Stop And Smell The Lilacs! Annual Festival May 19-21

The annual Taos Lilac Festival runs Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21. Courtesy Photo


In its fifth year, the one-of-a-kind Taos Lilac Festival at Kit Carson Park (211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte) promises to be a fun and exciting event for the entire family. Held in mid to late May each year, the festival showcases the peak of Taos’ abundant lilac blooms and celebrates both Taos’ rich history of lilacs and the natural beauty of Taos with a wide array of family-friendly activities. This year’s festival is Friday, May 19, and extends to Sunday, May 21.

In conjunction with the Festival’s mission to promote the beautification of Taos, planting lilacs and promoting proper care of them is one of the focal points of this lively and visual weekend. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to learn about caring for lilacs and receive gardening advice from Los Jardineros Garden Club, as the festival is intended to focus on the landscape beautification and natural beauty of Taos. The Lilac Festival Garden Center will have a large selection of live lilac bushes for sale.

Events during the three-day festival include a pet parade, pet costume contest, pet blessing, entertainment, a taco cook-off, an arts and craft fair, the Tio Vivo carousel, as well as the opportunity to enjoy food vendors with New Mexican Cuisine and the New Mexico Beer and Wine Garden featuring New Mexico crafted beers and wines. There will be live musical performances in Kit Carson Park throughout the afternoon each day, featuring folk and bluegrass. For a full entertainment and activity schedule, visit

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