Lilac Festival is an annual street event in Calgary that was first organized back in 1989 celebrating the Lilac flower! Running along 4th St., it covers about 12 blocks of Calgary’s Beltline and Mission neighborhoods. This street festival happens every year during the last Sunday of May, rain or shine. This year we enjoyed a cool 10, maybe 15 degree temperature with a mix of sun and cloud. Which was great for patio parties, backyard parties, and sidewalk parties.
First, we had to find coffee, lucky for me Phil & Sebastian had a pop up stand in Central Memorial Park. Second, we had to find food. With the rise of the oh-so-popular food truck craze, we decided to hit up the Boxwood Cafe (not a food truck but was conveniently located in Central Memorial Park) and try out the sandwich menu. I had the pulled pork sandwich with caramelized onions and more awesome stuff I won’t bore you with, we then also shared a pitcher, but possibly 2, of Sangria.
After lunch we made our way into the sea of 120,000 people to see the sights. The streets were filled with entertainment stages, street dancers, as well as craft, food, and entertainment stalls. All I really noticed was the mini-donut truck, yum!
Now that spring has sprung, the Lilac Festival is one great way to kick off the summer! Here’s to longer warmer days, and patio parties!