Organizers revealed the poster for the 120th annual Rochester Lilac Festival set to run from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 11-20 in Highland Park, 180 Reservoir Ave., Rochester.
This year’s poster was commissioned by local artist Katheryn Bevier, who drew on her personal experiences at the festival and the natural landscape of Highland Park.
“The annual Lilac Festival showcases our spectacular historic Highland Park, as well as incredible talent and family fun,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “This world-class event attracts thousands of visitors into the city, boosting tourism and creating more jobs and vibrant neighborhoods. This year we pay special recognition to our hometown heroes — veterans, active military, first responders and service men and women.”
The festival will start with a tribute to hometown veterans, active military and service members on May 11. Organizers will share messages of thanks to those who are serving or have served before revealing the USA Flag Garden.
Community members can make a donation to “plant” a flag and help spell out “USA.” The garden will be staffed with volunteers from Honor Flight, which will receive the donations.
Highland Park offers 22 acres of lilacs, the largest collection in North America. Among its 150 acres of gardens are various flowers, trees and plants like sweet magnolias, azaleas and pansies.
“The lilac buds hadn’t started to bloom when the recent ice storm hit, protecting them from freezing,” said Mark Quinn, superintendent of horticulture for Monroe County Parks. “Now that we’re looking forward to warmer temperatures, we can certainly expect flowering during the festival.”
Rochester Lilac Festival offers a series of free concerts, with more than 80 musical acts performing over 10 days. Local performances include Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, Sisters of Mercy, MoChester and Jumbo Shrimp.
Five Star Bank will give away $5,000 in cash. To enter, visit the bank’s booth near the traffic circle entrance.
Visit rochesterevents.com/lilac-festival for information.