Everything you need to know about the Spokane Lilac Festival

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Lilac Festival returns to downtown Spokane on Saturday! 

Parade Map Color by Vincent Saglimbeni on Scribd

Float Viewing

The fun begins at 8 a.m. with a float viewing under I-90. That will be followed by a rose planting by the Portland Rose Festival in Manito Park. 

Lilac Festival Brewfest

From noon to 5 p.m., the Brewfest will take place between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main Avenue on Wall Street. Tickets are sold out, but at 1 p.m. people can stop by the BECU vendor fair to learn more about the Armed Forces.

Cruzin the Falls Car Show

The “Cruzin the Falls Car Show” will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cars will be on display for people to enjoy. Staging of the dignitaries will occur from 6-7:15 p.m. before the start of the parade at 7:45 p.m.

Dignitaries include Lilac City Festival president Alan Hart, the Royal Court consisting of Festival Queen Janna Huber and the six Royal Court princesses. Others included as dignitaries are Grand Parade Marshal: Colonel (Ret) John Marshall Groves and Honorary Grand Parade Marshal: Justice Debra Stephens.

Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

The Armed Forces Torchlight Parade kicks off in downtown Spokane at 7:45 p.m, but road closures will happen throughout the day.

Here’s a look at the various closures:

  • Spokane Falls Boulevard between Stevens and Monroe Street, Wall and Howard Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main Avenue, Post Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and the Post Street Bridge will close starting at 9 a.m.  
  • Spokane Falls Boulevard between Browne and Monroe Street, Northbound Washington Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Boone Avenue will close starting at 4 p.m.
  • Howard Street between Boone and Dean Avenue, Mallon Avenue will be closed from Post to Howard Street, Calispel, Normandie and Atlantic Street will be closed between Cataldo and Boone Avenue, Cataldo Avenue between Atlantic and Washington Street and Southbound Washington/Stevens Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Boone Avenue will be closed starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Finally, starting at 5:30 p.m., Washington/Stevens Street will be closed between Boone and 2nd Avenue, as well as Post Street between 2nd and Main Avenue, Post Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and the Post Street Bridge, Wall and Howard Street between 2nd Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane Falls, Main, Riverside, Sprague and 1st Avenue between Washington and Lincoln Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard between Washington and Monroe Street.
  • All streets will open again at 11 p.m. Public transit through Spokane Transit will operate for the downtown plaza on 2nd and 3rd between Wall and Stevens and on Howard between 2nd and 4th for the Lilac Parade.