Planning for the 2017 Lemon Lily Festival is Under-Way!

Check back soon for a detailed schedule; our committee is working hard to plan the event as you read this!


The 2016 Lemon Lily Festival Recap

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016  Lemon Lily Festival a success! Special thanks to U.S. Forest Service Botanist Deb Nelson, renowned botanist Tom Chester, local Lemon Lily Expert Toni Bertholotte, local arborist Debra Geisinger, the StoneCreek Stompers, David Salk, John Malcolm Penn & Bob Furgo, Three for Joy, the Pennyroyal Players, and all of our volunteers, vendors, and community members who offered time, energy, and support to this cause.


The 2015 Lemon Lily Festival Recap

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival extra special!

Entertainment by:

  • The Penny Royal Players ( Saturday  11:30am & 2:00pm and Sunday  11:00am & 12:30pm
  • Thats All Folk and More with John King will be performing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00PM.

Pioneer Town will be back with additional demonstrations.

New in Pioneer Town will be make-your-own t-shirt and jewelry.

We will again have vendors selling their art, wares, and food.

There will be a silent auction of donated items.

We will be raffling of an original sculpture by local artist Dore Capitano.

Thank you for your interest in our festival. Hope to see you at the event.

The 2014 Lemon Lily Festival Recap

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s festival: the festival committee (and sub-committees) for their countless hours of dedicated work planning and promoting the festival; all of the volunteers who made the event run smoothly, and most of all, to all of those who attended and supported the event.  Without each and every one of you, it wouldn’t have been the tremendous success that it was.

Here are a few of  photos from the Idyllwild Town Crier’s website:

2014 Lemon Lily Festival Photographs

Hope to see you next year!


About the 2014 Lemon Lily Festival

This year’s Festival will take place over two days, July 12 and 13th in the beautiful (and friendly) mountain community of Idyllwild, CA. Nestled among the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild offers a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities, and is rated as one of America’s Top 100 Art Towns.

The Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi) is native to the San Jacinto Mountains. While not an endangered species (yet), it is threatened due to over-harvesting by collectors.

The Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi) is native to the San Jacinto Mountains. While not an endangered species (yet), it is threatened due to over-harvesting by collectors.

For those who don’t know, the Lemon Lily Festival is focused on restoring the Lemon Lily (Lillium parryi) to its natural habit in the San Jacinto Mountains. At one time, many years ago, the stream beds and cooler shaded areas were covered with thousands of Lemon Lilies. The lilies were so popular with admirers that they were often dug up by the hundreds and taken to gardens and nurseries in the flatlands, rendering them with the threat of extinction in the area. In 2009, a group of concerned citizens led by local businessman Doug Yagaloff formed The Lemon Lily committee. With he help of the Idyllwild Nature Center and the FRIENDS of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, the groups banded together to create an ongoing effort to celebrate, educate, and restore the Lemon Lily to our mountains. We’ve got a lot of exciting events and activities in store for Lemon Lily veterans and newbies: nature hikes, lectures, demonstrations, crafts, food and local vendors, artisans and more for Lemon Lily Lovers of all ages.

We hope you’ll join us!


The mission of the Lemon Lily Festival is to foster an appreciation for the threatened native Lily, Lillium parryi, educate the public of its plight and relevance to Idyllwild, restore it to its historical range and benefit Idyllwild economically by promoting it as a visitor destination.