Lilac Festival 2019Begins countdown to spring

Rochester, N.Y. (March 5, 2019) – Today, 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.” 

2019 Rochester Lilac Festival Headliners

Yonder Mountain String Band – May 10

The New Mastersounds – May 11

Big Something – May 12


featuring MICHAEL LEE of NBC’s The VOICE– May 13

Julian Marley – May 14

Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats– May 15

Maceo Parker – May 16

Classic Albums Live I Led Zeppelin II – May 17

Zac Brown Tribute Band – May 18

The Lizards - Phish Tribute Band – May 19

Big Eyed Phish –

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band – May 19

Special Guest ARTHUR (PBS Kids, sponsored by WXXI) – May 13 & 14

Supporting Talent: The Rochester Lilac Festival is known for showcasing musical talent on their way to the top. This year’s line-up continues that tradition with exciting national artists currently out on tour.

Willie Nile – May 11

Kat Wright - May 12

Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People – May 13

Eli “Paperboy” Reed – May 15

Cory Wong from Vulfpeck – May 16

Alyssa Trahan – May 19

The Blind Owl Band – May 19

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, 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 tented full bar and private restrooms.

A limited number of tickets are available per day for the Recipe 21 VIP ULTRA LOUNGE and The Party Deck. Tickets 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”.

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About Rochester Lilac Festival

The Rochester Lilac Festival is presented by Five Star Bank and hosted by the County of Monroe, the City of Rochester and Visit Rochester.

Rochester Lilac Festival sponsors include:

Five Star Bank, Genesee Brewery, Labatt Blue Light, Pepsi, Recipe 21, Sahlen’s, United Business Systems, Delta, Meyers RV Superstores, Grand Atlas Property Management, Trader Joe’s, Casa Larga Vineyards, House of Guitars, Highland Hospital, Spurr Subaru, Medved Running and Walking Outfitters, Absolut Elyx Vodka, Go Mini’s, McCarthy’s Tents and Events, Red Jacket Orchards, Frontier Communications, Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, Country Inn and Suites Pittsford, Staybridge Suites Rochester University, Strathallan Hotel and Spa, WROC-TV Channel 8, iHeart Radio, Stephens Media Group, City Newspaper, Spectrum News and WXXI

Public Relations by Tipping Point Communications

Produced by Rochester Events / The Springut Group Inc.

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