Bursting at the Seams – Photo by Norma Keith

The 2020 Festival

The Opening Festivities of the 10th Annual Warkworth Lilac Festival will be held on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 2020.   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.  Guided Tours are available by appointment. Contact us at WLFTours@gmail.com!

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!


Millennium Lilac Trail

Always open! Always free!  The Millennium Lilac Trail is a showcase for beautiful varieties of lilacs.  Come see the latest additions.  

Guided Tours

We offer Guided Tours of the 300 plantings along the Trail.  Contact us for more information.

Jazz in the Lilac Room

Hilario Durán
Luis Mario Ochoa 
a Spectacular Evening of Cuban Jazz!

May 23, 2020


2020 Photo Show

Join us for the 2020 Lilac Festival Photo Show! Visit our website at www.WLFPhotoShow.ca for the latest information  The Contest opens in March 2020.  

Floral Origami by Ann Hilborn

Lilac Luncheon

Join us for a Lilac Luncheon this year, and enjoy an elegant luncheon in a beautiful garden setting.

Lilac Sales

Our Lilac of the Year is the ‘Saugeana Chinese Lilac’.  This is a very fragrant lilac with showy magenta flowers that will attract humming birds and butterflies.  

Main Street Warkworth

Live music, contests and displays, wagon rides and of course lilacs! Spend a wonderful afternoon exploring our Main Street!

Kids on Main Street

Kids Events

Kids on Main! has lots of activity.  This year a Magician, crafts, lemonade and cookies, and a chance to learn how to paint lilacs!  

Market on the Millennium Lilac Trail

During the Festival Weekend be sure to enjoy the Market on the Millennium Trail showcasing local artists and artisans!

All along our beautiful 2.6K Millennium Lilac Trail from the Main Street to highway 29 and back you can explore our Festival Crafter’s Market.  The Festival Market along the Millennium Trail showcases the work of local artists, artisans, writers and craftsmen.  Don’t miss the magic!

Interested in being a Vendor? Please Contact Us!



“Village Laundry” by Michele Rose


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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