Rochester Lilac Festival organizers announced nineteen headliners and special guests to perform free shows at the 121st annual event from May 10-19, 2019. With the Festival just 60 days away, Rochesterians can officially begin the countdown to the highly-anticipated festival season.

This year's Festival continues the tradition of bringing big-name national performers to entertain more than 500,000 annual visitors from across the State and beyond. Performances will take place on the Sahlen's Center Stage over the course of the 10-day free festival, the largest of its kind in the country. In total, there will be 70 group performances at this year's Festival.

"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," said Festival Producer Jeff Springut. "Visitors come from all over to see their favorites and to experience up-and-comers at the Festival because you just can't beat a free outdoor show surrounded by Rochester's treasured and fragrant lilac collection."

The Festival is bringing back VIP with the Recipe 21 VIP ULTRA LOUNGE. Tickets for this reserved area were first introduced last year, offering festival-goers an exclusive up-close-and-personal viewing experience from the traditional free general admission. Upgrades include front stage access, in-tent, and outdoor lounge area, full private cash bar (beer, wine & spirits), private air-conditioned restrooms, a commemorative lanyard, light refreshments, complimentary chair massage, one free drink, and food for purchase inside the tent.


In addition, the Festival is adding a new ticketed experience for those looking to amplify their fun in the sun - The Party Deck. This is another way for guests so enjoy the music, complete with a full tented bar and private restrooms.

A limited number of tickets are available per day for the Recipe 21 VIP ULTRA LOUNGE and The Party Deck.T ickets go on-sale March 7 at 10:00 a.m., with pre-sale available tomorrow, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. for Rochester Event Fan Club members. Become a member by signing up for the Rochester Events mailing list at and clicking "put me on the list".




May 10: Yonder Mountain String Band

May 11: Willie Nile

May 11: The New Mastersounds

May 12: Big Something

May 13: Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People

May 13: BB King Blues Band Featuring Michael Lee 

May 14: Julian Marley

May 15: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

May 15: Lee Rocker

May 16: Cory Wong From Vulfpek 

May 16: Maceo Parker

May 17: Classic Albums Live Led Zeppelin II

May 18: Zac Brown Tribute Band

May 19: Big Eyed Phish The Dave Matthews Tribute Band

May 19: The Lizards Phish Tribute

For more information about the 121st Rochester Lilac Festival Presented By Five Star Bank, please visit