Five-year-old Noah Boston and his 2-year-old brother, Gabriel, of Roseville, try out the midway rides at the 2018 Rosefest in Roseville.

Five-year-old Noah Boston and his 2-year-old brother, Gabriel, of Roseville, try out the midway rides at the 2018 Rosefest in Roseville.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Roseville prepares for fifth annual Rosefest

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 21, 2019


ROSEVILLE — Roseville is gearing up for its annual Rosefest event and is inviting the community to come on by for a family-friendly party.

It has been hosted each year since 2015, and it’s the spiritual successor of the Rose Festival, which was a Roseville favorite for 40 years. 

“The city of Roseville began as the village of Roseville, and they had a Rose Festival from 1936 to 1976. We didn’t have a festival since then until five years ago,” explained Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “They had the pageantry and a festival queen and all the old fair and festival themes that were popular back then. The city revived the summer fireworks in the late ’90s, but we had trouble funding it, so when we were discussing ways to keep it going, a lot of people brought up bringing the Rose Festival back.”

Rosefest will take place at Veterans Memorial Park on Barkman Street. It will take place Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9. The midway will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, while the festival as a whole will open at 6 p.m. and will close at 10 p.m. It will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from noon to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s a four-day, family-friendly event that is free to the public, and there’s no fees for admissions or parking,” said Virginia Green, one of the organizers. “There’s lots of free events, like bands that play or a magician and balloon twister. There are tickets that need to be purchased for rides and midway-style games. There’s a free exotic animals exhibit who are a new, very reputable company. Instead of just being a petting zoo, they are educating kids about the animals.”

Ride tickets and individual tickets will be available, or wristbands are available both at the event for $24 and before Wednesday, June 5, at City Hall for $18. Those interested can reach City Hall by calling (586) 445-5440.

“There will be inflatables, which are great for younger kids,” Green said. “Motor City Co-Op Credit Union sponsors our Tot Lot for younger kids, and that is all free. We also have plenty of vendors. Everything that’s free is that way because of local sponsors like that who support this as a program for the community.”

“It’s a pairing of history, a community fair and the signature fireworks that we wanted to keep,” added Adkins. “It’s grown into this great, family-friendly event that we love today. We found a lot of great sponsors, which lets us put this on without using any money from the city’s general fund. We have great shows and games with tried and true and tested reputations to anchor this celebration.”

One of the yearly highlights of the festival is the fireworks display, which remains a favorite attraction of residents.

“Fireworks are on Saturday evening,” Green said. “They are shot off at Roseville Middle School and are monitored by the police and fireworks company. They start at dusk, and it’s always a good show. Prior to the fireworks, we will have a movie in the park. This year we’re showing ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2.’ When it ends, the fireworks start right up.”

The organizers are hoping the public enjoys the festival and sees how much the community has to offer.

“It’s a great place to meet up with family and friends,” remarked Green. “There’s a lot of free, family-friendly activities, and it’s all very safe with police monitoring everything and very high safety standards. … It’s one of the highlights of the city of Roseville.”

Adkins said it’s a down-to-earth event that remains lots of fun for adults and kids of all ages.

“It’s a small-town feeling in a mid-sized metropolitan city,” he remarked. “I think my favorite part is seeing that it is truly a family-friendly event where the parents and children are all smiling and enjoying the event. That’s what it’s about. That’s what we really set out to accomplish. We like the mix of attractions; there’s something for everybody. It’s an all-in community effort.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.