Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

2021 ‘Destination Spokane’

83rd Annual Spokane Lilac Festival

Help Keep Our 83 Year-Old Tradition Alive!

Saturday, May 15th is Armed Forces day and what would’ve been our 83rd annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. Of course, we are sad that we aren’t able to celebrate the nations largest torchlight parade in the downtown streets of Spokane but we look forward to later this fall where we hope to team up with the City of Spokane and other organizations for a holiday parade, kicking off the season and celebrating our community. We are also starting to plan the 2022 Spokane Lilac Festival!
In a typical year, we hold many different fundraisers that help us “keep the lights on” and plan our amazing events and Torchlight Parade. One of those fundraisers is our annual telethon which we are unable to do this year. So we are “getting with the times” and trying our hand with a GoFundMe fundraising campaign.
We would love to continue our tradition for years to come and continue to be a part of yours and your family’s lives and traditions…so we need your help. We hope you will consider donating to our Festival so we can strive for our mission statement to “Honor Our Military, Empower Our Youth and Showcase Our Region.”
We can’t wait to see you in the streets of downtown Spokane again soon where we celebrate our beautiful Lilac City and the amazing people in it!  

2021 Armed Forces Appreciation Golf Tournament

Registration Now Open!

Friday, July 30th
Wandermere Golf Course
7:30am Shotgun Start

2021 Royal Court

2021 Save the Dates!

Location/Time & More Details to Come!

  • Friday, July 30thArmed Forces Appreciation Golf Tournament | Click Here For More Info & Registration
  • Tuesday, November 16th Lilac Legacy Art Show & Competition | More Details to Come!
  • Saturday, November 20th ‘Destination Spokane’ Holiday Parade | Downtown Spokane

Watch the 2021 Lilac Festival Virtual Concert!

Spokane Virtual #navyweek is in full swing! We are thrilled to present this year’s Lilac Festival Virtual Concert.

Navy Band Northwest will be joined by several special guests throughout the program including the Lilac Festival Royal Court, Ferris High School band members, and Spokane native Liam St. John. We hope you enjoy this year’s Lilac Festival Virtual Concert!

Proud Signature Sponsor of The 83rd Spokane Lilac Festival

Dan & Chris VerHeul

2020 & 2021 President & First Lady

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 83 year-old community service organization.

The 2021 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 & 2021.

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