Buffalo April 29, 2019
The Lilac Festival Near Buffalo That’s Unlike Any Other
Spring has sprung in Western New York, and we’re hoping these April showers will lead to some lovely May flowers! Of course, we love the
Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival that takes place on the first weekend of May, but it’s certainly not the only celebration of beautiful blooms that you’ll find in our area – in fact, the second and third weekends in May will bring an equally epic floral event that’s totally worth the hour-long drive to get there. Check it out:
The Rochester Lilac Festival will take over the always lovely Highland Park - and the sights and smells will sweep you off your feet.
The Lilac Festival is the largest of its kind in North America and will take place over the course of 10 days. Nearly half a million people from all over the state travel to Rochester to see the beautiful blooms during this free festival - and you’ll definitely want to be among them.
The Rochester Lilac Festival is family-friendly and welcomes all ages. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the 150-acre park as it turned into a lilac-filled wonderland that’s perfect for a spring stroll.
Over the course of the 10-day festival, you can expect to see far more than just flowers here.
The walkways and areas of the park will be lined with local vendors, giving you a look at all the wonderful things that Rochester has to offer.
The festival is also known for drawing in delicious food vendors and food trucks from all over the region, so you’ll have plenty of snacks and treats to choose from.
There will also be all sorts of other events and activities, including live music playing every day!
The floral fun begins on May 10th and will continue through May 19th. The festival free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
On Saturday, May 11th, stop by to see the fun parade through the surrounding streets to kick things off.
Also on the first Saturday, the Wine Tasting Expo is sure to delight adult visitors. You’ll have a chance to enjoy tastings of local wine, spirits, and ciders while you're in the park.
The following weekend, beer lovers will be delighted by the Craft Beer Expo, which will take place on Saturday, May 18th. On Sunday, May 19th, Bloody Mary lovers will have their dreams come true at the Bloody Mary Expo!
With so much to see and do at this stunning festival, now's the time to pick which weekend you'll make the drive out to Rochester for.
To learn out more about the Rochester Lilac Festival and to see the full 10-day line-up of events, visit the Lilac Festival’s website
Have you ever attended the Rochester Lilac Festival? Will you be there this year? Let us know in the comments below!