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Four Great Reasons to Make a Reservation Right Now for the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

A profusion of fragrant and colorful lilacs will be in full bloom when Mackinac Island celebrates its 70th annual Lilac Festival June 8-17. Thousands of visitors come to the island to celebrate with us, and here are four reasons why you should join them: First, there’s outstanding live music – concerts galore will be performed at many venues, both indoor and outdoor. Second, some of the most fun (and funniest) activities occur during the festival, such as the Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival 10K, the festival’s Grand Parade, and more.

Third, fabulous food and drink - from “A Taste of Mackinac” to additional food and wine selections available here, you’ll sample and savor some of the best. Oh, and there’s fudge – lots of chocolaty goodness you can save for dessert, or eat it all now! Finally, there’s the island and the flowers themselves. Long after lilacs have ceased to bloom throughout most of the country, they are at their most beautiful here. Take a horse-drawn ride through the area, or explore many of the island’s nature trails to see the lilacs, and our other native flora, at their best. Hope to see you in June!