Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, Saturday, May 16, 2020

Proud Signature Sponsor of The 81st Spokane Lilac Festival

2020 ‘Desination Spokane’

Welcome to the 82nd year of the Spokane Lilac Festival!

We hope you will join us all year long at one or our many events leading up to our 2020 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 16th!

2020 Royal Tea Party Early Bird Special!

Need a great gift for that little princess or prince on your list? How about tickets to our annual Royal Tea Party in the Spring? Click on one of the tea times below to purchase tickets at the Early Bird Price! Sale ends Christmas Eve at 11:59pm!

2020 Royal Tea Party
Sunday, April 26, 2020

2020 Parade Participant Applications Now Open!

Click below for more information on our 2020 Parade Participant requirements and application link!
Submission Deadline – March 15, 2020


2020 Event Highlights

2020 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Saturday, May 16, 2020


Downtown Spokane

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Spokane Lilac Festival Queen & Court Coronation

Sunday, March 22, 2020

3 pm

West Valley High School

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Royal Tea Parties

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10am and 2pm

Historic Davenport Hotel

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Spokane Lilac Festival Gala

Friday, May 15, 2020

5:30 pm

Historic Davenport Hotel

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. Throughout the year, we will take part and host many celebrations, culminating with the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the nation on the third Saturday in May.

We would love to get to know why Spokane is your Destination.  We invite you to join our Lilac Family either as a volunteer, as a parade participant!