If lilacs and the unlikely magnolias herald the springtime in Rochester, then summer's signal is the rose. The 23rd Annual Maplewood Rose Celebration will be held Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in and around Maplewood Park and Rose Garden (at the corner of Lake and Driving Park avenues). The festival features more than 5,000 roses of 300 varieties at their peak, and festival-goers can enjoy wine and jazz, live music, rose workshops, gorge and falls tours, and a variety of children's activities, including the new children's gorge tours. The event also features the 3rd Annual All-Maplewood Art Exhibition, as well as a new-to-this-year artist's consignment tent area. Music by The Dady Brothers and a Father's Day picnic will close the event on Sunday afternoon.
Admission is free, and parking is available in lot at the corner of St. Paul Boulevard and Avenue E, directly across the Driving Park Bridge from Maplewood Park. A shuttle will be provided. Handicapped parking is available at Maplewood Park. Cyclists may ride to the event using the Genesee Riverway Trail. For a full schedule and more information, call 428-6866 or visit cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest.