Rochester Lilac FestivalCraft Beer Expo, Lilac Run, Art in the Park, Concerts, and More

Rochester, N.Y. --

CRAFT BEER EXPO: Craft Beer Expo Saturday, May 19. Come taste the hottest, coolest new beers in the region as they launch their spring seasonals. Guests will also have access to food pairings and tasty treats from Trader Joes, Gods Country Creamery, Swillburgers and more. Participating vendors are from across the northeast with more than 35 breweries. 

JAM OUT: Rochester Lilac Festival has a wide variety of free concerts, with more than 80 musical acts during the ten-day Festival. Visitors are sure to find something the whole family can enjoy.

  • Mingo Fishtrap – May 19
  • Driftwood – May 20
  • Big Eyed Phish – May 20

RUN FOR CHARITY…AND DONUTS: More than 3,000 runners from across the region take to Highland Park every spring for the annual Lilac Run on Sunday, May 20, a tradition that has endured for 40 years. The Dunkin Donut Dash, a half mile sprint down Highland Ave. to eat donuts and then back to the start, is perfect for the kiddos and families. A portion of all race proceeds benefits Willow Domestic Violence Center. This also comes paired with a live DJ, pancakes, mimosas and Bellini’s (available for purchase after 12:00 p.m.).

BUY LOCAL: Art in the Park at the Rochester Lilac Festival features handmade creations from more than 160 regional artists, makers, designers and craftspeople. Each weekend you'll discover unique ceramics, painting, photography, drawings, graphics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and mixed media along with specialty packaged foods and body care products. Art in the Park is both weekends, Saturdays May 12 & 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays May 13 & 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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