2021 Spokane Lilac Festival Updates

The Spokane Lilac Festival is back for its 84th year!  After a two-year hiatus, we are starting early and opening the holidays with a parade and fireworks downtown to welcome Santa back to Spokane.  The ‘Destination Spokane’ Holiday Parade will be an event to remember and will kick off a great season throughout the region.

Our traditional festival will return the third week in May with a new theme and all the fun events that you know and love.  Community will continue to be an important Lilac theme as we Honor the Military, Empower our Youth and Showcase our Region in festivals both in Spokane and throughout the Pacific and Inland Northwest.

This will be a fun year with many memorable Lilac events.  We look forward to you joining us as we celebrate Spokane and all the great communities of the Inland Northwest!

Alan Hart
2022 Lilac Festival President

Jasmin Davis

2022 Co-VP Hosting

Deb Koch

2022 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.

Lilac Holiday Bruncheon

Saturday, December 11th
Historic Davenport Hotel
Grand Pennington Ballroom
Sponsored by Union Animal Hospital

Taryn League
Special Guest Speaker

Taryn grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Preparatory School. She completed her B.A. in History at the University of Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Gonzaga University.  Taryn has taught at Gonzaga Prep for 20 years. She serves as the Social Sciences Department Chair, is a member of the Gonzaga Prep Board of Trustees, coaches Prep’s Knowledge Bowl team,  and was named Teacher of the Year in 2019.  Taryn is a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and is a recent volunteer with the St. Bernadette Guild.  Lilac has always been a part of her life as her mom Megan Brinson was a Lilac Princess for North Central in 1965, she was Princess for Gonzaga Prep in 1991, and her dad Tim Brinson was a director in the 1980s.  Taryn is married to Scott and they have a daughter Clare. Taryn is an avid walker, jigsaw puzzler, reader, softball mom and her happy place is Priest Lake, Idaho where she and Scott have a cabin.

Royal Tea Party

Sunday, April 24th
10am & 2pm
Historic Davenport Hotel
Sponsored by Union Animal Hospital

Lilac Art Show

Tuesday, November 16th
Nectar Catering & Events

2022 Contest Details Coming Soon!

Queens Luncheon

Sponsored by Spokane Tribe of Indians

Spokane Lilac Festival Gala

Sponsored by Spokane International Airport