Rosefest 2018


Rosefest 2018 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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Rosefest 2018: Have a little heart for Roseville

The days are warm and long, and even seemingly endless winters feel like distant memories once it’s time for Rosefest, again.

Roseville’s annual summer festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Monday, June 25, and reconvenes for the Wednesday, July 4, Party in the Park.

“My favorite thing about Rosefest is how it brings the community together around various things in one big event,” said Mayor Dan Roe. “People can see concerts, events, go Rollerblading ... there’s just something for everyone and it’s an opportunity for everyone to really come together.”

Council member Jason Etten echoed the mayor’s sentiments.

“I love Rosefest because it brings people out into the community together,” said Etten. “I love the diversity of activities, from sporting events to music performances, to parades to connections with nature, to fundraisers for our community.”

This year’s Rosefest includes festival mainstays, such as the Taste of Rosefest, the Roll and Run for the Roses, and, of course, the Rose Parade, along with a couple new events that are sure to prove to be fun for all, said Roseville Recreation Superintendent Lauren Deal.

“We have the flexibility to highlight what people enjoy and then try to expand on that,” she said, noting Rosefest 2018 will include an open house at the newly built Cedarholm Golf Course clubhouse/community building and new a kids garage sale at Central Park Lexington.


This year’s festival theme is “I heart Roseville” and residents can show just how much they love their city by picking up one of two Rosefest button designs, which are available for free at the Roseville Parks and Recreation office at City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, or at Rosefest events and from Rose Parade volunteers.

As for Deal’s favorite parts of the festival, she said, “I always look forward to the Touch-a-Truck and the Teddy Bear Band.”


Highlights of Rosefest 2018 include: 


Thursday, June 21

• Taste of Rosefest, 5-8 p.m. at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Central Park. See the full story on page 8.

• Live at the Rog: Sweet Rhubarb. The St. Paul-based trio performs vocal harmonies with original music and a wide range of covers. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Frank Rog Amphitheatre is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.

• The first clue of the Golden Rose Medallion Hunt. Just prior to Sweet Rhubarb’s performance, the first clue in the annual Golden Rose Medallion Hunt will be released at 6:50 p.m. at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre, which is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave. Based on that clue, search Roseville parks as more clues are released to ultimately find the medallion. Whoever finds it will receive a prize package of local gift certificates. Clues will be released at noon daily at and on the @RVMedallionhunt Twitter page.


Friday, June 22

• 9 & Dine. The name is what you get — $10 nets you a round of nine holes of golf and a burger combo at Cedarholm Golf Course. Tee times start at 12:30 p.m. Line it up by calling 651-633-8337. The golf course is located at 2323 Hamline Ave. N.

• Cedarholm Community Building Open House Celebration. Get a first look at the brand new, $3 million community building and clubhouse at the Cedarholm Golf Course from 6 to 8 p.m. Tours will be available. The golf course is located at 2323 Hamline Ave. N.

• Free Family Skate at the Roseville OVAL. Bring the whole family because everybody skates for free from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The skating center is located at 2661 Civic Center Drive.

• Community Theater: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The Calvary Church Community Theatre group will perform the family favorite at 7 p.m. at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre. The amphitheater is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.


Saturday, June 23

• Roll for the Roses/Run for the Roses. Depart from the Roseville OVAL at 7:55 a.m. on the 10K Roll for the Roses inline skate race. If rolling is not your thing, hoof it in the Run for the Roses 5K or 10K run at 8 a.m. — it’s the 40th time the event will take place. Everyone who runs gets a T-shirt and finishers receive a red rose. The race day also includes a half-mile fun run for families on the OVAL track. To register go to The skating center is located at 2661 Civic Center Drive.

• Community Theater: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The Calvary Church Community Theatre group will perform the family favorite at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre. The amphitheater is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.

• Superhero Carnival. Kids, dress up as your favorite superhero and come save the day. The carnival, back for its second year, includes games, ice cream and inflatables. The fun is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Central Park Elementary School gym, located at 535 County Road B2 W.

• Great American Backyard Campout. Join your neighbors for a camping trip without having to leave your hometown — it’s the Great American Backyard Campout at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. Beginning at 5 p.m. set up camp and enjoy an outdoor movie, campfire, s’mores and other camp activities. Sunday morning, eat a continental breakfast. Preregistration is required and there is a small fee; call 651-792-7006 to register. HANC is located at 2520 Dale St. N.

• Rosefest Campfire. Join the campers at Harriet Alexander Nature Center from 7-8:30 p.m. to sing campfire songs, tell stories and eat s’mores, with no obligation to stay the night. The event is free — children should be accompanied by an adult.


Sunday, June 24

• Rosefest Golf Tournament. Return to Cedarholm Golf Course for more action on the links with the Rosefest Golf Tournament. The 9-hole scramble-style golf tournament for teams of four includes on-course contests, prizes and food. Tee times are from 9 to 11 am. — call 651-633-8337 to line yours up. The golf course is located at 2323 Hamline Ave. N.

• Porsche Car Show. Window shop and dream a bit about classic Porsche rides. Owners are on hand to answer any questions, and the show is hosted by the Nord Stern Porsche Club. The show is at the Central Park Dale Street Athletic Fields, 2525 Dale St. N., and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Touch-a-Truck. Bring the kids along to come touch a truck at Central Park at Lexington Avenue. From 5 to 7 p.m. fire trucks, service vehicles, big rigs and a lot in between will be on hand for up-close and hands-on inspection. The event is in the parking lot at 2540 Lexington Ave. N.

• Kids Garage Sale. Budding business people, sign up to sell your old toys, clothes and sports gear with this new addition to the Rosefest lineup. To register for a table — kids are to be accompanied by an adult — go to and click the “Sunday June 24” link. The sale runs 5 to 7 p.m. in Central Park at Lexington Avenue at 2540 Lexington Ave. N.

• Live at the Rog: Teddy Bear Band. The popular band, loved by both young and old, will play beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Frank Rog Amphitheatre is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.


Monday, June 25

• Rosefest Rose Parade: The 28th annual Rose Parade is yet another opportunity to proclaim, “I heart Roseville.” Featuring some 90 floats and thousands of your neighbors lining the route, the parade begins at 6:15 p.m. at Roseville Area High School and heads east on County Road B2 to Lexington Avenue, then north on Lexington for the big finish at the Roseville OVAL. The community grand marshal of the parade is Goodmanson Construction, and the celebrity grand marshal is U.S. women’s hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Lee Stecklein, a Roseville native.

There is no designated handicap parking; organizers suggest arriving early and parking on a side street near Lexington. RAHS is located at 1240 County Road B2, and the skating center is located at 2661 Civic Center Drive. For more information go to


Wednesday, July 4

• Party in the Park. Celebrate the Fourth of July with your Roseville neighbors at the Party in the Park. The event begins at 1 p.m. in Central Park at Lexington and features carnival activities, inflatables and puppet shows through 7 p.m., along with food vendors through 10 p.m. The day includes a full slate of music at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre: Tricia and the Toonies at 2:45 p.m.; Songs of Hope at 4:15 p.m.; 3 Chord Monte at 5:45 p.m.; Roseville Big Band at 7:30 p.m.; and Roseville Community Band at 9 p.m. The Independence Day party comes to an end with a big bang as fireworks go off over Bennett Lake at 10 p.m. The Frank Rog Amphitheatre in Central Park is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.


Taste of Rosefest returns June 21

Event raises funds for Roseville Rotary

The 11th annual Taste of Rosefest is set for Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Roseville’s Central Park near the Dale Street entrance at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum.

Visit with friends and neighbors, sample good food and drink from many local restaurants, listen to music and enjoy a lovely summer evening in the park.

Food booths will be set up around the arboretum, and offerings may include samples of pizza, ham, beef chunks, barbecue ribs, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, cookies and pastries, soup, imported cheeses, chocolate, scones, carrot cake and smoothies, from some 25 fine restaurants around Roseville. 

MGM Wine & Spirits will provide wine and beer samples at several booths for this 21-and-older event.

“Taste of Rosefest is just about the largest community social gathering of the year,” says Jan Vanderwall from Roseville Area schools, noting that about 800 people are expected to attend.

“Musical entertainment will provide a pleasant backdrop, and there will be chances to get great bargains in the silent auction or to win a bottle of wine,” she adds. “It is a great social event, in a wonderful setting.”

The 17-piece RLC Jazz Band will play a range of standards and classics in the pavilion, as will the Stompers Dixieland Band from Centennial Methodist. Acoustic guitarist Rick Vanderwall, a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, will also perform at various times throughout the evening. 

Silent auction items include golf for four at Midland Hills Country Club, State Fair grandstand tickets, works of art, a glider ride, autographed sports memorabilia, numerous theater and St. Paul Saints tickets, and gift cards to area restaurants and shops.

Interested in electric cars? The latest electric vehicle technologies and four of the greenest vehicles — Tesla Models M and X, the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf — will be on display.

The event is the chief fundraiser for the Roseville Rotary Club. Proceeds support programs for senior citizens and children of all ages, including mentoring programs and scholarships. 

Over the last 10 years, the club has raised more than $280,000 for its community projects — it’s a win-win event, says Jerry Hromatka, Taste of Rosefest chair.

Tickets may be purchased through Rotary Club members, at and at Roseville City Hall, Cub Foods at Har Mar Mall, Lunds & Byerly’s, and Precision Forms in Roseville.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For more information, including a list of participating restaurants, go to

Donations to the silent auction are appreciated. To make a tax-deductible donation for the auction or to be a sponsor of the event, call the Roseville Rotary office at 651-636-9054.


Pamela O’Meara can be reached at or 651-748-7818


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