- What restrictions are in place for crazy covid?
*We will be selling a limited number of ticket reservations per hour. About 25 for the Adventure Package, and about 60 for the Festival Package. With our outdoor location, there will be plenty of room for each group spread out between all of the activities.
*Masks will be required in areas where a 6 foot social distance is unable to be maintained outside your own group.
*High-touch surfaces will be sanitized often.
*Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the activity areas.
- What are the hours of the Lilac Festival?
Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. April weekends, possibly into May.
- Can I purchase individual activities?
The petting zoo, candle dipping, vase painting, and slingshot gallery are available for $5 each, starting at 3:00 pm.
Fairy and Dino Garden Making will be available every day of the event, while supplies last.
- Can I show up to participate in the activities that I’ve purchased anytime throughout the day?
We have appointment start times available by reservation. You will be lead on a guided tour of activities. Please check in at least 15 minutes before your start time, as you may miss out on some of the activities if you are late.
- Do I need to purchase activities online or can I show up and purchase activities when I arrive?
If there are any tickets available for a particular time slot, you are welcome to purchase upon arrival. But it is strongly recommended to purchase ahead of time to guarantee your spot. If we sell out of online tickets ahead of time, we will fully staff every station so that walk-in activity packages will be available. Everyone that purchases online will be given priority..
- How long will it take to complete the activities in each package?
The Festival Package will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.
The Adventure Package usually take about 45 minutes. But as the archery and tomahawk throwing are offered as unlimited, the time it takes varies depending on how long you want to do it.
- Do I have to pay for activities if I just want to see the lilacs and walk around?
Admission without activities is $5 per person, to be paid on site at the gift shop.
The $5 admission allows you to walk the grounds, go through the Lilac Maze, go on top of the fort, play on tire swings. The $5 admission does not allow admission or participation in any of the paid activity areas (petting zoo, reptile show, hayride, crafts, archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshot gallery).
- Will lilacs be available for purchase?
Lilacs will be available for purchase 7 days a week when they are in bloom.
Currently our flower farm stand is open:
Monday through Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
If you plan to purchase before 9 am or after 4 pm during the week, please let us know by calling or texting 951-847-1904.
We cannot guarantee that lilacs will be available every day of the Lilac Festival, as agriculture is out of our control and difficult to predict.
- How do I take care of my lilac bouquet?
Please click here for care instructions.
- Can I purchase activities for my kids and let them do them by themselves?
Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult in order to participate in the activity packages. Parental supervision is extremely important at all times.
- I have young children, do I have to pay for them?
Up to two children three years old and under are allowed to accompany for free, per adult.
This will give them access into the petting zoo, reptile show, hoedown, and hayride. Although the candle dipping and craft would not be included for them, the parent will usually allow their accompanying child to take their place for those activities.
More than two accompanying children under 3 years old would need to pay $5 per activity.
- Are the activities only for kids?
Definitely not! The Festival Activity Package is intended for all ages.
The Adventure Package (archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshots) is intended for anyone able to operate and hold the equipment properly; usually older kids and adults.
- Is the property wheelchair accessible?
There are no stairs to hinder a wheelchair, however there are some inclines throughout the property with rugged terrain that may be difficult for a wheelchair to get through.
- Are dogs allowed?
Woohoo yes! We love puppies of all ages. You already know they need to be on a leash, but please feel free to bring them! Except in the petting zoo and reptile show… Please do not bring them in there (duh).
- Will there be food available for purchase?
Sometimes we do have a food vendor that sets up for events, but at this time there are no plans for that at this year's Lilac Festival. Our recommendation is to head directly across the street to Colt's Burger Bar, located inside the Julian Station. There is also Wynola Pizza & Bistro and Jeremy's on the Hill within walking distance. Expect delays during weekends, so plan to order before you're starving!
And you are also more than welcome to pack food and enjoy a picnic lunch on site! Picnic tables available throughout the property.
***Want a picnic setup waiting for you?*** Contact Al Fresco Laze for luxury popup picnics, or Mountain Graze for prepared charcuterie boxes.
We will have snacks (chips, candy, etc.) and drinks available for purchase in the gift shop.
- I purchased tickets and can't make it! Can I get a refund?
We're very sorry, but all sales are final.
- Will I get a refund if the event is cancelled?
Although not likely, if we have to cancel an event, you will receive a transfer code in the amount that was paid. It will be valid toward future events for up to one year.
- What happens if it rains?
We expect to be open and operating, rain or shine. If it is particularly cold, we will move the candle dipping and craft into our barn, where there is a wood burning stove to warm up.
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