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From: 2016.05.10 To: 2016.05.19
Lilac Festival started back in 1898, when, during one Sunday in May, 3,000 people gathered spontaneously in Highland Park, Rochester to see the lilacs and socialize. The Lilac Festival is nowadays the only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America. Enthused by the remarkable lilac collection consisting of over 500 varieties on more than 1,200 bushes planted in Highland Park, the Lilac Festival manages to draw over half a million visitors each year for a wide variety of great musical performances by some of the best national artists. Besides amazing music, you can enjoy numerous special events, such as Business Rocks Lilacs, Farmers Market, Medved Lilac 10K & 5K Family Run, and many others. Since the concerts are first-come, first-served, plan to get there early. However, even if you don’t make it on time, you can relish the purple fiesta commemorated by dozens of marching bands, decorated floats, dance performances, as well as clowns and costumed characters.