Maplewood Rose Celebration


Celebrate the Rose, Celebrate a Neighborhood

The roses are in bloom and a full program of activities awaits visitors to the 26th annual Maplewood Rose Celebration, to be held Saturday,   June 18 in and around Maplewood Park and Rose Garden.  The event, coordinated by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, features family entertainment, food, and much more.

The Maplewood Rose Festival continues with a cornucopia of activities that celebrate Rochester's history, ecology, people, and illustrious horticultural heritage. 

In particular this festival is an illumination and celebration of the Maplewood Neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Northwest Rochester neighborhood boasts hundreds of elegant century-old homes as well as parks and gardens designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, known as America's greatest landscape architect. This dazzling “built environment,” when combined with the natural majesty of the river and gorge, make for a truly unique urban neighborhood.

The Maplewood Neighborhood Association’s remarkable volunteers have partnered with the City to showcase its fantastic history, architecture, natural features, parks, and people.   

Complete 2016 Maplewood Rose Celebration Schedule:

Saturday, June 18 

• 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Rose Workshops throughout the day hosted by the Greater Rochester Rose Society.

• 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.: Lower Gorge Tours. Neighborhood docents will lead a fascinating, narrated tour of the historic and beautiful  Lower Gorge.(last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)

• 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: Horticultural and, Historic Vendors and, Exhibits 

• 10 a.m.–11 a.m.: Yoga in the Rose Garden in collaboration with the Maplewood YMCA

• 10:30 a.m.–noon.: Historic Olmsted Parks Walk with Joann Beck, former City Landscape Architect 

• 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Children Activities- The Department of Recreation's award winning mobile R-Center "Rec on the Move" will provide great children activities.

• 12–5 p.m.: Jazz and Wine in the Rose Garden. Features area wineries and farmers sampling and selling their wares in the garden amidst the fragrant bouquet of roses.(fee for tasting)
     12-3 p.m.: Darryl Parker Quartet
     3:30 p.m.- 6 p.m.: Lady Rose 

• 12-2 p.m.: Free tours of the historic Maplewood YMCA- celebrating 100 years.

• 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Historic Maplewood Architecture Walk with Architect Chris Brandt.

• 2–3 p.m.: Photography Workshop in the Rose Garden (Bring your camera!)


Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Information

Handicapped parking only in Maplewood Park lot (Driving Park Avenue). Other parking available on adjoining streets and in the Hawk Eye parking lot at the corner of St. Paul Boulevard and Avenue E, directly across the Driving Park Bridge from Maplewood Park (shuttle provided). The Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority offers bus service to several stops within a short walk of Maplewood Park—for more information on these routes and schedules, go to orcall 288-1700. Bike enthusiasts can avoid traffic and parking challenges by riding to the event along the wonderful Genesee Riverway Trail .

You can also take a bus to the festivities: Use the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Google Trip Planner to get a bus to Maplewood Park