Rosefest 2019


Rosefest 2019 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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Rosefest 2019: Engage in your community’s success

Rosefest is the annual event where Roseville community members come together to get to know each other, catch up and celebrate the city.

There’s no better way to do so than by coming out together for the summer fun around this year’s festival theme, “Engaging in Our Community’s Success.”

“This theme/slogan also just happens to be one of our long-standing community aspirations,” tweeted Mayor Dan Roe.

Rosefest 2019 will return with favorite activities and get-togethers, along with some new events and a slight re-jiggering of the schedule.

“We’re kicking off with the parade this year,” said Roseville Recreation Superintendent Lauren Deal. 

She explained that the move of rolling out the Rose Parade and holding it on Monday, June 24, prior to the Rosefest week of activities, was done to better accommodate the Fourth of July, as had been done in previous years.

Longtime Roseville resident Monte Johnson — aka this year’s King Boreas from the St. Paul Winter Carnival — will be a grand marshal of the parade, along with the Brausen family, whose automotive service shops have kept the area running for more than 50 years.

Johnson as Boreas will again be appearing on Tuesday, June 25, at Central Park Lexington for a new event this year dubbed Walk Your Dog with King Boreas.

“He’s just been a big supporter of Parks and Rec and he just reached out” about putting on the event, said Deal. “He’s very passionate about his dog Murphy.”

“It’s about promoting health and wellness and keeping your dog on a leash.”

A performance at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre with the Vinnie Rose Band will follow the new Tuesday night gathering.

For Friday, June 28, the usual Resident Appreciation Day will incorporate Friday’s with Firefighters, an ongoing summer event, to give folks a chance to attend an open house-style event at the city fire station. Deal also said there’d be new wheeled attractions at the Sunday, June 30, Touch-a-Truck event.

There are a few other new elements incorporated into Rosefest family favorites — Deal said the city is always looking to please residents by offering classic staples of the event, while looking for new things to do.

Highlights of Rosefest 2019 include:


Monday, June 24

• Rosefest Rose Parade. The 29th annual Rose Parade is community engagement on wheels. 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. 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


Tuesday, June 25

• Walk Your Dog with King Boreas. A new event this year, link up with local St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty Monte Johnson, crowned Boreas this winter, to take a pup-friendly walk around Bennett Lake in Central Park Lexington. The walk begins at 6 p.m., meet at the Jaycees Shelter. The park is located at 2540 Lexington Ave. N.

• Live at the Rog: Vinnie Rose Band. Following the walk take a load off at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre for a new Rosefest Tuesday night concert. The amphitheater is located at 2540 Lexington Ave. N.


Wednesday, June 26

• Discover Your Parks. Head to Central Park at Dale Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a healthy dose of parks programming including a bounce castle, puppet wagon performances, crafts and ice cream. The park is located at 2520 Dale St. N.


Thursday, June 27

• Taste of Rosefest. Support the Roseville Rotary by attending its 12th annual “Taste” event from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Central Park. The 21-plus event offers food and beverage samples from area restaurants. Go to for more information. The arboretum is located at 2525 Dale St. N.

• Live at the Rog: Everett Smithson Band. Enjoy rootsy grooves beginning at 7 p.m. The amphitheater is located at 2540 Lexington Ave. N.

• The first clue of the Golden Rose Medallion Hunt. Just prior to the Everett Smithson Band’s performance, the first clue in the annual Golden Rose Medallion Hunt will be released at 6:55 p.m. at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre, 2540 Lexington Ave. N. 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 daily at


Friday, June 28 — Resident Appreciation Day

• Fridays with Firefighters. Join in on an open house-style event with Roseville firefighters at the fire station located at 2701 Lexington Ave.

• 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 one up by calling 651-633-8337. The golf course is located at 2323 Hamline Ave. N.

• Superhero Carnival. Kids, dress up as your favorite superhero and come save the day. The carnival, back for its third 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.

• 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: “Beauty and the Beast” The Calvary Church Community Theater group will perform the family favorite at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre. The amphitheater is located at 2540 Lexington Ave. N. There will be encore performances on Saturday, June 29, at 3 and 7 p.m.


Saturday, June 29

• 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 41st 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.

• 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 to 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 30

• Rosefest Golf Tournament. Return to Cedarholm Golf Course for more action on the links with the Rosefest Golf Tournament. The 9-hole scramble-style event 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. From 5 to 7 p.m. fire trucks, service vehicles, big rigs and a lot in between will be there for up-close and hands-on inspection. The event is in the parking lot 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 Lexington Ave. N.


Thursday, 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: Alpha Bits at 2:45 p.m.; Songs of Hope at 4:15 p.m.; Innocent Reggae Band 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 Lexington Ave. N.


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