Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

2021 ‘Destination Spokane’

83rd Annual Spokane Lilac Festival

Introducing Queen Julia McIntyre

From Gonzaga Preparatory School

Due to the ongoing obstacles the pandemic has brought us, we are saddened that our traditional Festival in the Spring of 2021 will not be possible.  

However, we know how important our great Spokane traditions are to both our members and our community.  Traditions such as Bloomsday, Hoopfest, Pig Out in the Park and the Spokane Lilac Festival is what makes Spokane such an amazing place to live and visit!

We are currently working with city officials and downtown organizations to hopefully plan a ‘Holiday Parade’ to kick off the season and welcome back the community to downtown Spokane and celebrate our beautiful city and businesses on Saturday, November 20, 2021!

Specific details will be coming soon!  Please visit our website and social media accounts for more information as it develops.

We are extremely excited and committed to continuing our Festival’s traditions, even if in a temporarily revised form.  It is our hope that the Holiday Parade will be another opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate both our city, the holiday season and, most importantly, showing that we are a strong and proud community.

Thank you to all of those who have continued to support our Festival, including the Volunteers, Sponsors, our Lilac Directors and most importantly, our amazing Lilac City!

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