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 over sixty five 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.


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.


Lilac Luncheon

A fundraising fashion luncheon held in June. Meet Canadian designers and fashion celebrities Jeanne Beker, Sonja Bata and Sandra Pittana to name a few.

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.

Charming Shops

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

Jazz at the Lilac Room

Heather Bambrick is our Jazz Performer for 2016!  Concert Details and ticket information to follow in March 2016.

Jubilee Lilac

Lilac Sales

View our many varieties of lilacs along the Millennium Lilac Trail and then purchase your favourites for your own home! We offer many different types, and always have a Lilac of the Month!

White Lilac Photo by Jennifer Gibson
WLF Photo Show

Photo Show

Enter the Festival Photo Show and Contest.  Registration opens in January, and can be completed online.  And check out our 2015 Gallery of Finalists.

Kids Events!

For 2016 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.

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