2018 Rochester Lilac Festival

Highland Park  · 

WELCOME TO OUR 120TH EDITION

May 11 – 20, 2018 • 10:30am – 8:30pm Daily

Highland Park, Rochester, NY

The largest free festival of its kind in North America, spring in Upstate NY is welcomed with ten incredible days and nights of non-stop festivities. Peek around every corner and you’ll discover magnificent gardens, musical gems, exciting exhibits and exhilarating special events.

Whether you’re a regular visitor or first time Festival-goer, you’ll quickly discover that every day brings something new to experience at the world famous Rochester Lilac Festival.



Sessions 12:00pm – 4:00pm 4:30pm – 8:30pm

CRAFT BEER EXPO

The 5th Annual Craft Beer Expo is an escalation of the traditional tasting event and designed for those who crave to try the newest breweries and specialty release selections. This event has something for everyone featuring beer, cider and crafted spirit tastings. Join us to meet the creators behind your favorite artisan beverages.

Go VIP and taste exclusive special releases for an extra hour before the crowd!

21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink ResponsiblyNo Children | Tickets good for one session only


    • Sample some of the best regional Micro-Breweries, Craft Ciders & Spirits
    • Meet the brewers behind the creation
    • Variety of local food vendors preparing dishes that pair with beer for purchase
    • People’s Choice Awards

Sessions12:00pm – 4:00pm4:30pm – 8:30pm

WINE TASTING EXPO

The Wine Tasting Expo at the Rochester Lilac Festival is an escalation of the traditional tasting event and designed for those who crave regional, artisanal, and specialty release selections. This event has something for everyone featuring wine, cider and crafted spirit tastings. Join us to meet the creators behind your favorite wine.

Go VIP and receive an extra hour of tasting and specialty selections before the crowds!

21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink ResponsiblyNo Children | Tickets good for one session only


    • Sample a variety of Wines, Craft Ciders & Spirits
    • Take home your favorite wine. Yes you can buy wine!
    • Wine Valet – Purchases made during your visit can be held for convenient pick-up as you exit the session
    • Cheese, desserts & small bites available for sample and purchase
    • People’s Choice Awards

Presented By

Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser4:00pm-6:00pm

Showtime at 6:00pm* a portion of proceeds to benefit Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Orny Adams Comedy Show Presented By Comedy @ The Carlson

Orny Adams delivers a powerful, incisive stand up routine that vacillates between the relevant and the absurd. Orny attacks what’s wrong with the world and sometimes even what’s wrong with Orny. He’s brutally honest, satirical and his performance is ceaselessly energetic.

Orny has had one hour stand up specials on Netflix, Comedy Central and his third special “More Than Loud” is airing now on Showtime.

Orny has appeared all over television, most notably on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show.

And you might also recognize him as Coach from the TV show Teen Wolf which ran for six seasons.

ENTERTAINMENT




LILAC PARADE

SATURDAY MAY 12, 2018

10:30am

More than 2,500 participants, including 20 marching bands, dancers, costumed characters, and the popular Damascus mini cars are what makes parade day one of the most special times at the Rochester Lilac Festival.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

If you would like to be considered for participation in the 2018 Lilac Parade, download the application by clicking on the link above.

If you are a brand name or retail business, please click here to find out more about our sponsor opportunities.

PARADE DAY PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE

Weekend Shuttle Service begins at 8:30am on Lilac Parade Day. MoreParking is available at the three Lilac Festival Parking Lots. More

PARADE VIEWING

  • The Lilac Parade begins on South Avenue at Science Parkway, then travels north on South Avenue to Highland Avenue where it turns south past the lilac gardens before ending at the corner of Highland Avenue and Goodman Street.
  • For those unable to attend, the Lilac Parade is televised live on Spectrum News. Please check your local listings for the channel in your area.
  • Bleacher seating is located next to the grand stand on Highland Avenue.
  • Reserved Seating is available for large groups. More

SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

5K STARTS AT 8:00AM10K STARTS AT 9:15AM

DUNKIN’ DONUTS® DASH STARTS AT 11:00AM

SIGN UP FOR 5K OR 10K

12 MUNCHKINS®. 1 MILE. 

DUNKIN' DONUTS® DASH SIGN UP

April 21, 2018 is the last date to choose your shirt size. After this date, sizes are first come, first served while supplies last.

ESTABLISHED 1979

Regardless of your skill level, this race will restore your faith in Mother Nature and re-invigorate your workouts for the summer season ahead. The famous lilac gardens of Highland Park, also the backdrop for the event’s after party, mark the beginning and end of the races. With the aroma of 1500 lilacs filling the air, runners start out heading east on Highland Avenue, move through the rolling hills of the park and then turn south through the residential town of Brighton before returning back through the park.

ENTRY FEE

NEW THIS YEAR – VIP Experience Add-on

VIP Add-on includes:

  • Private Tent with refreshments & Bag Drop
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Pancake Breakfast

This is an add-on to your race fee for $39.

A portion of these proceeds to benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Back again for 2018 in front of the Sahlen’s Center Stage:

Live music, bagels, Red Jacket Orchard juices, Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee & snacks

Pancake breakfast, beer, mimosas & bellinis will be available for purchase

WILL RECIEVE A PORTION OF PROCEEDS

Can’t make the race? You can still donate to Willow Domestic Violence Center.

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USATF Certified course

PACKET PICK UP

Friday, May 18, 10am – 9pmSaturday, May 19, 10am – 5pmMedved Running & Walking Outfitters, 3400 Monroe Avenue, 14618Race Day Sunday, May 20 from 7amLocated at the Big Top Tent across the Center Stage

TRAINING

Whether you are a seasoned runner or a first-timer, let us guide the way. From fitting you to the perfect running shoe to helping you achieve your personal best, Medved Running & Walking Outfitters has the expertise in all areas of the sport. To learn more about specific training programs, please call Andrea Meyer at

585-248-3420 or email her at andrea@medvedrunwalk.com

SPECIAL THANKS

Race Director: Medved Running & Walking Outfitters

Visit Medved Running & Walking Outfitters for stats and past performance records.

2017 RESULTS

10K Awards

Total Prize Money for this year’s race is to be distributed as follows:

  • 1st place:  $1,000
  • 2nd place:  $500
  • 3rd place:  $275
  • Masters (M/F 40+):  $125
  • Age Group Awards:  will be given to the top 10% in each age group

The 10K Award Ceremony will be held at approximately 10:30 am at the Sahlen’s Center Stage

The Lilac Run is the USATF Niagara 10km Championship

The Lilac Run 10k is part of the 2018 USATF Niagara Runner of the Year Series.

5K Awards

  • $100 for the overall Male and Female Winner
  • Awards for the top three runners in each age group (five year intervals)
  • 5K awards will be given out at the conclusion of the 10K award ceremony.  Any awards not picked up at the award ceremony will be taken to Medved and can be picked up there.

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