TAOS LILAC FESTIVAL MAY 15 – 17, 2015
The Taos Lilac Festival is blossoming in Taos, New Mexico with a three-day free event celebrating the heritage of lilacs, May 15-17. The Grand Festival Weekend will include a pet parade and costume contest; live entertainment; children’s carousel; vintage car & truck shows; food and crafts vendor and many family friendly activities. Lilacs flourish abundantly in Taos and peak the last two weeks of May.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
For the duration of the festival in Kit Carson Park, festival-goers can purchase unique art from more than 40 talented artisans who work with a variety of medium including ceramics, fiber, wood, metal work, jewelry and crafts. The crafts fair is open from 1:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday, May 15; and 10:00am to 5:00pm on both Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Specialty food vendors and Lilac Festival merchandise will be available. Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos will show lilac lovers how to care for lilacs and sell the purple plants. The crafts fair is sponsored by and benefits the Community Against Violence (CAV). For information on participating in the Arts & Crafts Fair contact Annette & Jalmar Bowden at email@example.com.
PET PARADE, PET BLESSING & COSTUME CONTEST
Pet owners are invited to dress pets in costume for a pet costume contest and parade followed by a traditional Northern New Mexico Pet Blessing.
Please check back for the 2015 pet parade and pet blessing time and location.
VINTAGE CAR & TRUCK SHOWS
Classic cars and trucks are an integral part of Taos culture and not to be missed. Please check back for the time and location of the 2015 Taos Lilac Festival Car & Truck Show. The Car & Truck Show will feature live entertainment and the New Mexico Beer & Wine garden featuring New Mexican Wines, Brews & authentic New Mexican food.
Live entertainment at the Kit Carson Bandstand from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday afternoon, May 17th and Sunday afternoon, May 18th. Come and enjoy the music, the cars, the food and the arts and crafts fair!
ENTERTAINMENT AT KIT CARSON PARK BANDSTAND
The 2015 Lilac Festival will feature a variety of live entertainment daily at the Kit Carson Park Bandstand. The line up will feature rock, blues, traditional Hispanic and Country and Western music.
VINTAGE CAR & TRUCK SHOWS
The Taos Lions Club will offering free rides on their historic “Flying Jenny” carousel. Since 1939, the Lions Club has been operating their carousel at fiestas and festivals for the enjoyment of the children of Taos. The carousel will operate at Kit Carson Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th & 17th.
PLANT LILACS NOW!!
Taoseños, help us make future Lilac Festivals even bigger and better – plant lilacs. Any time that you can get a shovel in the ground, you can plant lilacs. The garden centers have lilacs in stock so get yours planted now. The sooner you plant them, the more time they have to grow buds that may bloom next year.
If you would like to be involved in the 2015 Lilac Festival or if you would like to donate to the Taos Lilac Festival fund, email John Hamilton at TaosJohn@me.com.
Click here to visit the Festival’s Facebook page.