Come and Watch Rochester Paint the City Purple! It’s Lilac Festival Time!


The 25th Annual Rochester Lilac Festival will welcome thousands to this exciting city in western New York.

A full line up of live entertainment. food offerings, family entertainment, arts and crafts and more are the headliners of this festival which attracts more than 125,000 visitors to Rochester.  This year more than 500 vendors will be on hand selling their wares, both edible and non-edible.  The event is held in Highland Park which is positively bursting with more than 1,200 huge lilac bushes , featuring more than 500 varieties.  The first 20 lilac bushes were planted here more than a century ago.


WHAT:  25th Annual Rochester Lilac Festival

WHERE:  Highland Park, Rochester

WHEN:  May 9-18, 2014



About "Big Chuck"

Hi folks, this is "Big Chuck" here. I love Upstate New York! I have written several books about the region, do a lot of public speaking around the state, am an award-winning radio broadcaster (since 1989), write a bi-monthly newspaper column and give walking tours of Cooperstown, N.Y. Yes, I do keep busy! I hope we can share some Upstate stories on this blog! If you would like to take a look at my series of Upstate New York books visit
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