Taos Lilac Festival

Kit Carson Park, Town of Taos
May 20-22, 2020
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

A family friendly community event celebrating the heritage of lilacs.
Festival goers can meet and mingle with more than 40 talented artisans and crafts people as they display work ranging from ceramics, fiber, wood, leather and metalwork to jewelry and art pieces in Kit Carson Park. The Grand Festival Weekend will include a pet parade and costume contest, live entertainment, children’s carousel, bluegrass music nightly, food and crafts vendors and many family friendly activities.

In Spring, purple lilacs bloom all over the Taos valley, usually nestled up against an adobe gate or border. Their sweet fragrance wafting out on the breeze is a sure sign we’ll all be living outside again after a long winter.

Lilacs are said to have arrived in Santa Fe from France, lovingly transplanted by the famous Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy who arrived in 1851. Lamy’s struggles with Taos’ own Padre Antonio Jose Martinez meant that he did not visit this far flung and unruly parish so it seems unlikely that the Bishop’s lilacs made their way to Taos in those early days.

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