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The following ground rules apply to the Festival Site within Highland Park.

    • No pets allowed. Please leave your pet at home. Pets will be turned away.
    • Bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are not allowed.
    • Patrons can bring a small chair, umbrellas, or blankets.
    • With the exception of one sealed bottle of water, visitors may not bring food or beverages into the festival grounds.
    • Bandanas are not allowed.
    • To enhance your festival-going experience, the Rochester Lilac Festival has implemented a parental escort program, the details of which are as follows:
      • Through the hours of the Festival (10:30 am – 8:30 pm) each day:
        • Persons the age of sixteen and under are not permitted unless escorted by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult.
        • All underage persons must always remain within the company of their escort.
        • Each escort may supervise up to five youths.
        • All persons appearing to be less than 17 years of age should be prepared to show valid identification which includes a photograph and date of birth.
        • Valid forms of identification include: Driver’s license, non-driver ID card, college ID, Passport, Visa.
        • This policy is at the discretion of the on-site security team.

Thank you for your help in ensuring the festival is a comfortable and enjoyable place for all visitors.

Click here to download the map and be sure to pick up the official festival guide on site.


Please be aware of the changes to traffic patterns due to the Highland Park Traffic Control Plan. Follow the directions below to get to the festival effectively.



Be kind to the neighborhood and your pocketbook and obey the parking rules. Vehicles parked illegally on the side streets surrounding the Lilac Festival and Highland Park will be ticketed and/or towed.


Enter before 3:00pm and Park Free on Friday, May 10th (Opening Day)

Enter before 3:00pm and Park Free on Weekdays, Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th

All Other Times: $5.00 per car


Close-in parking is available every day at three locations. If using web based driving directions or GPS, please enter one of the following Public Parking Lot coordinates in your destination field.

Lot 1 | Adjacent to 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Enter from Elmwood Avenue

Lot 2 | Adjacent to 1440 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Enter from South Avenue

Lot 3 | Located at 485 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Enter on Goodman Street, between Highland and Elmwood Avenues


Motor coaches and other group tour vehicles must stop at the bus and motor coach check-in booth at the corner of Highland and South Avenues before discharging their passengers. Bus Drivers will be directed to a drop off point close to the purple cross walk. Once passengers have been discharged, vehicles will be directed to free parking


People with disabilities who have a wheelchair hang tag should use Public Parking Lot 2 and enter from South Avenue. The GPS address is 1440 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Please be aware, changes to traffic patterns during the Lilac Festival may affect your route.


Park free at Monroe Community College, 1000 E Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Shuttle Service to and from the Festival site operates continuously from 10:30am through 9:00pm each Saturday and Sunday with pick up and drop off at the purple crosswalk on Highland Avenue near the entrance to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Adult round trip shuttle cost is $2.00, children six and under ride free. Handicapped accessible busses are available. For any questions, call Greg at Visit Rochester 585.784.0302.


On Lilac Parade day, Saturday, May 11, 2019, shuttle service will operate continuously from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm.


Changes apply from May 7 – May 19, 2019

Traffic Pattern Changes

  • Highland Avenue is one-way Eastbound from Goodman Street to South Avenue
  • Pinetum Drive, One way Westbound, from South Goodman Street to Doctors Drive
  • Reservoir Avenue, One way Westbound, from Pinetum Drive/ Doctors Drive to Mt. Hope Avenue
  • Doctors Drive Closed to Through Traffic
  • Robinson Drive, One Way Eastbound, from Mt. Hope Avenue to South Avenue

Road Closures

The following roads will be Closed (Local Traffic Only)

  • Meadowbrook Road between Elmwood Avenue and Highland Avenue
  • Azalea Road between Elmwood Avenue and Highland Avenue
  • Laney Road between Elmwood Avenue and Highland Avenue
  • Gregory Hill Road between Meigs Street and South Goodman Street
  • Furman Crescent between Highland Avenue and Mt Hope Avenue
  • Pavilion Street between South Avenue to West Dead End
  • Linden Street between Mt Hope Avenue to South Avenue



Whether visiting Rochester for any of our special events or taking a stay-cation, be sure to book early to get the best rate and availability.

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Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

199 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, NY 14450, United States

Front Desk: (585) 381-4000 Toll Free: (800) 365-3065

Step out of the city and into an exclusive resort with glorious views from every room. Exceptional décor designed to immerse you in luxury and comfort with luxe linens and sumptuous bedding. We offer packages for all of our suites and offer 236 deluxe guest rooms including 12 excitingly new and distinctive luxury suites.

Don’t forget to take time to relax in Spa Elan and or take a step out on our 9-Hole Golf Course.

To book your LILAC DISCOUNT RATE, please click and enter code: ROCFEST

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Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites

1000 Genesee Street Rochester, New York 14611 United States

Front Desk: (585)-527-9110

Staybridge Suites Rochester hotel is located along the Genesee River across from University of Rochester two miles from Highland Park and the Lilac Festival. All suites hotel with full kitchen in each guest room plus complimentary full breakfast buffet, evening Socials Monday through Wednesday, indoor pool and spa, outdoor living area with fire pit. Book now for a discounted event rate (some restrictions apply).

For more information check out our website and book at a discounted rate:

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Country Inn & Suites (Pittsford)

2835 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford NY 14618

United States

Front Desk: (585) 784-8400

Enjoy the luxury of fully renovated rooms with new carpets and furniture located in the heart of the lively Pittsford-Brighton shopping district.  Each guest room includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet, access to the fitness center, free Hi-Speed Wifi, In-room snack bar, fire pit, business center, and Bluetooth in-room radio system.  Consistently rated in the Top-10 hotels in Rochester!  Walking distance to restaurants, bars, Starbucks, and more! To book your LILAC DISCOUNT RATE, please click and enter code: ROCHEV

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Strathallan, a Doubletree by Hilton

Strathallan, a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton

550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Front Desk: (585) 461-5010

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa – a DoubleTree by Hilton is Rochester, NY’s premier urban resort, situated in the heart of the cultural and historical districts. The Strathallan features oversized guest rooms, some with balconies overlooking the beautiful neighborhood. An updated fitness center and indoor pool are perfect for that daily workout. For a day of total relaxation, visit the onsite spa and salon, Ape + Canary on Strathallan. Wherever your day takes you, cap it off with an exquisite dining experience at Char Steak & Lounge or Hattie’s Rooftop Lounge. To book your LILAC DISCOUNT RATE, please click and enter code: EVT

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Whether you’re a local or from out of town, the Rochester Lilac Festival has it ALL! Acres of landscaped gardens and the largest collection of lilacs in the USA are the showstoppers of Highland Park. But what makes it worth the visit are the craft beer and wine tastings, national music acts, kids activities, hundreds of food choices, award-winning art and craft show, Bloody Mary Expo, parade, vendors, and a Lilac 5K/10K & Donut Dash!

Rochester Lilac Festival


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While admission to the festival is free, the following opportunities provide an upgraded experience:

  • Add reserved seating for the Lilac Parade on Saturday, May 11, 2019 (FREE but you must reserve in advance, large groups only) Seating begins at 8:00am. Groups must arrive no later than 9:00am.
  • Add a visit to the Lamberton Conservatory ($3 per person, $2 per person Seniors 62+)
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