If you're making the trip to Rochester's Lilac Festival, what do you need to know before you go?

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Ahhhh… do you smell that? We know that laundry detergent and candles have tried their best to mimic the scent, but *nothing* beats the smell of fresh, just-in-bloom lilacs. You can smell that one-of-a-kind scent this week at the Rochester Lilac Festival. 

We are so lucky to have the first big festival of spring right here in Western New York. For food lovers, wine and craft beer drinkers, nature lovers, and local artisan supporters, the list goes on and on… the 2022 Lilac Festival in Rochester is heaven. But, if you don’t have a game plan and go unprepared, trust me…you’ll end up miserable.

If you’re a Buffalonian traveling up the 90 to visit the Lilac Festival this weekend, here are the three best and worst parts to look forward to.

THE WORST

  1. The Weather 
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All of a sudden, the skies can open and soak us all. Even though I’ve never hated seeing a good band in the rain, for those of us with frizzy hair (that they spent two hours straightening) it can be a nightmare.

  1. The Parking 
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Two words: Good luck. Eight more words: Park down South Ave and take an Uber. 

  1. The Lines 
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Arriving at the Lilac Fest hungry? Go ahead and snack on those cheerios in your kid’s diaper bag. You’re gonna be waiting a while. 

THE BEST

  1. The Lilacs 
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Think Bath & Body Works shower gel from the 90’s, but IRL and actually beautiful. 

  1. The Wine Slushies
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If sangria isn’t blended with ice accompanied by a fat straw, I don’t want it. 

  1. The Weather 
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Mother Nature does what she wants, but if the skies are clear and the temperature is warm, go soak up that sun, baby. It’s good for the soul. Just do yourself a favor and don’t forget the SPF. 

What’s your favorite spring festival in Western NY?

Lilac Festival 2022

Check out all that the 2022 Lilac Festival had to offer. We can smell it already...