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Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – June 3 – 12, 2022

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is a 10-day celebration, June 3 through 12, 2022.

It’s the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. Festivities for the 74th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K Run/Walk, horse drawn carriage tours, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and much more.

More details to come! Be sure to check back with us!


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While you wait for the 2022 Lilac Festival, here’s a view of some of the early summer flowers adding their color and beauty to the month of June on Mackinac Island.

Lilacs in bloom on Mackinac Island – Click photos for slideshow view.





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Lilac Festival Run & Walk – June 4, 2022

Lilac 10K Run & Walk
Join us on Saturday, June 4, 2022, to kick off the 74th Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with a great morning race to enjoy the early season beauty on the Island. The course will provide you with the tree-covered paved roads through the center of the Island, and tremendous lake views with the Mackinac Bridge on the horizon. This is certainly a race you don’t want to miss!.

Lil’ Lilac Kid’s Race!

There will be a special event for young children starting at 11:15, at the school. Children will run on the lawn outside the school (either 150 or 300 yards, depending on age and ability), and receive a medal at the finish. Race registration fee is $10 and includes a shirt.

Race Start and Distance!


The Lilac Festival Run & Walk will start in front of Wyndamere Park on Main Street and finish in the Mackinac Island School yard. (The start is 5 Minutes from the school, so please allow enough time).

The Lil’ Lilac Kids Run will begin and end at the Mackinac Island Public School. Children will run either 150 or 300 yards on the lawn outside the school.

Starting Times

10K race start is 9:30 a.m.

Lil’ Lilac Kids Run start is 11:15 a.m.


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Grand Hotel – Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend – June 23 – 27, 2021

Please join Grand Hotel’s Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, and a celebrated winery for this special wine tasting and hotel package: the Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend at Grand Hotel.

The weekend will begin with a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner in the Main Dining Room. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast in the Main Dining Room followed by morning and early afternoon themed wine seminars.

Later that evening, enjoy a special private dinner followed by musical entertainment in the Terrace Room, or gather with friends in the Cupola Bar.

This package usually sells out, make your reservation soon!

Featured Winery:
This years featured winery for our Summer Wine Appreciation weekend is Jordan Winery. Jordan Winery has been family owned and operated since 1972. Based in Healdsburg California, their wines are European inspired, highlighting the fruit flavors in wine, they achieve elegance and balance in each bottle. Follow Jordan Winery on Facebook and Instagram for more exciting news!

Maggie Kruse, Winemaker for Jordan Winery
Maggie Kruse will be hosting this years Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend. She has been working with Jordan Winery since 2006, starting as an enologist and moving up to winemaker. Maggie now oversees all day to day management including inspecting barrels, blending, selecting bottles and corks, and much more! Read more about Maggie here.

Elizabeth Schweitzer, Master Sommelier at Grand Hotel
The eighth woman Sommelier in the world, Elizabeth enjoys sharing her vast knowledge every season with our guests during this special themed weekend. You can also find her in our Main Dining Room helping you choose the perfect wine during your meal every evening.
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Additionally, Grand Hotel’s Salle à Manger was recently awarded an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for the third consecutive year. It recognizes Grand Hotel’s well-chosen assortment of quality producers and list of choices that will satisfy discerning wine lovers

Arrive Wednesday, June 23 • Depart Sunday, June 27, 2021

Package Price:

  • Rates starting at $2,256.00 per couple; $2,106.00 single

Length or Stay Requirements and Pricing Details:

  • This package has a length of stay requirement of 4 nights.
  • Regular package rates apply the nights of June 25 and June 26.
  • You must include 2 nights outside of the regular package dates (listed above). Choose 2 nights from the following dates of June 23, 24, 27 and/or 28 for $329 per night for the first 2 adults. $149 per person for additional guests. Regular children rates apply. The additional nights include breakfast and dinner.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • All resort amenities
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception
  • Themed wine tastings
  • Special dinner event on Saturday evening (Saturday dinner is for adults only)
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

This wine tasting and hotel package is available online or by calling 1-800-334-7263.

*Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy. Regular children’s rates apply. Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and an $8.50 per person baggage-handling charge. Extra charges apply for additional adults or children over double occupancy. Dates subject to availability.


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