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April 12, 2024 (Julian) -- Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, invites you to their 9th annual Lilac Festival event on Saturdays and Sundays starting April 20 and will go on through Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The outdoor educational farm that specializes in living history field trips, is also home to five acres of beautifully fragrant lilacs near the town of Julian.
Fort Cross is the largest lilac farm in Southern California that sells fresh-cut bouquets directly to the public, and will have different lilac varieties available for purchase 7 days a week as soon as the flowers are in bloom.

Activities will include archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshot range, farm animal visit, reptile show, spring wagon rides, hoedowns & jug band shows, a treasure hunt, and much more. Free activities included with a $10 admission include the lilac maze, walking trails, petting zoo, tire swings, jug band room, and other old-time games on the farm.
“Lilac season is one of the most anticipated times of the year for us because the farm is so fragrant and beautiful in full bloom,” says Doreen Cross, co-owner of Fort Cross. “We meet people from all over the world who are so happy to find a place with lilacs because they grew up in an area that had them as well. It’s nostalgic for so many, and it feels good to see everyone so happy to be here!”
This small family business, run by husband and wife team Jesse and Doreen Cross, is something that few people know about but is steadily becoming a popular field trip and tourist destination. 
Tickets for activities may be purchased through the website here: 
It is recommended to buy ahead of time to guarantee your place in the day’s events. Walk-in participation will be dependent upon open availability for activities. 
Throughout the year, Fort Cross also offers U-pick berries and vegetables, an Autumn Jubilee with a pumpkin patch and cider pressing, and a Holiday Hayride event Thanksgiving weekend. Living History Field Trip events are offered year-round. 
For more information on all of the events that Fort Cross has to offer, visit their website at
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