RoseFest to add new attractions in second year

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 7, 2016

 Tristan Sparks, 17, of Roseville, plays a carnival game at last year’s RoseFest at Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s RoseFest will take place at the park June 16-19.

Tristan Sparks, 17, of Roseville, plays a carnival game at last year’s RoseFest at Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s RoseFest will take place at the park June 16-19.

File photo by Sean Work


ROSEVILLE — With RoseFest established and now in its second year, the family festival has new events coming up June 16-19 at Veterans Memorial Park.

City Manager Scott Adkins said they are looking at nonstop entertainment during festival hours all four days by utilizing two stages — a main stage in the park and a second one inside the beverage tent.

“(We will feature) local bands, magicians, comedians,” Adkins said. “Sunday night is the culmination with Captured Detroit — one of the best Journey cover bands around will be there; they’re basically the closing act.”

The musical acts scheduled range from polka to classic rock, from alternative rock to blues, Adkins said. Since there is no charge to enter the festival, all musical acts are also free to attend, he added.

The festival will feature a “tiny tot fun zone” this year with inflatables geared toward children 42 inches in height or shorter. A petting zoo is scheduled to be there from noon until 4 p.m. June 18 and from 2 to 6 p.m. June 19.

“That was something we found out last year: There was not much for little ones to do,” Adkins said. “There’s no charge for those.”

The opening day for RoseFest, June 16, is a family day where discount passes will be available for the midway rides, which will be brought in by Wade Shows again. The opening ceremonies are scheduled at 6 p.m., where Adkins said organizers will be announcing the RoseFest court. The court will be selected from pageants held prior to the event. The festival closes at 10 p.m.

RoseFest reopens at 5 p.m. June 17 with karaoke and musical acts throughout the evening before closing again at 11 p.m. The festival will open at noon June 18 and will have a family-oriented day of activities, Adkins said. Magician Mark Luedtke will perform in the pavilion at 1 p.m., and Adkins said there will be Lego play stations available for kids leading up to a showing of “The Lego Movie” at 8 p.m.

Around 9:45 p.m., the Roseville fireworks display will take place at the festival.

On Sunday, June 19, the festival will open at 10 a.m. with a tentatively planned prayer in the park, with Christian entertainment scheduled on the main stage at 11 a.m. The midway and the rest of the festival will reopen at noon, and the 2016 Rose Parade will be held at 1 p.m. down Martin Road.

“We’re going to try and do a theme, like a Father’s Day theme,” Michelle Glandon, parade organizer, told C & G Newspapers in April. “We’re inviting children to ride their bikes in it — to decorate their bikes and ride in it — businesses to come out, churches, (Scout troops), whatever.”

Adkins said that RoseFest also features a “classic car cruise-in” from 2 to 6 p.m. following the parade, and encouraged classic car owners to bring their vehicles along for the parade before driving on up to the festival.

Virginia Greene, co-chairwoman for RoseFest, suggested that people contact Glandon at if they are interested in participating in the parade.

“Anyone who is interested in the parade or (RoseFest pageants) can contact her directly through her email,” Greene said.

The festival will end at 9 p.m., following the Captured Detroit concert.

Adkins said they had 40,000 to 45,000 people visit last year, including about 20,000 on Saturday, and there were no incidents to mar the event. The Roseville Police Department — along with other emergency personnel and Department of Public Works staff — will be at the event in case of emergencies, he added.

Saturday — the expected busiest day — will see some traffic restrictions. Fountain, Bohn, Chestnut, Academy and Woodland streets will all be closed to traffic to help contend with the load, though Adkins said Roseville Community Schools will be allowing people to use their parking lot adjacent to the park too. The city is hoping to get a shuttle service going from Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren that people can take to get to the festival.

A detailed schedule of events can be found on the city website — — and on the RoseFest website,

Tickets for the rides can be purchased in advance on both websites, Adkins said, including some presale pricing before June 15.

Unlimited ride day passes are available online for $15, or will cost $22 at the door. For more information or to volunteer for the event, call the City Manager’s Office at (586) 445-5410 or email

“Really, it is a big festival with a small-town feel,” Adkins said. “It’s just — I’ve been doing this a long time at different places. When you have a city the size of Roseville and (a) festival like this, it’s hard to maintain that feel, but this is it. You can have a reunion with people you haven’t seen in years, you can picnic in the park with your family; it’s a good thing — everything we want it to be.”