Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region

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

Our Executive Committee and Directors are currently discussing our available options while closely monitoring the situation and working with city officials.  We will be updating the public on our decision for all our events via our website, social media and the press in the next week.  We appreciate our community’s patience as we work through this.

A Message from our President

The Spokane Lilac Festival has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Queen & Court Coronation scheduled for this Sunday, March 22nd.  Due to updated guidelines on group gatherings and events, it became increasingly evident that we would not be able to provide a Coronation that our 7 amazing Court members deserve and our Community has come to expect over the years.   At this time a new date has not been scheduled as we will continue to assess the situation and guidelines set forth by government officials.

Thank you to our Community organizations and city leaders for working with us this week to try and keep Coronation as scheduled.  For your tireless work, we are forever grateful.

Most importantly, we want to thank our 7 wonderful Court members; Hannah, Morgan, Kinsey, Klaire, Kylie, Madeline and Katelyn for their strength, leadership and grace not only through the several weeks of Royal training but through these ever-changing times.  We will continue to spotlight these accomplished young leaders in every way we possibly can. The Lilac City should be proud.

The Spokane Lilac Festival will continue to plan for our events at the end of April and into May as we monitor the situation and stay up to date on advice from our state and local officials.  We will communicate any changes to our events if and when those decisions are made via our website and social media.  Thank you to our Community for their continued support of our 82 year-old organization.

Daniel VerHeul
2020 Destination Spokane
Lilac Festival Association President

Proud Signature Sponsor of The 82nd Spokane Lilac Festival

2020 ‘Destination 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 Event Highlights

2020 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Saturday, May 16, 2020


Downtown Spokane

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Royal Tea Parties

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10am and 2pm

Historic Davenport Hotel

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Lilac Legacy Art Show

Monday, May 11, 2020

6:00 pm

Paint & Pints

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Queens Luncheon

Friday, May 15, 2020

11:30 am

Historic Davenport Hotel

2020 Event Highlights

2020 Spokane Lilac Festival Gala

Friday, May 15, 2020

5:30 pm

Historic Davenport Hotel

Due to COVID-19 outbreak guidance, recommendations and school closures County wide, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Third Annual, “Lilac City’s Got Talent” show on Wednesday, April 29th. Part of our Mission Statement is to ‘Empower Our Youth.” The cancellation of this event is deeply saddening as we look forward to showcasing the unbelievable young talent we have in our county’s high school seniors.
Thank you to our Partner BECU for continuing to sponsor this event and the Festival! Thank you to Bing Crosby Theater, TicketsWest, Downtown Spokane and River Park Square for all that you have done in planning for this event. We hope to bring back this amazing event for our 2021 year and we hope to make it better than ever!
For those who have already purchased tickets, please contact TicketsWest Directly for further direction.

2020 Parade Participant & Vendor Applications DUE SOON!

Click below for more information on our 2020 Parade Participant & Vendor requirements and application links!

Submission Deadlines:
Participants – March 15, 2020
Vendors – April 17, 2020

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!