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 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 16; and 10:00am to 5:00pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PET PARADE, PET BLESSING & COSTUME CONTEST
Beginning at 10:30am 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 11:00am and loop throughout Kit Carson Park. The pet parade and costume contest are sponsored by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
VINTAGE CAR & TRUCK SHOWS
At 1:00pm 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 1:30pm – 5:00pm. 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. Live Entertainment will be provided by Lonesome Town from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
On Sunday afternoon, May 19, Taos Auto Enthusiasts car club will parade classic cars from the Taos County Administrative Complex to Kit Carson Park and then display their restored classic cars in the park from 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most Taoseño car. Live Entertainment will be provided by Big Swing Theory from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
The Vintage Truck & Vintage Car Shows are open to all. To participate, please arrive at the County Administrative/Judicial Complex parking lot by 1:00pm on Saturday, May 17th with your truck or 1:00pm 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 by the Taos Auto Enthusiasts.
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
Jimmy Stadler will provide live entertainment at the Kit Carson Park Bandstand on Friday evening May 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. From 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 17th Lonesome Town will play and Sunday, May 18th Big Swing Theory will perform from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
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. The carousel will operate at Kit Carson Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 17th & 18th.
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 2014 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.