Each May visitors travel from all over the world to visit Rochester’s Highland Park for the Annual Lilac Festival and to see the park’s 1,200 lilac bushes displaying 500 varieties of lilacs in a floral masterpiece of the deepest purples and purest whites.
The largest collection of lilacs in North America covers 22 acres of Highland Park’s 155 acres. The park designer, Frederick Law Olmstead, was also responsible for New York City's famous Central Park. The largest celebration of its kind in North America, the Lilac Festival brings visitors from every continent. This creates an exotic spectacle of languages, customs, costumes, colors and endless array of international foods including Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, German, Greek, Cajun, and Regional American and an extensive variety of musical entertainment.
This family-oriented event is the largest and longest-running festival in the Greater Rochester Metropolitan Area. It is one of the few remaining community events in the country with free admission and no charge for all but a handful of attractions. Festival entertainment and activities are located mostly in Highland Park and are designed to appeal to all interests. A wide variety of free entertainment takes place throughout the day and evening at stages located in Highland Park.
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