News Release: 3/8/2018
The Taos Lilac Festival is a community event held each year during the two weeks between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day to celebrate the arrival of blooming lilacs throughout the Taos area. The grand festival weekend is the weekend before Memorial Day. The Festival will be held May 18-20 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Kit Carson Park. This year, activities planned for the Grand Festival Weekend include: New Mexico Food, Beer & Wine Garden, Kids Corner, Arts and Crafts Fair, Pet Parade, Tio Vivo Carousel and Live Music all in Kit Carson Park. An exciting addition to the Festival this year is the Open Air Expo featuring a wide variety of Home, Garden and Outdoor products and services. A self-guided walking tour map of the Taos historic district is available for touring the area, viewing and enjoying the aroma of blooming lilacs.
The New Mexico Beer & Wine Garden features beers, wines and foods from New Mexico. There will also be the Taos Taco Cook Off benefiting the Taos High School Culinary program. Los Jardineros Garden club will host a large tent and outdoor display featuring lilac products and information. Fifteen different varieties of live lilacs will be available for purchase.
The Lilac Festival draws visitors to Taos from the surrounding states to participate in the annual Taos Lilac Festival. With the assistance of the New Mexico Tourism Department, the Town of Taos and Taos County, the event is marketed to communities throughout New Mexico and surrounding states. The Taos Lilac Festival is a New Mexico True event.
The non-profit Taos County Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in producing this year’s Taos Lilac Festival with assistance from Taos Lilac Festival, Inc. To find out how to get involved call 575-751-8800 or go to www.taoschamber.com. The festival is a true community effort with volunteers, sponsors, the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, Taos Lilac Festival, Los Jardineros Garden Club and other non-profit organizations working together to put on the festival. In turn, the festival benefits local non-profits including the Taos Lions Club, Stray Hearts and The Great Chefs of Taos which benefits the Taos High Culinary Program.
The Taos Lilac Festival is quickly turning into a major northern New Mexico annual event! Come join the fun! To find out more go to: www.taoschamber.com