The Festival

A thirty day celebration of the lilac showcasing many rare lilac varieties. The Festival is held in Warkworth, a unique rural and sophisticated town just 90 minutes east of Toronto – 30 minutes south east of Peterborough – 50 minutes west of Kingston. Opening festivities take place during the last weekend of May and are packed with events and activities for the entire family, as well as the gardener and the lilac enthusiast. Varieties of lilacs are early, mid and late blooming over a thirty to forty day period. With more than eighty varieties on view you are certain to catch lilacs in bloom along our Millennium Lilac Trail any day during our “THIRTY DAYS OF LILACS” event.  And be sure to Follow Us on Facebook to keep up with all our news!


Millennium Lilac Trail

During the Warkworth Lilac Festival, the Millennium Lilac Trail is a showcase for beautiful varieties of lilacs.  

Guided Tours

For an up close and personal tour of the 300 plantings along the trail, consider a Guided Tour, accommodating small and larger groups as well as folk with limited mobility.

Jazz in the Lilac Room

John Alcorn, Canadian Jazz artist, will perform in the Lilac Room on Saturday, may 27 at 8:00 pm at the Warkworth Centre for the Performing Arts!


Lilac Luncheon

A fundraising fashion luncheon held in June. Meet Canadian designers and fashion celebrities, and enjoy an elegant luncheon in a beautiful garden setting.

Millennium Lilac Trail

Wander the Millennium Lilac Trail and enjoy an array of lilac varieties.  Enter from Main Street in Warkworth, or from Highway 29 East.

Main Street Warkworth

Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the variety of shops offering everything from gourmet foods to vintage antiques and the latest fashions.

Kids on Main Street

Kids Events

For 2017 we are organizing kids events on Main Street and the Lilac Trail during the opening weekend.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan a visit during the Opening Weekend in Warkworth.

Lilac Sales

What better way to celebrate our 150th than by including a Miss Canada Lilac in your garden.  Bright red buds change to a vibrant pink, offering a spicy fragrance. A late bloomer that repeat blooms, this lilac brings a lovely buttery leaf in the fall. Perfect for hedges and easy to maintain as a semi-dwarf. Happy birthday, Canada!   We have a variety of other gorgeous lilacs for sale too!  For more information, click here.  Contact us to order for pickup in Warkworth!


There are discoveries around every corner in Northumberland County. Plan a fine lunch at one of our many cafes, enjoy the festivities on Main Street, and then wander the Millennium Lilac Trail admiring the lilacs in bloom. Bring your camera! Plan a pleasant drive through our rolling hills to the Village of Warkworth using our handy map tool.


Now is your chance to reserve your spot on Main Street or at the Seasonal Market at the Gazebo during the Festival Opening Weekend!

Click this link to download the Main Street Vendor Contract application