Lilac Fest kicks off with flowers, food, music and more

Lilac Fest kicks off with flowers, food, music and more


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By Spectrum News Staff

SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: It’s opening day for the region’s largest free festival of its kind. Rochester’s 10-day Lilac Fest is ready to show of flowers, food and live music. It’s the 120th Anniversary of the Rochester Lilac Festival, and as per tradition, it grows every year. Spectrum News reporter Wendy Mills has more from Highland Park.

And don’t forget to tune in to Spectrum News Saturday morning. Our live coverage of the Lilac Parade will begin around 11 a.m. Cristina Domingues and Scott Patterson will bring you the sights and sounds, featuring more than 2,500 people from marching bands to dancers. Something you don’t want to miss!

Also, check out our guide for the Lilac Fest’s top free concerts. With more than 80 performances slated to take the stage, we help you navigate the lineup. Friday’s performances include the John Lewis Band (4 p.m.), The Sisters of Murphy (5:30 p.m.) & The Devil Makes Three (7 p.m).Mickey Thomas, singer for the classic-rock band Starship, performs at the American Music Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Lancaster, Pa.

And of course, there’s a lot more than music. This year’s event features a craft beer expo, wine tastings, a 5K, a parade, and so much more. Check out list of the top 10 things to do at the 2018 Lilac Festival.


2018 Rochester Lilac Festival concert schedule:

Friday, May 11: The Devil Makes Three

Saturday, May 12: Al Copley Band with Greg Piccolo & Doug Jam of the Original Roomful of Blues

Saturday, May 12: Quinn Sullivan

Sunday, May 13: Zac Brown Tribute Band

Monday, May 14: The Record Company

Tuesday, May 15: Third World (reggae band known for “Now That We Found Love” and “96 Degrees in the Shade”)

Wednesday, May 16: Starship feat. Mickey Thomas (Thomas was one of the lead singers for Jefferson Starship and Starship)

Thursday, May 17: Uprooted feat. Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root hits include “Send Me On My Way”)

Friday, May 18: Smooth Hound Smith

Friday, May 18: The Wood Brothers

Saturday, May 19: Mingo Fishtrap

Sunday, May 20: Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews Band tribute band)

Sunday, May 20: Driftwood

“The Rochester Lilac Festival is known for bringing talented performers to Rochester right before, and in some cases right as, they’re stepping into the big-leagues,” Festival Producer Jeff Springut said in a press release. “Visitors come from all over the country to see their favorite bands and discover new ones here because you just can’t beat a free performance with great friends, excellent food, and a picturesque spring backdrop.”