The Sapporo Lilac Festival has been running since 1959 as a way to recognize the beauty of these stunning springtime blooms, which have since been designated as the city's official tree. The festival is held across two parks - Odori Park (over 400 lilac trees), and Kawashimo Park (approximately 1700 lilac trees).
The event has plenty to enjoy aside from the flora, with a range of stage performances, tea ceremonies (with a unique lilac tea to sample!), a stamp rally, and more. On the first day of the festival, lilac seeds are also given out to attendees.
As this event depends on the seasons, dates can fluctuate annually - plan for around mid-to-late May.