Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum
Tours of the lilacs and other special collections, family activities, and food vendors make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition! Check back for the day-of schedule of events.
Food Truck Festivals of America is pleased to host the nineteen fan-favorite Boston food trucks appearing at this year’s 108th Annual Lilac Sunday celebration at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th.
Food trucks will be serving up a variety of savory tacos, fall off the bone BBQ, fresh seafood, Asian fusion cuisine, and lots of vegetarian options, plus French macaroons, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and much more.
For one day only for this special event, picnicking in the Arboretum is allowed.
There is no admission fee at the Arboretum and Lilac Sunday is a free, dog-friendly event, though donations and membership gifts are always welcome.
Participating food vendors include.
The Bacon Truck
M&M BBQ Ribs
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Chicken and Rice Guys
Compliment Food Co
The Dining Car
Jamaica Mi Hungry
Munch Mobile Kitchen
Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration.
This is the only day of the year that picnicking is allowed at the Arboretum. You'll enjoy a slice of paradise among the endless lilac blooms. Over 250 varieties.
On Lilac Sunday, garden enthusiasts from all over New England gather at the Arboretum to picnic and tour the lilac collection.
Lilac Sunday Highlights:
Tours of the Lilac Collection: (every hour)
Tours from the Visitor Center to the Lilacs: (every 30 mins.)
Tours of Special Collections: (various times) Explorers Garden, Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden, Bradley Rosaceous Collection, and more
Family Activities: (various times): Build-a-flower, Mother’s Day cards, Coloring & drawing, Science station
Performances (various times)
Displays: Library display, information about the Aboretum’s programs, science research, and more!
*Free lilac plant if you join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum on Lilac Sunday!
Special Day for Picknicking:
This is the only day of the year that picnicking is allowed at the Arboretum. Refreshments are available for purchase from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. You'll enjoy a slice of paradise among the endless lilac blooms. The collection is at number 12 on their map of the grounds.
Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited and visitors are encouraged to take public transportation. Some parking spaces outside the gates will be designated for special-needs visitors. No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed within the gates during the event.
A limited number of wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; wheelchairs may not be reserved in advance. Please inquire at the front desk of the Hunnewell Building if you or someone in your party requires a wheelchair.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America, and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arnold Arboretum provides and supports world-class science research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation and preservation of trees.
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA map
This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.
Great day at the ArboretumThe morris dancing was great. Seemed like everyone had fun. Was warm when sun came out. Great time for family.
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