TAOS LILAC FESTIVAL MAY 16 – 18, 2014
The Taos Lilac Festival is blossoming in Taos, New Mexico with a three-day free event celebrating the heritage of lilacs, May 16–18. The Grand Festival Weekend will include a pet parade and costume contest; live music and dancing; children’s carousel; food and crafts vendors; a fashion show 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 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18. 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
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, pet owners are invited to dress pets in costume for a pet costume contest and parade which will assemble in Kit Carson Park. Please ensure that pets are leashed or safely caged.
The pet parade will start at 11 a.m. and loop throughout Kit Carson Park. The pet parade and costume contest are sponsored by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
VINTAGE CAR, TRUCK & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
At 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 18 a caravan of vintage trucks will make its way from the Taos County Administrative Complex up Paseo del Pueblo Sur to Kit Carson Park. These vintage trucks will be on static display in the Park for closer inspection from 1:00 – 5:00. Classic trucks are an integral part of Taos culture and not to be missed. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most Taoseño truck.
On Sunday afternoon, May 19 Taos Auto Enthusiasts car club will parade from the Taos County Administrative Complex to Kit Carson Park and then display their restored classic cars in the park from 1:00 – 5:00.
The Vintage Truck & Vintage Car Show is open to all. To participate, please arrive at the County Administrative/Judicial Complex parking lot by 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 17th with your truck or 12:30 on Sunday with your classic car. All trucks and cars will caravan to Kit Carson and park on static display around the bandstand area for judging. The Vintage Truck Show and Vintage Car Show is sponsored the Taos Car Enthusiasts.
Live entertainment will be performing at the Kit Carson Bandstand from 2 to 5 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
There will be live entertainment at the Kit Carson Park Bandstand on Friday evening May 16th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th. Performers will be announced at a later date. Last year’s entertainment included Billy Archuleta, Jimmy Stadler and Big Swing Theory.
TIO VIVO CAROUSEL
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.
PLANT LILACS NOW!!
Taoseños help us make future Lilac Festivals even bigger and better and plant lilacs. Any time that you can get a shovel in the ground, you can plant lilacs. The garden centers still 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 2014 Lilac Festival or if you would like to donate to the Taos Lilac Festival fund, email Thom Wheeler at Thom@ThomWheeler.
Click here to visit the Festival’s Facebook page.