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Lilac is Back

Every spring New Mexico’s artisans and local chefs gather right in Taos in commemoration of some very special flora. Lilac, specifically. Planted and cultivated across generations, it's certain to be spotted throughout the region when its special color starkly contrasts with the world-famous adobe brown.Once again the city will host the Fourth Annual Taos Lilac Festival, where festival attendees can get to know a huge range of fiber artists, carpenters, jewelers, and metalworkers. Attendance is free for families and the event runs eight glowing days.

This year, the festival grows in size (there’s expected to be over forty shops in all) and scope to include live music performance, colorful indigenous ensembles, all-ages costume contests, a whirling carousel for children, and a parade just for pets! Outside Guadalupe Church participants are then encouraged to have a "pet blessing" administered by a Taos priest. Purveyors of southern-style entrees and brews will want to spend a majority of their time within the Beer, Wine & Food Garden, while runners can register for the Taos Lilac 5k Run. In the evenings adults will have an opportunity enjoy bluegrass under the clear desert sky.

It could be said the range of entertainment provided is as varied as the community of artists and thinkers who first relocated to New Mexico early in the last century, forming the Taos Society of Artists in 1915. Now known as the Taos Artist Colony the group continues to entice painters, photographers, and sculptures from around the globe. Luminaries such as Georgia O’Keefe drew inspiration from the native pueblo buildings, whose storied Ghost Ranch is roughly an hour’s drive from the Taos Inn. In time the state had been established as a cultural mecca for new ideas and timeless crafts, the results of which echo through to the present day.

Address: Throughout Taos