Admire the beauty/aroma of lilacs, the annual festival returns to New York

Nothing screams or smells like spring like a lilac, the scent will once again waft through the air of upstate New York for 2022 for a festival.

Although the lilacs don’t last long, they will be on display in an upstate New York town for a few weeks. I guess you can say that’s Rochester’s way of making sure they get the most out of it. Another benefit of the 2022 version of this annual tradition for New York is that this year it brings a little more normalcy to our lives.

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Like every year, the Lilac Festival is full of things to do for you and your whole family.

  • Craft Beer Fair
  • Wine tasting
  • Work in the lilacs
  • Art exhibitions
  • 5k and 10k
  • live music
  • Parade of lilacs
  • garden contest
  • Garden displays
  • Food
  • Activities for children

With such a to-do list, you can spend plenty of time at the Lilac Festival for their 124th edition of the event.

This year, the event will take place over a few weekends. Throughout May, the event kicks off on May 6 and runs every weekend until May 22. Every day, the festival is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you want to head to Western New York for the event, set your GPS to Highland Park in Rochester.

Want to know why this is an event not to be missed? Oprah Winfrey called it the best lilac festival in all of the United States.

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