The Festival

The month-long 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 activities for the entire family, as well as the gardener and the lilac enthusiast. The Festival showcases many rare and beautiful varieties of lilac to surprise and delight.  With early, mid and late blooming varieties that show their colours over a thirty to forty day period on view you are certain to catch lilacs in bloom along our Millennium Lilac Trail any day during the Festival.

In 2017 the Festival was winner of a Canada 150 Garden Experience Award.  Enjoy some snaps from our Photo Album, bring your camera and consider entering our Photo Show, and be sure to Follow Us on Facebook to keep up with all our news!


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Art in the Park

On Victoria Day Weekend, Sat, May 19 10am – 5pm • Sun, May 20 10am – 4pm, Warkworth proudly presents the Eighth Annual Warkworth Art in the Park Juried Art Show & Sale!  Don’t miss this great chance to spend a pleasant day in Warkworth browsing some beautiful art and crafts!  For more information visit their website at

Millennium Lilac Trail

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

Guided Tours

New in 2018, join us for a Bird Watching Walk on May 26.   And we also offer Guided Tours of the 300 plantings along the Trail.

Jazz in the Lilac Room

This year we are excited to present Laura Fernandez for an evening of Latin Jazz!  Singer, songwriter, pianist & visual artist Laura Fernandez draws you into her world with lyrical melodies, intimate stories and emotionally captivating songs.


Photo Show

Visit the Photo Show website to register for the 2018 Contest!  Easy digital registrations and submittals.  No printing or framing necessary.  This year over $1,000.00 of prizes!

Lavender Lilac by Linda Cardona

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.

Festival Market

During the Festival Weekend be sure to explore the Market on the Millenium Trail showcasing local artists and artisans!  Interested in being a Vendor? Please Contact Us!

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

Every year we organize 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.

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Lilac Sales

Oh no!  We are SOLD OUT!   A big thank you to our many visitors!  We enjoyed meeting you during Festival Weekend, and hope you will come back to see us next year.  And for 2018 we recommend you select your specific lilac colours and varieties early to avoid disappointment.  Our catalogue of 2018 lilacs will appear next March, so mark it on your calendar. Contact Mary at for pre-orders.


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.

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