HOSTING

2021 Spokane Lilac Festival Updates

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 and we hope to hold some/all of our traditional Festival events this Fall!  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!

Dan VerHeul
2021 ‘Destination Spokane’ Lilac Festival President

Jasmin Davis

2021 CO-VP Hosting

Deb Koch

2021 CO-VP Hosting

What is Hosting?

The Hosting committee coordinates arrangements for visiting dignitaries. Hosting also facilitates arrangements for festival meetings and various events before and during the Lilac Festival.  The function of this division is to plan and arrange all hospitality activities that provide non-parade entertainment.  We schedule and organize all dinners, breakfast, luncheons and the hospitality room as well as extend invitations to out of town festivals to promote attendance throughout the Lilac Festival Week.   

A few weeks prior to the Lilac Festival Week, we organize and host the Royal Tea Party at the Historic Davenport Hotel.  This is a wonderful opportunity for local “Lilac Princess’ in Waiting” to meet our Royalty court, learn proper “afternoon tea” etiquette and participate in a raffle to earn a spot on the Lilac float during the Jr. Lilac Parade.

Royal Tea Party

Sponsored by Union Animal Hospital

Lilac Art Show

Queens Luncheon

Sponsored by Spokane Tribe of Indians

Spokane Lilac Festival Gala

Sponsored by Spokane International Airport