Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

2020 ‘Destination Spokane’

A Message from our President

2020 Lilac Festival Update

It is with deep sadness that we announce the Spokane Lilac Festival for 2020, “Destination Spokane,” has been canceled.  This was not a decision taken lightly.  After many discussions and meetings with our local and state officials, it is clear that it is not feasible to hold the Festival in a safe manner, nor the type of Festival our wonderful community deserves and has come to expect.  This is only the second time in our 82-year Festival history that the Parade or any of our events have not been able to take place; the first 1943-1945 during WWII.  

Although we are very disappointed with the outcome of our 2020 Festival, we look forward with anticipation to the Spring of 2021 when we can resume our commitment to Honor our Military, Empower Our Youth and Showcase Our Region.  Thank you to all of those who have supported this mission, including the Volunteers, Sponsors, our Lilac Directors and most importantly, our amazing Lilac City.

Dan VerHeul
2020 ‘Destination Spokane’ Lilac Festival President

Proud Signature Sponsor of The 82nd Spokane Lilac Festival

Dan Ver Heul

2020 President

On behalf of the Spokane Lilac Festival Association,

It is our honor to welcome you to our website. We hope you will find the information you are seeking that will answer your questions and familiarize you with our 82 year-old community service organization.

The 2020 theme is ‘Destination Spokane’. You will notice in our logo design, that this is a throwback to a time when life for many was much simpler.   It was my intent to have us think back to a time when families would pack up the car and the trailer and head for the woods on the Spokane River. Family is a very important part of my life and hopefully yours too. Some of our greatest times together as a family were, and are still today, sitting around the campfire. Back in those earlier year’s, folks traveled to Spokane to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and spend time hiking, fishing and playing in our many lakes and rivers. Since that time, we have grown to become many families as we share what Spokane has to offer. The most obvious today is the Lilac Family.

‘Destination Spokane’ is a way to remember the past and bring us to the present. Today we have many people visiting Spokane for more than just camping. We have Mt. Spokane with its skiing, Riverfront Park, Bowl and Pitcher, golf, conventions, Broadway shows and multiple Colleges, just to name a few. We are honored to have Fairchild Air Force Base as a destination for many of our Air Force families, and because of the many opportunities in our community they have chosen to make Spokane a part of their family.   When camping, families share nature together with other families. Many times they invite other families to join around the camp fire and tell stories, some true and some exaggerated a little, but all in good humor and fellowship. It is my desire that we as the Lilac family will relax a little, tell a good story, no exaggerating, and open our hearts and arms to invite others to come and enjoy all the great things that Spokane has to offer. Whether traveling through or planning to stay. We are Destination Spokane.

Our mission statement is “Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, and Showcasing Our Region.”  I am honored to be the Lilac President for 2020.

We would love to get to know why Spokane is your Destination.  We invite you to join our Lilac Family either as a Volunteer, Director, Partner or as a Parade Participant!

~Dan