Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Since The Red Cabin Studio is located in beautiful northern Michigan, I thought I should sneak in a little brag blog about our beautiful state once in awhile. So today, I’ll start with my series of “Michigan Mondays” and let you know a little bit about the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival .

By Marisa DeMeglio from NYC, USAFlickr, CC BY 2.0,

Lilacs happen to be my favorite flower, and Mackinac Island is in no short supply! Walking the streets when the lilacs are in bloom will be a “party for your senses”.

This year’s festival is June 3 – 12th, and is the 68th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival!   There is no charge for the event, but you will need to take a ferry from St. Ignace or Mackinaw City to get to the island. Round trip tickets for adults run between $18.00 and $24.00, and for children you can expect to pay between $9.00 and $14.00. You can take your bikes to the island, but there is an extra charge to transport them. Be sure to check online for multi-day, group, and other specials.

For more ferry schedules and pricing look  here, here, and here.Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

If you’ve been to Mackinac Island, you know what a fantastic place it is. Walking off the ferry onto the island is like taking a step back in time. Cars are not allowed, and horse-drawn carriages or bikes are the main way to see the island. Of course you can walk, but I can tell you from experience, you better have comfortable shoes if you plan to really experience what the island has to offer.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
Coming soon to my Etsy store.

For us creative types, there is so much to take in! So you might want to…

  • Use your best camera to capture the sights.
  • Create a sketch of lilacs in all their wonderful hues.
  • Or just take a walk and enjoy the Lilacs, and the relaxed pace of days gone by.

Of course, there are lots of scheduled events too, which you can find here.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Daily walking tours at 3 p.m., and several at 7 p.m. Cost for 2 hour tour is $28 per person. Visit for reservations.

Daily walking tour with Lilac expert. Check for times.

Saturday, June 4th, 1 – 3 p.m: Artist signing at the Island Breeze. Local Michigan Artist will be signing her artwork.

Sunday, June 5th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m: Join the artists who submitted work for the 2016 festival poster. Enjoy light snacks and beverages. Event is free and takes place at the Stone Church.

Monday, June 6th, 10 a.m – 12 p.m: Outdoor photography with Steven Blair. Bring your camera for this 2 hour class. Meet outside the Mackinac Island Tourism Building. Cost is only $15.

Tuesday, June 7th:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m: Hiking photography with Steven Blair. Hike up the East Bluff with your camera and learn more about this side of the island. Cost is $35.
  •  1 – 3 p.m: Artist signing at the Island Breeze. Local Michigan artist will be signing her work and answering questions.
  • 5 – 7 p.m: Outdoor photography with Steven Blair. Meet outside the Mackinac Island Tourism Building. Cost is $15.

Friday, June 10th, 12 – 2 p.m: Local watercolor artist, Mary Lou Peters will be painting and displaying her work at Little Luxuries. ( This place is ADORABLE)

Saturday, June 11th, 1 – 3 p.m: Artist Signing at Island Breeze. Local Michigan Karen Alley Williams will be signing her artwork and answering questions.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Of course, the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is not the only time to visit Mackinac. There is tons to do and see any time, so if you can’t make it during the festival, plan to get there another time. You will be glad you did!

Keep drawing.


Mackinac Island

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