31st Annual Pine Mountain Club Lilac Festival
Take a typical southern California spring weekend in May, add
tall trees, snow-streaked mountain peaks, blue sky and
pine-scented air, and you have the beginnings of a recipe for
Begun in 1982 as a way to forget winter and welcome the approaching summer, the Lilac Festival started as little more than a bake sale and a Maypole Dance, and has grown into a full-fledged Mountain tradition. The Lilac was chosen as a centerpiece for the Festival because it thrives in our mountain climate, and its short flowering season falls roughly at the same time as the Festival. The powerful scent of lilacs is one of the few that outshines the always-present scent of sugar pine.
This year’s Festival is Saturday & Sunday, May 18th & 19th, and begins at 9 am each day, and ends at 5pm or so. The traditional Parade is at 11 am on Saturday. Over 100 Arts & Crafts booths will be open all day, along with international food vendors, restaurants and unique shops, live music throughout the Festival, and a kiddie amusement area. There are also lots of places to sit, relax, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Village and all of Pine Mountain Club. For a truly breathtaking view, helicopter rides will available, too.