit 45:

  • Take Rt. 490 West, Exit Goodman St.
  • Turn left and proceed south on Goodman St.
  • Follow S. Goodman along side of Highland Park to our parking area

From South & Thruway Exit 46:

  • Take Rt. 390 North (airport)
  • Proceed to Exit 16. Turn right onto Rt. 15A to Elmwood Avenue
  • Turn Right onto Elmwood Avenue
  • Proceed to our parking area on the left.

From West & Thruway Exit 47:

  • Take Rt. 490 east
  • Exit at South Avenue
  • Proceed straight on South Avenue to Elmwood Avenue
  • Turn left onto Elmwood Ave. and proceed to our parking area on the left.