Together We Rose
As you know, our entire community has been impacted in one way or another by the devastating fire storms of 2017, which will become another historical moment in Santa Rosa’s 150-year timeline. As we think about this year’s Luther Burbank Rose Parade and the City of Santa Rosa’s 150th Celebration, we determined that our theme should be Together We Rose.
Together, we will rise and we will work to keep our community strong.
A time-honored tradition in Sonoma County and one of the oldest and largest continuously occurring events in Northern California, the Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival celebrates this year with a theme of Together We Rose on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Downtown Santa Rosa. This year’s theme acknowledges the impact of the devastating fire storms of 2017 which will become another historical moment in Santa Rosa’s 150-year timeline. Award winning floats, marching groups, non-profit organizations, and school bands will fill the streets with themed entries as they honor Together We Rose and Santa Rosa’s strength as a community.
After the parade, the fun continues with a festival in Downtown Santa Rosa. Enjoy family fun activities, music, and a variety of food booths.
The Parade is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the Festival is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Race through the vineyards of California’s wine country as you work your way to this iconic IRONMAN finish line!
The new IRONMAN Santa Rosa offers athletes the same high-quality event they’ve come to know and love in the heart of Sonoma County, with winding roads dotted with vineyards and world-class accommodation. For past race results from IRONMAN Vineman, please visit the event page.
Staged in beautiful Sonoma County and traversing through quaint communities like Geyersville and Healdsburg, IRONMAN Santa Rosa draws not only triathletes, but their wine and food loving family and support crews back every year. The event is a ticket into the heart of the world-famous wine regions of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, and once you’re there, you won’t want to leave. There are B&Bs and boutique hotel options to suit every budget, as well as thousands of wineries, craft breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants for pre-race fueling and post-race celebrations. The race also offers a springboard for vacation itineraries including the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz mountains, and coastal redwood forests.
The split transition race begins at Lake Sonoma, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. The 2.4-mile swim is a two-loop course taking place in the calm, clean Lake Sonoma. Athletes will transition to their bikes, setting out on the 112-mile course featuring gentle rollers as they ride through famous wine country and quaint towns. The City of Santa Rosa hosts transition two where athletes will begin a tree-lined, two-loop marathon along the Santa Rosa Creek trail. The finish line will take place at the new Courthouse Square park ideally located in downtown in Santa Rosa where great food and wine can be enjoyed by all spectators.
Preserving the best parts of the iconic IRONMAN Vineman event and improving the overall athlete experience, the course, which is less than 10 miles from the original venue, is a tour of Sonoma County’s beautiful wine country and pastoral countryside, passing through famous grape growing regions including: the Russian River Valley Region, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley.
Now presented by Fleet Feet with proceeds benefiting Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks, the St. Patrick’s Day 5K is an annual themed run/walk race open to all ages and abilities. The race is chip-timed and participants will receive a commemorative mug with a beverage fill-up at the finish line! Stick around after the race for the post-run celebration complete with a judged costume contest, fun activities, and music and entertainment! Race awards will take place in Old Courthouse Square post-race.
THE 73RD ANNUAL SEBASTOPOL APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2019
Theme: It Takes a Village to Blossom
Celebrating the Rich Diversity of our Community!
Saturday April 13, 2019
Festival & Parade
(Parade starts at 10 am
on Main St.)
Sunday April 14, 2019
Festival and Blues Music Explosion
2019 Festival Features Live Blues Performers and awesome music from nearby & around the country.
Click for the full line up.
When the first organized Roseland Cinco de Mayo event was held in 2006, it replaced several years of negative confrontations between local law enforcement and spontaneous Cinco de Mayo revelers. Since then, the success of Roseland Cinco de Mayo has helped bolster the idea that the urban eye-sore at Sebastopol Road and West Avenue can be transformed into a thriving neighborhood center.
Today with more than 50,000 attendees under its belt, the Cinco de Mayo festival is an example of how the Roseland community has come together to deliver a non-alcoholic, family-friendly atmosphere that continues to attract wider attention throughout the county and state.
The one-day festival features local entertainment, fun for the kids, informational booths, plenty of food choices, crowning the “Reina del Cinco de Mayo”, Rosie the Trolley shuttling guests to and from the Cinco de Mayo event, and an awesome low-rider car show.
Though the famed horticulturist Luther Burbank took part in the event as early as 1914, the annual tradition began in 1894 with the first Rose Carnival. It continued until 1926 when it was canceled due to Burbank’s death, shortly before the festival. A longer hiatus was observed during the World Wars.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce ‘Jaycees’ revived the event in 1950, renaming it in honor of Burbank. It has been held every year since and always with a parade. Many elements have changed over the years. The original affairs offered the grandeur of coronation balls and the pageantry of royal courts; later versions offered regattas, bicycle and running races, fireworks and tennis. The parade, though, has always been the central activity.?
Since its rebirth in 1950 the parade has become an annual event on the third Saturday in May, drawing a strong showing of local school marching bands, floats built by community and service organizations, equestrian teams, and units honoring local veterans.?
Festival activities, particularly fun and games for children, became a larger part of the day with the 100th anniversary event in 1994. The Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival became a formal tax-exempt corporation in 1994 after the last of its parent organizations disbanded. Community members, determined to keep the annual tradition alive, formed a 12-member board of directors. The volunteer group works year-round to produce the event, which meets an annual budget of $100,000 through sponsorships, grants, and parade and vendor fees.