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Lilac Festival 2012 + Children's Entertainment Schedule
Lilac Festival

Season and/or holiday: 
Spring
The event has already taken a place at this date: 
Fri, 05/11/2012
Time: 
Hours vary by day. See links for details.
Ages: 
All Ages
Price: 
FREE
10-day free festival inspired by a magnificent lilac collection at Highland Park with over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes

It’s a community wide celebration! It’s an international springtime party! It's nearly time for Rochester’s annual Lilac Festival and everyone is invited to enjoy ten full days of entertainment and fun!

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.

What makes it so special other than the fragrant backdrop of the lilacs?

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! Special events such as our Business ROCs Lilacs on Tuesday, "As Seen On TV" on Wednesday, Wine & Farmer's Market on Thursday and Medved Lilac 10K & 5K Family Fun Run on Sunday, plus much more! The 2012 Lilac Parade will bring dozens of marching bands, decorated floats, clowns, dancers and costumed characters.

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Friday, May 11
OPENING CEREMONIES - Join us as local dignitaries "open" the Lilac Festival! The official celebration of spring and everything lilac. Hear what we have in store for the festival, celebrate as the vendors open, have lunch at the festival and greet the newly crowned festival queen. A true community event! 12:00pm at the Tops Lilac Stage

MUSIC
10:30am - Churchville 7&8 Grade Show Chior
12:00pm - Steel Rain
12:30pm - LeRoy Jazz Band
4:00pm - The LP's
5:30pm - Funky Blu Roots
7:00pm - Johnny Winter


Saturday, May 12
YNN LILAC PARADE - Parade kicks off at 10:30 am. The YNN Lilac Parade is the first parade of spring in the Rochester Area and will begin at South Avenue at Science Parkway, and travel down South Avenue to Highland Avenue ending at Goodman Street. High school Marching Bands, Police Pipe & Drum, local dignitaries and colorful floats are expected to participate again in this years parade. Parade watchers are encouraged to take advantage of the parking and shuttle bus service at MCC. Shuttle busses run from 8:30am-8:30pm on Parade Day. Click here for more parade information.

20th ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW- The Lilac Festival proudly announces two prestigious arts & crafts shows which are an annual tradition on each weekend of the festival. Both shows run 10:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday and feature approximately 150 juried artists showing in a beautiful outdoor park setting. Art Show booths are set-up along South Avenue near the corner of Highland Avenue. Both national and local artists are featured. Some of the arts and crafts on display at this year’s Lilac Festival are ceramics, pottery, handmade wooden art, metal sculptures, paintings, photography, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, furniture, lamps, mirrors, and more.

MUSIC
12:15pm - Holy Name Central School
1:45pm - Spanky Haschmann SO
3:30pm - Soul Mine
5:30pm - Rainline
7:00pm - Cowboy Mouth

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
1:00 - The Dinner Dogs
2:00 - Gary The Happy Pirate
3:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy & Magic
4:00 - The Dinner Dogs
5:00 - Gary The Happy Pirate


Sunday, May 13
20th ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW- The Lilac Festival proudly announces two prestigious arts & crafts shows which are an annual tradition on each weekend of the festival. Both shows run 10:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday and feature approximately 150 juried artists showing in a beautiful outdoor park setting. Art Show booths are set-up along South Avenue near the corner of Highland Avenue. Both national and local artists are featured. Some of the arts and crafts on display at this year’s Lilac Festival are ceramics, pottery, handmade wooden art, metal sculptures, paintings, photography, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, furniture, lamps, mirrors, and more.

MUSIC
11:30am - The Chairs
1:15pm - Me & The Boyz
3:00pm - Goodness
4:00pm - Mitty & The Followers
5:30pm - Chet Catallo
7:00pm - Red Baraat

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
1:00 - The Dinner Dogs
2:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy & Magic
3:00 - Mike Kornrich, Banjo & Guitar
4:00 - The Dinner Dogs
5:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy & Magic


Monday, May 14
MUSIC
10:30am - Palmyra MS Honors Band
11:00am - School # 19
12:00pm - School # 12
5:30pm - Mark Cassara
7:00pm - Steve Tyrell

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
12:30 & 6:00 pm - Tiger Tom


Tuesday, May 15
BUSINESS ROC'S LILAC - A high powered networking event for professionals held under the Big Top Tent, starting at 5:00 PM. Click here for more information.

MUSIC
10:30am - Gates Chilli MS Jazz Band
11:00am - GC MS Sos Vocals
11:30am - Holley High School
12:30pm - Spencerport 7th gr chorus
4:00pm - The Steakouts
5:30pm - Nevergreen
7:00pm - The Wailers

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
12:30 & 6:00 pm - Mike Kornrich, Banjo & Guitar


Wednesday, May 16
Channel 8/Fox TV - More information coming soon!

MUSIC
10:30am - St Josephs School Band
11:00am - Paul Rd Elem.
11:30am - School #46 Inter Choir
12:30pm - Gananda Bands & Chorus
2:30pm - Higher Standards
4:00pm - The Lonely Ones
5:30pm - Mel Henderson Trio
7:00pm - Melissa Manchester

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
12:30 & 6:00 pm - Tiger Tom


Thursday, May 17
Wine Tasting and Farmer's Market - Sip, sample and purchase wine from local wineries and taste farmers market snacks too! Participants who would like to sample wine must pay a $5.00 charge, which includes unlimited wine samples and a sampling glass. Join us under the big top tent on the corner of Highland and South Ave starting at 12:00pm. Click here for more information.

MUSIC
10:30am - Spencerport HS Jazz Band
11:30am - Greece Apollo MS Jazz Band
12:30pm - School #6 Choir & Percussion
4:00pm - Mochester
5:30pm - Travis Rocco
7:00pm - Lou Gramm

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
12:30 & 6:00 pm - Mike Kornrich, Banjo & Guitar


Friday, May 18
MUSIC
10:30am - Indian Landing Elem. Penfield
11:30am - Hill Top Singers
12:00pm - Top Brass
12:30pm - Arcadia HS Jazz Emsemble
1:00pm - Greece Olympia HS
4:00pm - The Chinchillas
5:30pm - Driftwood
7:00pm - Steel Magnolia

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
12:30 & 6:00 pm - Tiger Tom


Saturday, May 19
27th ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK SHOW- The Lilac Festival proudly announces two prestigious arts & crafts shows which are an annual tradition on each weekend of the festival. Both shows run 10:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday and feature approximately 150 juried artists showing in a beautiful outdoor park setting. Art Show booths are set-up along South Avenue near the corner of Highland Avenue. Both national and local artists are featured. Some of the arts and crafts on display at this year’s Lilac Festival are ceramics, pottery, handmade wooden art, metal sculptures, paintings, photography, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, furniture, lamps, mirrors, and more.

MUSIC
WBEE Country Music Day 7:00pm - The Farm

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
1:00 - The Dinner Dogs
2:00 - Gary The Happy Pirate
3:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy and Magic
4:00 - The Dinner Dogs
5:00 - Gary The Happy Pirate


Sunday, May 20
27th ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK SHOW- The Lilac Festival proudly announces two prestigious arts & crafts shows which are an annual tradition on each weekend of the festival. Both shows run 10:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday and feature approximately 150 juried artists showing in a beautiful outdoor park setting. Art Show booths are set-up along South Avenue near the corner of Highland Avenue. Both national and local artists are featured. Some of the arts and crafts on display at this year’s Lilac Festival are ceramics, pottery, handmade wooden art, metal sculptures, paintings, photography, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, furniture, lamps, mirrors, and more.

2012 Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run - Click here for more information!

MUSIC
11:30am - T.A.O.
1:00pm - Lake Effect
2:15pm - Aztec Two-Step
4:00pm - Driftwood Sailors
5:30pm - The Coupe DeVilles
7:00pm - Southside Johnny

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
1:00 - The Dinner Dogs
2:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy and Magic
3:00 - Mike Kornrich, Banjo and Guitar
4:00 - The Dinner Dogs
5:00 - Matt Episcopo, Comedy and Magic

 

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