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.