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The Rochester Lilac Festival is known for bringing national touring acts and rising stars to entertain our festival goers. Visitors come from all over the country to see their favorite acts perform for FREE on the Sahlen’s Center Stage set among the beautiful Highland Park gardens.

Birds eye view of Lilac Festival
  • Access to VIP Experience Tent
  • Front Stage Access
  • Lounge Area
  • Full Cash-Bar
  • Complimentary Chair Massage
  • Air-Conditioned Restrooms
  • Commemorative Lanyard
  • Table Service
  • One Free Drink

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Every headliner of the festival will have ASL Interpretation. Learn more about our interpreters here.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

10:30am   Camp ROC Star

1:00pm   The Ruddy Well Band

2:30pm   nobody’s marigold

4:00pm  The Klick

5:30pm   Willie Nile

7:00pm   The New Mastersounds

Sunday, May 12, 2019

10:30am   Camp ROC Star

11:30pm  Camp ROC Star

1:00pm  Significant Other

2:30pm  Soul Passenger

4:00pm   Kat Wright

5:30pm   Mosaic Foundation

7:00pm   Big Something

Monday, May 13, 2019

10:30am   Penfield Show Choir

11:00am   Creekside Steel Drum Band

12:00pm   Pittsford Mendon High School Choir

4:00pm   The Buddhahood

5:30pm   Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People

7:00pm  BB KING BLUES BAND featuring MICHAEL LEE (of NBC’s The VOICE)

Monday, May 14th & Tuesday, May 15th
2:00PM – 6:00PM

Bespectacled aardvark Arthur Read demonstrates to kids how to deal with such childhood traumas and challenges as homework, teachers and bullies. He also has to contend with his sisters, but loves playing with his friends: tomboy Francine, foodie and best pal Buster, supersmart Brain, rich girl Muffy and geography expert Sue Ellen.

WXXI Kids is committed to providing educational children’s programming that sparks kids’ imaginations and fosters a life-long love of learning.
WXXI Go Public

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

10:30am   Harris Hill 5th Dimension

11:00am   Paul Road Elementary Band & Chorus

12:00pm   Holley Elementary Concert Band & Choir

1:00pm   Abraham School 22 Band & Choir

4:00pm   Sam Nitsch

5:30pm   The Medicinals

7:00pm   Julian Marley

Wednesday, May 15, 2018

10:30am   Richard Mann Elementary 5th Grade Band & Chorus

11:00am   Pal-Mac Middle School 7am Ensembles

12:00pm  Pal-Mac Middle School 7am Ensembles

1:00pm   Five Point Performance Company

4:00pm   Jon Lewis Band

5:30pm   Eli “Paperboy” Reed

7:00pm   Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats

Thursday, May 16, 2019

10:30am   Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

11:00am     Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

12:00pm     Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

1:00pm     Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

4:00pm   Vanishing Sun

5:30pm  Cory Wong from Vulfpeck

7:00pm   Maceo Parker

Friday, May 17, 2019

10:30am  Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

4:00pm   Jack West

5:30pm  The Blind Spots

7:00pm   Classic Albums Live

Saturday, May 18, 2019

10:30am   Camp ROC Star/Elvio

11:30am Camp ROC Star/Elvio

1:00pm  JUMBOshrimp

2:30pm  Mikaela Davis

4:00pm  Aaron Lipp & the Slack Tones

5:30pm   Zac Brown Tribute Band

7:00pm  Zac Brown Tribute Band

Sunday, May 19, 2019

10:30am  DJ/Race After Party

11:30am  Camp ROC Star

1:30pm  Bellas Bartok

2:30pm   Alyssa Trahan

4:00pm   The Blind Owl Band


7:00pm    The Lizards | Phish Tribute

2019 Official Festival ASL Interpreters

Returning for a 3rd year doing all 10 nights

Terri Reisinger

Born and raised in both Rochester and Old Forge, New York, Terri Reisinger has been a professional sign language interpreter for over ten years. She graduated from RIT’s Interpreting program and has worked in a variety of settings over the years. Having a huge passion for the performing arts she has interpreted for rock and roll greats such as Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Phish. When not working Terri can be found with her beautiful four-year-old son, laughing, snowboarding, hiking and enjoying the magic of live music and festivals.

Kim Billyard

A native to the Rochester area, Kim Billyard got her degrees at the Rochester Institute of Technology including a MS in Human Resource Development and both BS/AAS in American Sign Language-English Interpretation.  She has been a professional sign language interpreter for more than 13 years.  In her free time, she enjoys camping, playing card games, meditation, and going to see her favorite bands perform.

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